Slave Castles And Forts In Ghana

TBT: If you could take an all-expense paid trip to Africa.  Where would you go? One of the must visit places in Africa is Ghana.

There are so many historic places to visit in Ghana. Did you know that Ghana has more than 15 Forts and 3 castles? Even though they now serve as tourist centres, they are also a reminder of the dark horrific period in Ghana’s History. (The brutal atrocities, horrific killings, rapes and sheer hatred of the black people)

‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.’ ~Marcus Garvey

Two of the castles can be found in the central Region, 1 at Cape Coast  called Cape Coast Castle and the another at Elmina St. George’s Castle or Elmina (Less than 30 minutes drive apart)

The last castle  is Christiansborg and is in the capital of Ghana, called Osu Castle (Fort Christiansborg). This use to be presidential seat after Ghana attained its Independence till 2013 when is was turned into a museum.

Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle was built in 1610 and is located in the Central Region of Ghana. The Swedes built the castle for their trade gold and timber purposes, however, it was later used as one of the slave castles. 

 

 

During the slave trade, Cape Coast castle served as one of the most important location of the trans-Atlantic Slave.

Captured and kidnapped slaves were kept locked up in the dungeons until they were shipped to either the land of the unknown. (Europe or America)

 

 

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Anyone wanting to trace their roots or where their ancestors came from must visit some of the Castles and forts in Ghana.

There’s so much history to learn and they have documented almost all the slaves names, their journeys and more….

 

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Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast, Ghana

 

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Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast, Ghana

Elmina Castle

Just like the Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle was also one of the slave castles. It was built during the colonial era by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. The first Europeans to arrive in Ghana (Gold Coast) were the Portuguese. (1471)

They started trading with the people of Gold Coast using a barter system, they brought items such as mirrors, guns in exchange for Ghana Gold and ivory

The built Elmina Castle in 1482. The architects were Diogo de Azambuja, and Luis Afonso

 

 

In addition to the 3 castles, there also over 15 Forts located in different regions in Ghana

Fort Coenraadsburg also known as fort st jago

Fort Good Hope – Dixcove, Ghana

Fort Batenstein – Butre, Western Region

Fort Amsterdam –  Kormantine, Central region,

Fort Metal Cross –  Dixcove

Fort Santo Antonio – Axim

Fort William /Lighthouse – Cape coast

Fort Victoria – Cape Coast

Fort Patience -Apam, Ghana

Fort San Sebastian – Shama Sekondi-Takoradi

Fort Oranje – Sekondi

Fort Apollonia – Beyin, Westen Region

Ussher Fort – James Town

Fort Prizenstein – Keta

The Portuguese were initially using the castle to protect their gold. Soon they started kidnaping the people of Gold Coast and sold them as slaves in Europe.

When the Dutch took over in 1637 from the Portuguese, Elmina Castle was used as a slave castle, they sold about 30,000 slaves a year for almost 250 years.

Elmina Castle – Cape Coast, Ghana

The British took over from 1867 until 6 march 1957 when Ghana attained independence Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

Today, the forts and castles in Ghana serve as tourism sites, however, the atrocities and inhuman act that took place during the era of our forefather will never be forgotten. Because is part of the dark history of Ghana.

 ‘We forgive but not forgotten‘~ Nelson Mandela

Anyone wanting to trace their roots or where their ancestors came from must visit some of the Castles and forts in Ghana.

In addition some of our  team members are originally from Cape coast (grew up and schooled there as well) and would be very happy to answer any questions about Cape coast or Ghana.

Osu Castle (Fort Christiansborg at Osu)

Osu Castle was built by the Danes, the Castle is the capital, Accra, Ghana

 

Osu Castle – Fort Christiansborg

 

 

 

Osu Castle – Fort Christiansborg – Ghana, West Africa

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Ghana Tourism: Ghana is fast becoming a hub for African Americans

Why Ghana

Ghana is fast becoming a Mecca for black Americans who are looking for profitable opportunities in a new environment. According to recent reports, more than 10,000 African-Americans visit Ghana yearly.

The History of Ghana

Ghana is a country in Western Africa with an estimated population of 28 million people. The capital city of present-day Ghana is Accra. 

Ghana achieved its independence from colonial rule in 1957. It was the first black African country to achieve its independence led by the famous Pan-African leader Kwame Nkrumah.

Ghana grew as a result of the Trans-Saharan trade where West Africans exchanged precious products such as gold, salt, ivory, and cloth.

Ghana Empire

This trade made Ghana grow powerful and its rulers became rich. Ancient Ghana embraced a monarchial system of government which was ruled by great kings. These great kings resided in the capital at Koumbi Saleh where they controlled all the gold. Some of these powerful kings of Ghana include; King Kaya Magan, Bassi, Tunka Manin, Abu Bakr ibn,(was a Somali Sultan)  , and Soumaba Cisse.

Ghana Empire was strong that  they had more than 200 or more warriors at a point in time. And were the most powerful and feared  at that time.

Ghana has fertile soils with a favourable climate for agriculture thus an estimate of 69% of Ghana’s land is used for Agricultural purposes.

In addition, the land has lush forests, miles of coastal sandy beaches, many wildlife, exotic waterfalls such Kintampo waterfalls, Boti waterfalls, Wli waterfalls and Tagbo falls, which is the largest waterfall in West Africa, which are tourist destinations.

Boti Falls

Boti falls is a twin fall, popularly described as male and female falls by the Koforidua residents. The tourist attraction is 90 minutes drive from Accra. This spectacular place attracts thousands of people across the whole of Ghana.

The falls originated from Ahenkwa-Amalakpo, falling over an igneous rock outcropped by weed into the River Pawnpawn. The name of the fall was coined out of the crop growing on the igneous rock, Boti Langmase.

The area was reported to have been discovered by a white catholic priest

Raining seasons:

The water level is high, causing these 2 falls to meet in what the residents termed as “mating ceremony”. tourists will have to move as close as just few steps away from the fall and at this point the tourist will be greeted by sprouting rainbows offering a mind-blowing view. The fall is today, one of the top attractions of the country.

Ghana has the largest manmade lake in the world by surface area, Lake Volta. Another major tourist destination in Ghana is Bosumtwi meteorite crater. Over the past years, Ghana has been ranked as the friendliest country in the world.

The country has famous castles, Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle. To add on, there are numerous national parks namely; Kakum national park, Mole national park, and Ankasa national park.

The various forts in Ghana include; Fort Amsterdam, Fort Fredericksburg, Fort Santo Antonio, and Fort Metal Cross. Ghana is a beautiful and peaceful country with friendly people. 

 

Elmina Castle, Cape Coast

There are over 3,000 African American living in Ghana. Check out some of the best places to visit and reside in Ghana.

 

The fact remains that, the nation has consistently enjoyed a peaceful political climate without many threats of internal or external strife since it gained independence from the British in 1957.

Ghana’s temperate weather also makes it an attractive choice. The beautiful beaches, Ghanaians are very friendly, affordable cost of living, beautiful sites and historic places to visit…

 

 

Most African-Americans that reside in Accra are entrepreneurs. Teaching is another highly desirable profession. However, there are many supports extended to foreign pupils and the qualified staff who instruct them.

Dixcove Ghana

Did You Know? Ghana is one of the most stable African countries.

 

 

Former Miss Tourism Ghana and Miss Culture Ghana sheds more light on why you should visit Ghana

 

Visiting Africa soon? Why not visit Ghana, did you know that Ghana has lots Castles and forts?

 

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Traveling around the world comes with a lot of risks. However, there are countries in Africa which is less risky because it’s safer than one can imagine.

Most people who have never visited Africa before always find it difficult to believe that most African countries are far safer than their own countries.

Let’s take Ghana for instance, Is It Safe To Visit Ghana?

Ghana is a country located in west Africa and shares boundaries with African countries like Ivory Coast in the west, Togo in the east, Burkina Faso in the north and shares boundary with the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in the south.

 

It happens to be one of the peaceful countries in the world and on the African continent.

 

The country is well known for its rich history and cultural heritage. It is endowed with extraordinary natural resources and tourist sites. It has a moderate population of about 30million with majority practicing the Christian religious faith, followed by Muslim and traditional faith.

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Ghana was colonised by the British, the country’s official language is English and this makes it easier for foreigners to visit the country.

It also has several local languages of which the Akan language is the most widely spoken language. The country practice a democratic governance led by a president who is also the head of state and commander in chief of the army.

The capital city of Ghana is Accra in the greater Accra region.

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Talking about entertainment, the country has talented artistes who have gained international recognitions with their remarkable flairs. The likes of Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Reggie Rockstone, Okyeame Kwame, Efya, Kwesi Arthur, Kwame Eugene just to mention a few.

 

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YEAR OF RETURN, PROS AND CONS, BENEFITS TO GHANA AND ITS EFFECT ON THE NPP IN 2020 ELECTIONS.

In September 2018, in Washington D.C, the president of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo – Addo officially declared August 2019 as “year of Return”.

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The “Year of return “, is an initiative by the Ghana government to give room for Africans abroad to embark on a birth-right journey to visit Africa.

Especially Ghana, in remembrance of the early batch of Africans who were persuasively sent from Africa to the united states of America to go through times of agony, denial and embarrassment, four hundred (400) years ago.

 

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It is believed that, the idea of inviting Africans from the diaspora will serve a union between the Africans on the continent and their families across the globe.

Addressing the media, the chief executive officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority,

Mr Akwasi Agyeman made the public aware of some benefit this event has brought to the Ghanaian economy and its relationship with the developed countries.

He said that, the year of return has contributed to an increase in the economy of Ghana in the sense that,

a lot of ‘Black’ Americans have visited the country as a result, profits have been made into tourist sites, airlines, guesthouses, arts and eateries.

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Also, apart from it being a year of visitation and commemoration, Ghana is likely to gain recognition in terms of tourism internationally.

However, with all the above-mentioned merits, there could be some glitches, taking into consideration the larger effect on the economy.

Thus, inflation could be activated in the local economy since services made to foreigners are increased with the mindset that foreigners are rich and this could affect the

 

New Patriotic Party Negatively in the 2020 election.

Whatever the outcome of the election next year, one thing is for sure,

President Akuffo Addo has introduced Ghana to the world in a way that no other Ghanaian Government has ever than…

The project Year of Return was initiated by President Nana Akufo-Addo to encourage African diasporas and African Americans to visit and invest in the country.

It was started in 2018, which is exactly 400 years after the first African slaves arrived in the US.

Many singers, actors, and political figures have made an appearance at a series of events organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Here are some of the visitors and how they spent their time in Ghana. (In No Particular Order)

BEYONCE

The twitter page Beyoncé Hive News recently announced that Beyonce is planning to celebrate Christmas in Ghana with her family.

 

A Ghanaian journalist revealed that Beyonce might be planning a special Christmas Concert in Accra, but refused to reveal further details.

 

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MICHAEL JAI WHITE

The African American Actor visited Ghana in 2018 December to attend the Full Circle Festival.

MICHAEL JAI WHITE in Ghana

He joined the festival taking place in the Akwamu Traditional Area, where was installed as chief by the Akwamu King.

CARDI B

Cardi B was recently on a tour in West Africa, during which she spent a day in Ghana’s capital Accra for the Year of Return Events.

Her performance was highly praised, but it was her outfit with the colors of the Ghana Flag that was the center of attention. Her hair color that matched the flag was the cherry on top.

T.I.

Rapper T.I. arrived in Ghana with his wife on December 8. He was greeted by fans, drummers, and dancers at Kotoka International Airport.

The couple first went sightseeing at the Elmina Castle, followed by Cardi B’s concert. They went out partying with Cardi after the concert.

 

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KOFI KINGSTON

2019 has been a very exciting year for the WWE Champion, who visited his home country for the first time in 26 years.

He spent four days in the country, during which a WWE film crew accompanied him and recorded the events.

Among Kingston’s plans, there were children’s rally, visits to hometowns of both his parents and meetings with Nana Akufo-Addo and the Ashanti Monarch Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

NAOMI CAMPBELL

Super Model has visited Ghana a few times since January. Her last visit was in November, during which she attended Africa’s 1st Business Heroes Entrepreneur Summit at the Accra International Conference Center.

She also had the chance to meet Akufo-Addo. Her impressive dress was the design of Ghanaian designer Pistis.

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IDRIS ELBA

Idris Elba visited the country with his family in December 2018. He was seen attending Sarkodie’s Rapperholic event.

He was later featured in a music video by Sarkodie called “Party & Bullshit”. His previous visit was in 2015 for filming Beasts of No Nation, during which he almost died by slipping down a 30-m waterfall drop.

 

ADRIENNE-JOI JOHNSON

The American actress visited Ghana in August and traveled to the Ashanti capital Kumasi.

She gave a speech about the importance of the project at a masterclass at the Golden Bean Hotel.

She emphasized the strong ties between Ghana and the US, and how this can be utilized for future collaborations.

Others include Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter,Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba and more

Check out a very powerful message from actor and model Justin Kwamina Spio

 

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The videos below explain how the Door of no return in Ghana played a vital horrific role in the transatlantic Slave trade that saw the worst demeaning atrocities ever done to humanity. 

Did you know there are the 3 castles and over 15 Forts located in different regions in Ghana? 

 

As the image from Cape Coast Castle states

”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’

‘Today we see a beautiful sea, our ancestors and forefathers over 400 years ago saw this same shores as source of pain,  bloodshed, tears and heartbreak’ JustinaD

 

 

This the Year of return 2019, in remembrance of the anguish of our ancestors over 400 years ago.

 

 

We hope those returning to the motherland, will find peace.

There door or return is very symbolic in Ghana’s history,  and those seeking to trace their origin or ancestors

 

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Steve Harvey Visits Ghana

Broderick Stephen Harvey is a renowned veteran American TV presenter, actor, radio presenter, comedian, author and producer with an undeniable influence in the United States’ entertainment industry.

His outstanding career has won him numerous legendary awards and honors in the entertainment world.

Notably, he is a four-time winner of the NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, BET Humanitarian Award, 2011 BET Awards.

2013 Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2013 Marconi Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host – Steve Harvey among others.

He is the current host of the famous Miss Universe pageant since 2015 and recently visited the Elmina Castle and Cape Coast in Ghana.

 

 

Harvey was spotted crying when he toured the iconic Elmina Castle on the Cape Coast, Ghana with his family on Friday.

Steve Harvey in Ghana
Steve Harvey in Ghana. Photo Credit: Steve Harvey

The brutality and torture that Africans endured during the era of slavery was too much to bear.

Arguably, no one will visit the Door Of No Return without shedding tears for African ancestors’ courageous endurance.

Notably, in 2009, the former president of the United States, Barrack Obama reflected on this when he – along with his family – visited the dreadful site.

Other tourists often hallucinate the cries ofAfricans in the historic castle...

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While at school, Harvey discovered his talent as he never stopped making colleagues laugh and decided to give it a shot.

His effort was soon rewarded with his first stand-up comedy in 1985 at the Hilarities Comedy Club, Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1990, he made it to the final stage of the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search contest to confirm his talent and hard work in bringing himself to limelight in the world of comedy.

This earned him his first job as a TV host with “Showtime at the Apollo.” Following a breakthrough in the stand-up comedy, he was called up to participate in the ABC series, “Me and the Boys” in 1994.

Harvey became the face of the country, a legend and his successful career were enough to open more doors in the entertainment industry.

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He took to radio stations to host numerous events such as the Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud among others.

The humble entertainment mogul has since then hosted the annual event to date…

His visit to Ghana has been a real eye opener for him, his family and friends. The injustices against his ancestors through the horrific slave trade has been a very shocking and humble experience for him…

”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’~ Cape Coast Castle

 

 

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The History Of The Ashanti Empire

The  Asante, composed of small chiefdom as an ethnic subgroup of the Akan people.

In the late 1600s, the Ashanti dominated the modern day Kumasi and became a very powerful clan following their tribe’s encounter with the European gold miners.

The expansion can be traced to the smooth relationship between the European gold miners who consistently trade the gold of all the clans in the cities.

This was the primary reason for naming the region Gold Coast.

The Portuguese supplied weapons in exchange for their gold that the clan believed was of no use at the time because they had in abundance. 

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This allowed the small clan/state to grow its armoury and market trading compared with other neighbouring clans.

In 1701, Osei Tutu became the new king (Asantehene) and a new priest, Komfo Anokye was also installed.

The duo led a campaign to unify the chiefdoms into a formidable military and political clan in the coastal region.

To maintain the territory, the Aantehene made Kumasi the capital.

 

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A new constitution for the entire clan. This led to the creation of a cultural festival, Odwira to celebrate the union of all the Akan clans.

Lastly, the Asantehene, Osei Tutu, created a Golden Stool to symbolize the ancestors of all the Ashanti and as a result, made only his tribe the heir to the throne. Osei Tutu’s reign lasted till 1717.

Since then new empire lived on gold, the Asantehene ensures gold mines are royal possessions and made gold dust a legal tender in the empire.

People design clothes with gold dust and the larger gold ornaments were owned by the royal family, making the wealthy more valuable.

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Sooner, the gold was made into pieces of jewellery, statuary and other beautiful fashion patterns.

The tide turns in the 1800s as the empire that once lived on gold now had to venture in the slave trade in exchange for valuable

finished goods and other materials such as firearms from the British, French, Dutch and Portuguese slave masters.

They then started trading northern captives and in other to improve on their trade, extended their captives to Hausa traders to meet up with the overwhelming demand of the slave masters.

As a result, the Ashanti Empire had to fight many wars in an attempt to extend or defend their territory and gather more slaves for trade.

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These dealt a blow to the empire as the empire continued to grow weaker as a result of the loss of many soldiers.

By 1823, the British took an interest in the Empire and the British encroachment was successfully restricted for 50 long years before the British forces invaded the Empire and captured Kumasi.

The war was titled “The war of the Golden Stool”

 

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 MUST VISIT CASTLES IN AFRICA

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”

As surprising as it might sound, the number of castles in Africa is more than we can imagine. Due to the colonization of Portuguese, Dutch, German and British forces and subsequent wars, many castles were built for different purposes. Here is a look at iconic castles from Africa.

  • CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE, SOUTH AFRICA

Castle of Good Hope is one of the first examples of Dutch architecture in Cape Town. It was built in the 17th century as a defense mechanism, residential area and later prison for Dutch army officers who surrendered after the Second Boer War where they lost against British forces.

 

Interestingly, the castle was on the coast when it was first built, but is now located inland after the land reclamation. Inside the bastion fort, there are many interesting exhibitions and events for you to check out.

  • ELMINA CASTLE, GHANA

Ghana has the highest number of fortifications by far. Elmina Castle erected by the Portuguese in 1482 is the oldest European building in the country. It was basically used as a trading post on the Gulf of Guinea as well as a center for slave trade.

The fort was subsequently conquered by Dutch forces and was held in power for 200 years before being taken over by the British Empire. The castle has been designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1979.

 

  • FORT JESUS, KENYA

This castle was a distinct design of Italian architect Giovanni Battista Cairati. Mombasa Island of Kenya was an important port as it was the seen as the gate to the Spice Route and other trades routes surrounding Indian Ocean., so the king of Portugal built Fort Jesus to declare control in the area.

 

Its design has Renaissance features, but the building materials were provided by Swahili people, which resulted in an extraordinary look as a combination of the west and the east.

When viewed from the air, you can actually see that it was built in the shape of a man. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011 as the most outstanding example of Portuguese military fortificiation.

 

  • FORT CAPUZZO, LIBYA

As you might understand from the name, Fort Capuzza was built in the Italian colony of Libya near the Egyptian border. The Italian colony of Libya was in a war against the Senussi tariqa during the first half of the 20th century, so they had to build large barriers along the borders.

 

Fort Capuzzo constituted an important part of that barrier to prevent Senussi forces from crossing the border. It is possible to visit the castle during guided tours of the battlegrounds in North Africa.

 

  • FASIL GHEBBI/EMPEROR YOHANNES IV CASTLE, ETHIOPIA

The fortress city of Fasil Ghebbi is perhaps the most spectacular building of Ethiopia. Founded in the 17th century by Emperor Fasilides, the castles served as a home to Ethiopia’s emperor for a long time. Declared a UNESCO World Heritages Site in 1979, the castle is one of the best examples of Nubian Architecture style.

 

  • CAIRO CITADEL, EGYPT

The medieval Islamic fortification of Cairo Citadel was built in 1176 by the Ayyubid dynasty to protect the city during the Crusade wars. The most interesting feature of the castle is the mosque erected in the 19th century by Ottoman Commander Muhammad Ali Pasha after taking the control of the city from the Mamluks.

Today, there are two other mosques as well as several museums such as the Egyptian Military Museum, Carriage Museum and Al-Gawhara Palace Museum.

The fort lies next to Alexandra’s ancient lighthouse, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It served as a defensive fortress against the threats coming from Mediterranean Sea, especially that of the Ottoman Empire. It was renovated several times since it got severe damage from earthquakes and wars.

  • FORTRESS OF SAO MIGUEL, ANGOLA

This Portuguese fortress was built in Luanda, Angola in 1576 by Paulo Dias de Novais who was the first governor of the Portuguese Angola. The fortress was an administrative center as well as the checkpoint for trade and slave traffic to Brazil. Visiting the fortress, you can find out about the Portuguese colonization.

 

There is a courtyard that contains statues of Vasco da Gama, Portugal’s First King and Diogo Cao (who was the first European to reach Angola). The fortress also holds Museum of the Armed Forces that depicts the military structure of Portuguese Angola

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  • FORT SAO SEBASTIAO, MOZAMBIQUE

Another example of Portuguese architecture in Africa is the Fort of Sao Sebastio in Mozambique. Its construction by the Portuguese colonizers began in 1558 and took fifty years to finish.

The resultant massive fort has managed to still intact to this day. The Chapel of Nossa Senhore de Baluarte, which is the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere, lies right next to the fort.

 

  • OSU CASTLE, GHANA

Osu Castle is one of the first and few examples of Scandinavian influence in Africa. The first fort was built by the Kingdom of Denmark and the Kingdom of Norway in 1660. By building the castle, they wanted to keep the area protected from the Portuguese army whom they acquired the area from.

Throughout its history, the castle changed hands many times between Denmark-Norway, Portuguese and Britain, so their influence in the expansion and renovation of the castle can easily be observed. It has political importance as the seat of government in today’s Ghana. The castle also contains the burial ground of the late president John Alta Mills.

 

  • TALEH CASTLE, SOMALIA

Taleh is a historical town in eastern Somali, serving as the headquarters of the Dervish State. Mohammad Abdullah Hassan, the religious leader of the Dervish State, erected five forts in the early 20th century.

Taleh Caste is the largest of these forts. The castle is surrounded by tombs of early dervishes. Although the fort was significantly damaged by British forces, it was renovated by Somalia forces where they built a large military base in the town.

 

  • GREAT ZIMBABWE/NESBITT CASTLE ZIMBABWE

The ancient city of Great Zimbabwe was built within a large fortress, serving as the capital of Kingdom of Zimbabwe. The fortress was so large that the completion of its construction took nearly four centuries.

It boasted the royal palaces for the local monarch as well as the seat of political power. It was also an important landmark for the trade of gold and iron through the Central Africa.

Today, there is an ongoing archeological work for constructing the chronological history of the fortress. An interesting landmark inside the fortress is the Great Zimbabwe University which focuses of arts and social sciences.

 

Compared to the other castles in the list, Nesbitt Castle was built much later in the 1920s by businessman Theodore Holdengarde. Holdengarde was a South African – British businessmen and mayor of Bulawayo.

He decided to build the castle after arriving in Southern Rhodesia and buying 100 acres of land. Its architecture was heavily influenced by neo-gothic architecture. Although the castle was later converted to a hotel, there are certain renovations still underway, so the castle will have more options for the visitors.

 

  • DUWISIB CASTLE/FORT NAMUTONI, NAMIBIA

 

Set atop a hill overlooking the Namib Dune Desert, Duwisib Castle was built by Baron Captain Heinrich Von Wolf after the German-Nama War. More than just a residence for him and his wife, the castle represented his victory and dedication in the area.

The raw materials used for building the walls were imported from Germany. After the World War I, Von Wolf sold the castle to a wealthy Swedish family, who then transferred the castle to the state in the 70s.

It was opened to the public in 1991 as a museum containing antiques, armor and paintings. There are also numerous accommodation options including camping around the castle.

If you love adventure, then Namutoni Camp also called  Etosha National Park is one of the must visit places whenever in Namibia

 

Ghanaians celebrates 6th March as the colonial rule came to an end and the dawn of their independence. In 1821, the British Government took control of the British trading forts.

In 1844, Fanti chiefs on the Gold Coast signed an agreement with the British that led to the colonial status for the coastal area. In 1902, the British succeeded in establishing firm control over the Ashanti region and making the northern territories a protectorate, the Kingdom of Ashanti was the  most powerful Kingdom…

Happy 58th Independence Day To Ghana

On 6th March, 1957, the Independence Day of Ghana was officially announced. Ghanaians celebrates 6th March as the colonial rule came to an end and the dawn of their independence.

They were under the rule of the British and finally with lots of struggle and suffering, the country became Free. Ghana was the first black African country to gain its independence.

The independence day is an extremely important day in the Ghanaian calendar, thousands of people gather in the capital, Accra, to enjoy this day and to greet the first prime minister of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The national flag is raised high as people join in to sing the national anthem 6th March is being declared a public holiday where workshops, performances, demonstrations are carried out for the people’s amusement.

The largest national spectacle and display of colour takes place in Blackstar square on this day.

Each government service is represented in ceremonial dress, the Army, Navy, Airforce, Police, Firemen, Special Presidential Forces and a selection of schools and colleges parade in front of the President and invited world leaders as well as 30,000 spectators.

The military mass band accompanies the event with music,cultural dancers and students from the region paying homage to the President and invited dignitaries.

At night, the skies light up with beautiful fireworks as the people gather to show respect to all the people who fought tirelessly for the independence day of Ghana.

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Happy 60th Independence Day To Ghana!

Visiting Africa soon? Why not visit Ghana, did you know that Ghana has lots Castles and more than 40 slaves castles?

 

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