Accra City Tour

Accra
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  • Jamestown

 

Location: Accra

Description: Jamestown is vibrant community where one can observe the lifestyle of the average Jamestown resident. The colonial-era lighthouse, built in the 1930s provides a great view of the city and the busy and colourful fishing harbour. One can find several boxing gyms in Jamestown as it is known to produce some of the boxing champions from Ghana. The JamesTown Cafe which is a stylish architect-owned cafe, bar and music venue can be found just across the sea. There is also the ArchiAfrika gallery opposite, which showcases African architecture and design

 

  • Osu

 

Location: Oxford street, Osu

Description: this is one of the most lively parts of Accra. It is a hub of activity 24 hours a day. Many of Accra’s best bars, restaurants like Buka, Frankies & Monson and shops are in Osu. Stalls line the street and hawkers hound tourists selling personalised goods, boutique shops and other made in Ghana products. There are no specific tourist sights but still remains an essential part of any visit to Ghana.

 

  • W.E.B. Du Bois Center

 

Location: Off 2nd Circular Road, Cantonments  

Description: The center is named after William Edward Burghardt Du Bois who was an African-American civil rights activist and later became a citizen of Ghana in the 1960s. He is often known as the ‘Father of Pan-Africanism’. The centre is where he once lived with his wife and where they are now buried. It houses his personal library, a small museum with a handful of personal effects such as his graduation robes. The mausoleum is surrounded by Asante stools, a seminar room, a restaurant, a gallery, an amphitheater and a research centre for Pan-African history and culture.  

 

  • Osu Castle

Location: Osu, Accra

Description: The Osu Castle, also known as the Christiansborg Castle has been the first substantial fort built by Denmark-Norway in the 1660s, though the castle has changed hands between Denmark-Norway, Portugal, the Akwamu, Britain, and finally post-Independence Ghana, and was rebuilt numerous times. Currently, the Osu Castle is no longer the seat of government but an extension to the Jubilee House with the offices of some Ministers located at the castle, also most Commission of Inquiries carry out their duties from the castle.

  • National Theater

Location: South Liberia Rd.m Accra

Description: the National Theatre of Ghana was commissioned by the Government of Ghana and built in 1992. The construction of the National Theater was inspired by the rich Ghanaian Culture. The building has a complicated construction moulding and novel exterior features which make the whole structure look like a gigantic ship or a seagull spreading its wings when observed from afar.  Major festivals and programmes presented in collaboration with national and international communities and institutions, all of which included workshop for artists have been created and instituted at the theater over the past years.

 

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  • Independence Square

Location: Osu-Accra

Description: Kwame Nkrumah commissioned the Independence Square, also known as Black Star Square, to honour the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Independence Square is a vast, empty expanse of concrete overlooked by spectator stands which can seat about 30,000 people. The Independence Arch was an inspiration to other African countries vying for independence and the Flame of African Liberation. The roundabout before the square contains in the center, the Black Star Gate also known as the Black Star Monument which was built in 1961.

The vast area, built under Kwame Nkrumah, is designed for huge events and military marches and commercial events such as concerts and fashion shows, which take place throughout the year.

 

  • Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

Location: John Evans Atta Mills High Street, Accra

Description: Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is also known as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. It is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. This museum is dedicated to him to honour his dedication in liberating Ghana, formally known as Gold Coast, from colonial rule.

The Museum houses the personal effects and publications of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah  and pictures showing his life history with some of the most famous people of his time.

 

  • Centre for National Culture crafts market

Location: John Evans Atta Mills High Street, Accra

Description: The Centre for National Culture crafts market can also be simply known as the Arts Center. There are so many different stalls selling different varieties of Ghanaian inspired arts and crafts and this is one of the cool places to shop in Accra. There is so much to see and buy from woven Kente cloth, wooden sculptures to earrings and other fashion accessories matched with the latest in African Attire fashion from all over Ghana.

 

  • Makola Market

Location:  Makola Shopping Mall, Kojo Thompson Rd, Accra

Description: There is no better place to experience the full scale of trading and culture at the same time than in Makola Market, located in the heart of Accra. One can find so many unique Ghanaian ingredients which fill the air. This is probably one of the liveliest places in Ghana where one can so many people engaged in buying and selling. There is so much you can see and buy. Makola Market can be overwhelming, especially for first time visitors but can also provide one of the best experience you can have in Ghana.

 

  • Artists Alliance Gallery

Location: La Rd, Accra

Description: The Artists Alliance Gallery was established by the Ghanaian artist Ablade Glover which has over the years become one of the most important of its kind in Ghana. There are three expansive floors of art displayed in cool marble galleries. Art works by established artists, such as Owusu Ankomah and George Hughes while others are by new and upcoming artists like Ebenezer Borlabie.  The art works are inspired by market, rural and urban scenes interspersed with political satires. There are also the shrouded figures and crowd scenes by Glover himself. Other art works like the Asafo flags with appliquéd and embroidered symbols, ancient strip-woven Kente cloths by the Akan and Ewe, African masks of the type that inspired Picasso and intricately carved furniture.

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