Capital City of Accra
Accra, the capital of Ghana, has grown to become
a cosmopolitan African city. Most visitors to Ghana like to thoroughly
explore it. Accra has 3 million people living in it.
The nerve center of Accra, popularly known as Accra Central, is
densely populated with people and experiences a persistent traffic
jam during working hours, especially during the rush hour. However
at night and some weekends, the place is usually deserted. The indigenous
people of Accra are the Gas and they speak the Ga language. The
Gas trace their origins from ancient Egypt through Northern Nigeria
to their present home.
Interesting places to be found in the city include
the W.E.B Du Bois Memorial Center for Pan Africanism, where the
tomb of Du Bois and the ashes of his wife Shirley can be found.
The National Museum is home of exhibits of artifacts from ancient
West African kingdoms. The Independence Arch and the Independence
Square, Accra’s premier ceremonial grounds, and the Kwame
Nkrumah Mausoleum tell the story of Ghana’s independence.
A visit to the Nai Wulomo, the chief priest of the Gas, is recommended
for all who want an understanding of the Ga culture.
A tour of Accra cannot be complete without a visit
to the Arts Center where you can test your bargaining skills on
the vendors selling a large variety of African crafts and fabrics.
The architecture of Ghana’s premier university, the University
of Ghana, Legon, is a showpiece of Japanese architecture, a place
of educational interest.
The La pleasure beach is ideal for relaxation,
swimming and listening to African folk music. You may also wish
to visit the modern art gallery at Teshie–Nungua and catch
a glimpse of the special designer coffins which caught the attention
of National Geographic