Mr Boku’s adventure started with a spin on his plastic globe placed on his favourite table at home. He wanted a new experience and he wanted it not too far from home. Just in time, as the globe came to a stop, his eyes were fixed on Ghana and with a sigh of great relief, he had found it- a place close to home. Mr Boku booked his flight and was off to Accra, the beautiful capital city. On arrival at the Kotoka International Airport, he picked up a leaflet that talked about the city. A rush of excitement hit him as he realised that he was about to take on a new adventure.
Kotoka International Airport, Ghana
The country has quite a number of exotic resorts, beaches, hotels, bars, parks and many other relaxation spots that can be accessed. The tropical weather allows for soothing relaxation and gives off a serene ambience. The eastern coastal belt is warm and comparatively dry, the south-west corner of Ghana is hot and humid, and the north of Ghana is hot and dry.
Mr Boku chose the Labadi Beach Hotel to spend his holiday. It was close to the beach and had an amazing scenery at dusk when the sunset, as pictured in the leaflet he picked at the airport. And Mr Boku is a big fan of beautiful scenes.
Labadi Beach Resort, Accra
Throughout his stay, he visited historical and interesting places like the Elmina and St George’s Castle, Kakum National Park, Lake Volta (Volta Lake), Kintampo Falls, Mole National Park, and Paga Crocodile Pond, which he shortlisted as ‘must-go’ places in the country.
Popular canopy walk, Kakum National Park
He tried some of delicious delicacies from varieties of local restaurants, but had to confess that Banku, a locally prepared meal from a mixture of fermented corn and cassava into a smooth, whitish paste, served with pepper sauce and fish, was his favourite.
Ghana local delicacy, ‘Banku’
Some of his visits were done by bus, as some of the places were located in other neighbouring cities and towns. Mr Boku enjoyed the bus rides because he was able to meet new people on each trip and learn more about them and their culture. However, there was one thing that caught his interest during his visit to the Posuban Shrine. As he alighted from the bus he noticed a man wearing a beautifully printed rainbow-colour like wrapper tied across his shoulder. He could not seem to resist the beauty of this fabric, and so walked up to him and asked where he could buy it. The kind man in his mid-30s took Mr Boku to Makola Market, a very popular tourist market in Ghana. While there, Mr Boku was distracted with so many gorgeous hand-crafted souvenirs he could take back home to is collection and as gifts for friends and family. He picked quite a number of them and set back on his journey.
Arriving at the Posuban shrine, Mr Boku was stunned by the totems erected in front of it. He took out his camera to capture them and had taken more than 20 snapshots before he realized it.
These shrines were the work of Asafo companies, the patrilineal military units that are a feature of most Akan societies. They were once responsible for the town’s defense, but are now more ceremonial. Many posubans originated as storage houses for arms and company ceremonial dresses. The art, though African, draws on western themes, looking somewhat out of place in traditional Africa.
A tired Mr Boku arrived back at his hotel room late at night, preparing to return home the following morning. Lying on his bed, he began to reflect on all the fascinating places he visited and the wonderful people he had met. He had enjoyed his travel and only wished it would not end. But then, he had to start planning for his next adventure.
Reminiscing on his journey, Mr Boku asserted that Ghana is a very exceptional country. The rich culture is topped with not just its warm people, but amazing fashion, groovy music, enthralling places and delicious meals.
As such, Ghana is considered relatively very peaceful and was ranked as Africa’s most peaceful country by the Global Peace Index.
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