Formerly the Gold Coast, Ghana is a young republic which became independent from Britain on March 6. 1957, the first black African colony to achieve its independence. Ghana occupies the pinnacle spot in Pan-African history having hit the torch for African Emancipation and became home in famous Pan-Africanist such as W.E. B Du Bois and George Pad more. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah whose mausoleum adds to Accra"s landscape was Ghana"s first President.European power struggle between the 15th and 19th centuries started with the Portuguese who built Elmina Castle in 1482. They were followed by the Dutch, Swedes, Danes, Prussians and the British looking for fortunes in gold and ivory. This intense commercial rivalry ended with the growth of the tragic trade in silvery - all 42 European castles and fortifications were used as dungeons for the millions most of whom lost their lives or whose descendants compose the African diaspora today. 42 forts and castles including Elmina and Cape Coast Castles are recognised by UNESCO as World I Heritage Monuments. Sites of wars between the British and at he indigenous population especially the Ashanti peoples. Ancient artistry in fabrics with the colourful and popular Ashanti Bonwire Kente Cloth now adopted as a focus of identity by many people of African descent the world over. An antique collector"s haven for ancient terra cotta work. Traditional gold jewellery, Krobo beads, northern leather and straw product, woodcarving of Ahwiaa-Ashanti. The practice of ancient herbal and alternative medicine side by side with orthodox medical practice throughout the country; herbariums preserve the ancient medical heritage. Colourful traditional festivals full of pomp and pageantry with Chiefs and Queen Mothers riding on lushly gilded palanquins. Colourful traditional open markets and lorry parks provide the sounds and sights of the African bazaar.


Africa is still developing so a three star or a four star hotel in the US or Europe will be different from that of Africa. Your trip will be pleasant if you do not compare things with the US or Europe. In other words you should appreciate West Africa the way it is. There are possibilities that your itinerary might change but this however happens on rare occasions, and if it happens the changes are normally very minor. So you will still have a great trip. Service may be a bit slow, so it is always advisable to place your orders for meals early, relax and have the patience to wait. Africa is unique in its culture and you will definitely notice a lot of cultural differences. For further information that is accurate, update and unbiased, we suggest you read the Rough Guide for West Africa.
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