Sankofa in Action
The Sankofa ideology that the Ghanaian society follows can be applied to many of
their current actions. Currently Ghana is a progressing nation, developing more
everyday. As a culture they are moving forward in all aspects of society. Cell phones
are highly used and traditionalism has been a way to profit from tourism. Arts and
crafts used to symbolize historic creations and ideologies from past generations
throughout history are being mass-produced for market value. Ghanaian society is
moving forward through its
past in order to live and survive in the present.
The slave castles used to look out onto the ocean for the slave trade. Now looking
through the same window a new fishing industry is seen. They are different kinds
of boats and trade.
The stools used from traditional ceremonies
for current symbolism and furniture.
The stools seen in the photo are traditional stools that were used for ceremonial
proposes. They were used for women during their transitional 7-day puberty rights
ceremony. The stool was also very famous for the king and Queen mother. The stool
was plated in gold, for the king to be carried in on and is still kept to this day
in the palace. Currently the symbol of the stool and actual replica of is found
in many different places, including the University of Ghana, where this picture
was taken. The stools used in everyday life remind the people of Ghana of it’s historical
and its customary purpose.
Former President Kwame Nkrumah’s memorial park,
in remembrance of Ghana’s great accomplishments.
Former president Kwame Nkrumah’s memorial park is very open and visible in Accra,
which the capital of Ghana. His memorial park represents how far Ghana has come
since it’s independence in 1993. The park is a way for Ghanaian people to look into
a short past and a way to show that it is possible to improve accomplishments, which
is one half the Sankofa ideology. At the memorial, water is flowing through fountains
around the statues. The flowing water is said to symbolize life and its constant
motion, as well as symbolizing President Nkrumah’s accomplishments still live on.