Sankofa in ActionThe 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 ceremoniesfor 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.