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R-MC Ghana group in front of the Kwame Nkrumah Monument in Accra: Nkrumah was the
first Ghanaian President after their independence and he was apparently removed
by none other than the U.S. CIA.
Ghana is making great progress towards the goal of eradicating HIV/AIDS. This is
just one of many slogans and advertisements in the effort: a sticker on a door in
"STOP AIDS, LOVE LIFE" is the official catchphrase of the Ghana AIDS Commission.
This is another sticker on a window in Accra.
Coffins of Ghanaians are often stylized in the design of something indicative of
the dead who it contains. These coffins are made by a Ghanaian entrepreneur for
Americans who wished to get in on something of a trend.
A view from Legon: the University of Ghana at Legon is at the top of a hill, looking
down at the residential Lower Accra. Legon literally means "atop a hill."
Balme Library at the University of Ghana, Legon. This library has the largest collection
in the country.
There are football stadiums throughout Ghana where both youth and professional teams
play. All the fields and teams are government funded in some manner.
We twice visited the African Craft Market in Accra. This atmosphere involved intense
bargaining and seller bidding-wars. Our objective: to get the most stuff for the
lowest price. Some were more successful at this than others.
In El Mina we stayed at The Coconut Grove Beach Resort. This is the view from just
outside Amanda's room door.
Captive: Here we are in only a soldiers holding cell at Elmina Castle.
At the Cape Coast slave castle we went out the "door of no return" which slaves
were lead through to small boats to be loaded onto ships.
The look out portion of Cape Coast Castle where the cannons were once ready to protect
anyone intending to intrude upon the British. Although initially intended for protecting
the land from invasion, the castle soon became a holding place for slaves for the
better part of the years of slave trade.
Women all over Ghana carry their infants and toddlers on their back, secured by
strategic folds and ties of a cloth around their torso. The process is a very interesting
one which involves balance and skill, one might even say it is an art.
In Kumasi the largest open-air market in the country bustles. it is so large that
Kofi, our tour guide refused to let us venture into it for fear that he would never
find us again in its size.
Just outside of Kumasi is a Kente cloth village. Here we observed the making and
selling of both Kente and Indinkra cloths. We were able to do some really good bargaining
Chris and Amanda stayed with a woman named Mercy during our home stays in Ho. Although
her children were grown, her neighbor had twins who took a liking to Chris (and
A village alongside the highway in the Volta region: our bus attracted much attention
as we traveled across Ghana. the most attention was that of children who were very
eager to wave and be waved back at.
In order to get to the Wli Falls we had to hike through the forest. Casey got a
lift from Justin.
After about 30 minutes of hiking we came to the falls. The Wli Falls in Hohoe is
the highest falls in West Africa. it looks refreshing kids, but don't go in unless
you are willing to risk Schistosomiasis (which a few of us did).