City Guide, Accra
Accra is the capital city of Ghana in West Africa. Almost two million people
live in Accra, making it Ghana's most populated city. Accra is a sprawling city,
with a mixture of modern buildings, shanty towns, occasional castle and lively markets.
The central commercial hub is around the Makola Market (pictured here). Just south
of the market is the Atlantic ocean (Gulf of Guinea). Accra's shanty towns are mostly
to the west of the city center. East of the city center and north towards the Kotoka
international airport, is where you'll find most of the hotels, embassies and smarter
Some of the favorite Accra tourist attractions include Osu Castle, National Museum,
Independance Square, The National Art Center, Aburi Botanical Gardens, Shai Resource
Reserve, Du Bois Memorial Center, the National Archives o f Ghana, the central Library
of Ghana, the National Theater, the Accra International Conference Center, the Accra
Centre for National Culture, the W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture,
the Ohene Djan Stadium and a lighthouse.
Another most frequently visited site during sightseeing in Accra is the The National
Museum was officially opened to he public in the year 1957 on the 5th of March by
the Late Princess Marina, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent. The exhibits
that you will get see along with a short film which is also shown throws much light
on the culture and tradition of Ghana.
Culture and entertainment
Ghanaians are very cheerful people and loves to celebrate all the major festivals
and events round the year. The place has the highest number of Christians in West
Africa. Seasonal celebrations like Christmas are celebrated in a grand scale and
bring a whole tribe or a clan together.
Ghana has a proliferation of small museums devoted to the history and culture
of its regions. Located in Accra, the National Museum of Ghana is worth adding to
any itinerary and showcases many fascinating aspects of Ghanaian life. Whilst the
capital city of Accra is a good place to start to get to know more about Ghana,
it is also worth exploring the museums found elsewhere in the country, from Cape
Coast in the south to Bolgatanga in the north.
Food and drink
International food is available in most large hotels and many restaurants serve
a range of local traditional foods. In Accra there are also restaurants serving
Middle Eastern, Chinese, French and other European cuisine.
- Kenkey (hot peppers and fried fish, eaten mostly in the Accra region).
- Akyeke (cassava couscous served with avocado).
- Fufu (pounded cassava beans, yam, plantain or rice, usually accompanying
traditional soups (palmnut, groundnut), kontomere and okro (stews)).
- Fante fante (a palm oil stew with small fish, popular in the central regions).
- Akrantee (bushmeat).
The Ghanaians drink in "spots", open-air bars, usually walled by brightly
coloured boards. All well-known soft drinks like Fanta, Sprite and Coca Cola are
readily available, as are the local beers Star, Club and ABC. If you want something
extra strong, you should try akpeteshie (local gin), distilled palm wine, a real
delicacy that's best when drunk fresh. The drink favoured at local ceremonies is
The Accra Mall, one of the most modern shopping malls in West Africa, will be
officially inaugurated on the 4th of July, 2008. The Mall, located off the Spintex
Road near the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange in Accra, is the first large-scale shopping
centre in Ghana. It is one of the finest shopping malls in the sub region and is
comparable to other similar sized malls anywhere in the world. The pioneering retail
venture, which took twenty-months to build, is the brainchild of Mr. Joseph Owusu-Akyaw,
a retired career banker and now retail development expert.