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Hello Accra

Hello Accra

I had breakfast at RockWoods African, on Ring Road Central. Then I spent a few minutes studying the map of Accra and fine-tuning my itinerary. A few minutes later, I walked out of the restaurant and disappeared into the streets of the city I wasn’t familiar with.

As I usually say, walking enables me to observe and absorb more. Besides, the simplest form of exercising brings money-can’t-buy health benefits. My first activity in the Ghanaian capital was a walking tour.

The streets of Accra are not as pedestrian-friendly as the ones I traverse back home. The absence of paved roadside walkways and suffocating congestion, not to mention West Africa’s scotching heat, are to blame for the withering of walking flavor in this part of the world. Despite these unfavorable conditions, I covered about four kilometers on foot.

I strolled along Ring Road Central all the way to the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange. Formerly known as the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, the interchange connects all four corners of the city and the rest of the country. Completed in 2016, this massive project enables smooth transits to and from Ring Road Central, Nsawam Road, Kwame Nkrumah Avenue and Ring Road West. Its implementation remodeled the old round about and unblocked clogged arteries.

A giant statue of Kwame Nkrumah is erected inside the neighboring Kwame Nkrumah Water Park. I didn’t have access to the park because the gate was locked and the caretaker was nowhere to be found. However, I was able to see the interior and snap a few photos while tip-toeing on an elevated spot behind the fence.

After a close look at the imposing statue of the father of the nation, albeit from a heap of garbage abandoned outside the fence, I left the area. This time, I used Bolt’s application to book a ride. As the driver accelerated along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, I reviewed my itinerary one more time and noticed one thing: The first president of Ghana left his footprints all over the country. His name will be mentioned quite often throughout my Accra chronicles.

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