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Sightseeing in Accra

Sightseeing in Accra

When I arrived at the Kwame Nkrumah Water Park, the fountain was dry, the gate was locked and the caretaker had gone to church. I had chosen to tour the city on Sunday because traffic flows more seamlessly on the day of the Lord.

Speaking of traffic, the first thing I noticed upon arrival is the effectiveness of the neighboring Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in speeding up motorists. Formerly known as Kwame Nkrumah Circle, this popular landmark connects all four corners of the city and the rest of the country.

Completed in 2016, the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange enables smooth transits to and from Ring Road Central, Nsawam Road, Kwame Nkrumah Avenue and Ring Road West. The project remodeled the old round about and unblocked clogged arteries.

A giant statue of Kwame Nkrumah is erected inside the aforementioned water park. I didn’t have access to the park but 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, albeit from a heap of garbage abandoned outside the fence, I left the area. As the driver accelerated along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, I made a decision to read books written by this great Pan African.

Kwame Nkrumah remains a towering figure in African history. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent civil disobedience, he led Ghana to independence in 1957. Under his leadership, Ghana became a beacon of hope for not only Ghanaians but also people of African descent all over the world.

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