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Visiting Ghana’s Independence Monument

Visiting Ghana’s Independence Monument

I entered Ghana through Aflao, a bustling border town located in the Volta Region. On my way to Accra, I spent some time studying the map of the city and fine-tuning my itinerary.

I was dropped near Stanbic Bank, Ring Road Branch. Then I walked along Ring Road Central all the way to the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange. 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.

After learning one or two things about the project implemented to ease traffic in the city, I booked a cab on an app known as Bolt. The app was recommended by a Ghanaian friend of mine. Download the app, pick your destination, request a ride, meet your driver and there you go. It was as simple as that. The destination I picked was the Independence Monument, on 28th February Road.

Ghana was the first colony in Africa to gain independence. This feat inspired the rest of Africa and shone a ray of hope across the continent. Under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah, the country played a significant role in decolonization efforts around the continent. In addition, Nkrumah’s administration helped to strengthen the ideology of Pan Africanism.

Gold Coast, Ashanti, Northern Territories and British Togoland were unified to form a single independent dominion on March 6, 1957. However, it was until after the 1960 constitutional referendum and Africa’s first presidential elections that Ghana was declared a republic and Nkrumah became president.

At the Independence Monument, I revisited the past and put history into perspective. Before I left the area, I strolled around the Black Star Square and felt the heartbeat of the nation.

The author is a Pan African travel enthusiast based in Kigali, Rwanda. Follow his awe-inspiring tours on Twitter @GeoExposure.

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