This morning we went to Nkrumah’s grave site. He was the president to helped Ghana gain independence from the British in 1957.
His memorial is built on a British polo field. This is symbolic because blacks were not allowed entry. In the photo below, it shows a statue of Nkrumah. This is the exact spot where he declared independence from The British. He is buried in the big structure behind the statue. He is a pretty big deal since he brought independence to Ghana. He met MLK, the Queen of England, Nelson Mandela, and several Prime Ministers.
After the memorial, we went to the local textiles market to buy gifts. The vast majority of these items are handmade. You can see one man hand-sewing the beads to the elephant he carved. We saw many people making their products in the market.
It was a little overwhelming and stressful. People were in our faces trying to get us to buy their products. I was able to barter my items for a lower cost. I bought mainly jewelry made from cow horns and coconut seeds. All the merchants were very friendly and kind.
After the market, we went to Afia Beach. It is taboo to swim on Tuesday, so no one was in the ocean really. Why is it taboo? No clue. It is an old rule and people just follow it. It has something to do with respecting their ancestors.
I had ground-nut soup for lunch. It was much spicier than I had anticipated!! It tasted kind of like spicy peanut butter soup…
I don’t know what “hawking” is… but it isn’t allowed on the beach.