Memorials and Markets…

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.

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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.

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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…

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A menu…

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The beach:

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I don’t know what “hawking” is… but it isn’t allowed on the beach.

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5 thoughts on “Memorials and Markets…

  1. If you recall “On The Way to War,” many of the inhabitants of the slum sold their wares and products without a license, which is known as hawking, which is why it is illegal. It’s interesting that the sign reads “no playing of football”, because when I think of the beach, I think of people playing games on the sand. Did you see anyone playing football on the beach, and if so, were they playing kind of furtively, as if they were afraid?

  2. The shops remind me of the open-air market in Charleston which I enjoy visiting in the summer. All the random and cool knicknacks and things. Were the prices there negotiable or set like they are here?

  3. I like how they have markets that are open and welcome in people. The things they are able to make and sell with the resources they have are remarkable. I also like how the people are friendly. Even though they don’t have a lot, they are still able to be cheerful and can appreciate the things that they do have.

  4. I think it’s funny that the beach says “No Football” everything else on the sign makes sense except for that one thing. Also, from the places you are visiting, it doesn’t really look that bad! I was imaging slums all over the place, like from the book “A Long Way Gone”, but the people you are around seem to be having alot of fun!
    I think i would like to visit there someday but for now, ask them why soccer isn’t allowed on the beach.

  5. The jewelry is so pretty!! what is the elephant made of? how long does it take them to make something? where do they get the beads? are you having fun? is there something you experienced that you did not expect?

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