I arrived in Tema, Ghana on March 31. I had the next four days to explore. I had no official plans for this country. I had done Wikipedia research but nothing more. I learned about two sites—Kakum National Park and Cape Coast Castle. I had day one planned for me due to a marketing field class requirement.
On the first day, I visited Pokuase. As a marketing class, we learned about GSAP, Ghana Sustainable Aid Project. This program runs a number of programs on education, technology, and economic development. They have invented a toilet and train local entrepreneurs to start their own small businesses. We went to an elementary school and a couple of villages to see and understand how they use and appreciate the toilets.
On the second day, I took a road trip to Cape Coast. I did the canopy walkway at the Kakum National Park. I had never done one before. The walk was longer and narrower than I had expected. The rainforest view was a movie scene. I highly suggest it! After, we made our way to Cape Coast Castle. It is one of about 40 “slave castles” built on the Gold Coast of West Africa. My experience was intense. The information told was heavy and detailed. Although it was an emotional guided tour, I learned more than I ever have in a textbook. I walked through the doors, pathways, and tunnels of slaves.
After two eventful days, I wanted to do something more laid back. I heard about a soccer game. My family and I love going and watching soccer games. I knew I had to go. I made last minute plans with a few friends. It was a Premium League match of GT. Olympics vs. Dwarfs at the Accra Stadium. We got jerseys to wear! The game was very lively. A decent amount of locals attended the game, but I wouldn’t doubt it if more SASsers were there. I had a blast cheering on both teams and listening to Ghanaian music.
On the last day, I walked round Accra and shopped. My favorite shop was Global Mamas. It is a fair trade shop with handmade items. Overall, I had a positive experience in Ghana. After talking to my classmates, there is more to discover in Ghana than I had expected. I hope I have the chance to come back to Africa.
Enjoy the photos ☺
Cee at Sea