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Touring Ghana – Part 8…

Ashanti Region

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Birthplace of historical figures Yaa Asantewaa and Okomfo Anokye, land of the ‘Golden Stool’ and gold, home of quality kente cloth, the Ashanti region if one of the most important regions in Ghana with a powerful history to match. With historic palaces, festivals filled with pomp and pageantry, unspoiled natural attractions, picturesque villages and wild life parks, a trip to the kingdom of gold is a trip one is unlikely to forget.

Getting there

There are STC buses that travel to the region’s capital Kumasi from all parts of Ghana. For those of you who wish to fly, there are flights from Accra to Kumasi at least twice a day and least once with other major regions with airports.

Where to stay

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Being a major region in Ghana, the Ashanti region has several hotels, guest houses and resorts to suit any budget. Some of the best in the region are Wadoma Royal Hotel, Lake Bosomtwe Paradise Resort, Royal Park Hotel, Sanbra Hotel, Amis Wonderland Hotel, Laposada Hotel and Sweet Vine Hotel. In terms of places to eat there are many restaurants and fast-food outlets providing local Ghanaian dishes and international dishes such as Chinese, Indian and other continental meals. But to get a real taste of authentic local food and drink visit the numerous chop bars available local open air bars and street cafés.

 

Things to do

The cultural heartbeat of Ghana, there’s never a lack of thing to do in the region. I can’t possibly cover all things you can get stuck into so I’ll highlight the main things to do and look out for if you happen to visit this part of Ghana. First of all indulge in some local folkore and myth by visiting the Okomfo Anokye Sword Site, where legend has it that Anokye (fetish priest and co-founder of the Ashanti empire) drove the sword so hard in the ground to mark the city of Kumasi that no one has ever been able to dig it up (Anokye also conjured up the ‘Golden Stool’ from the sky, believed to carry the spirit of the Ashanti nation). Visit the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum to discover Ashanti royalty and its history. There, one can view royal paraphernalia crafted in gold, war mementoes including the ‘Golden Stool’, the ‘Brass Pan of Independence’, famous royal battle outfits and historic photographs. Also worth a visit is the Manhyia Palace Museum, the former residence of past Ashanti kings.

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The capital Kumasi is home to the largest open air market in West Africa at Kejetia so make sure you head there for a bargain. You can also head to the Cultural Crafts Centre to see local carvers, brass smiths, kente weavers, baskets weavers and adinkra textiles printers at work. Alternatively, you can visit the villages where these crafts are made – pottery at Ahwiaa, wood carvings at Ntonso, adinkra cloth-making at Asuofia and Asamang and bead-making at Ampabame. But an absolute must is a visit to the village of Adanwomase, the royal weaving village of the Ashanti king. There, you can take a special tour of the village and learn how kente is woven by the locals.

The Ashanti region is also one of the most beautiful regions in Ghana with unspoiled natural attractions. Digya National Park is a must for anyone visiting this part of Ghana – one can find many species of monkeys and baboons, elephants, antelopes, crocodiles, buffalos, water bucks, wildebeests, warthogs and many more. For the birdwatchers among you visit the Owabi Forest and Bird Sanctuary where you can find migratory and tropical birds and endangered Mona monkeys. Also worth a visit are the Bomfiri Wildlife Sanctuary with its waterfalls and wildlife and Bobiri Forest Butterfly Sanctuary. If you’re looking for adventure then Lake Bosomtwe is the place to go. A picturesque meteorite crater lake surrounded by beautiful fishing and farming villages, the lake basin is ideal for swimming, diving and mountain climbing. Other places worth a visiting are the Obuasi goldmines, Mframabuom Caves in Kwamang, Kumasi Zoo, Pankrono Shrine and the Atiwa Rock Formations.

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Finally when it comes to events and festivals filled with pomp and pageantry, no one beats the Ashantis. Festivals taking place all year round are the Akwasidae Festival (celebrated every six weeks), Papa Festival (March), Kente Festival (July/August), Yaa Asantewaa Festival (August), Mmoa Nni Nko Festival (October) and Nkyidwo Festival (November/December). During these festivals one can witness the procession of the Ashanti king in his magnificent gold attire and local chiefs, sacrificial rituals and drumming and dancing. Before leaving make sure to try the regions speciality dishes – fufu with light soup containing ‘akrantee’/bush meat or snails and ampesi (yam, plaintain, cocoyam or cassava).

Yaa Nyarko (@yaayaa_89)

Ghana @57: The significance of an independent Ghana

INDEPENDENCE [Dictionary definition] not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence; not relying on another or others for aid or support; to self-govern; to not be subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free…

Independence is a strong word, and one which holds much significance and importance in many countries across the world. From the land of the Stars and Stripes, to the land of Kilts and Shortbread, the issue and sentiment of independence is one which triggers great emotion – whether it refers to success achieved in the past, or the present end-game desire a people have for their future.

For Ghana, the word independence is as significant to our cultural and historical fabric as the black star which resides dead-centre in our national flag. The sentiment of independence forms the very foundation of our being. We are known for our gold, known for our cocoa – but our claim to independence is one which triggers immense pride.

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In black sub-saharan Africa, it was we who shone forth as a beacon of light across the continent, showing others the way to freedom, showing that we didn’t need to rely on colonial rulers for our wellbeing but we were more than capable to govern ourselves. Nkrumah saw an independent Ghana as being a spearhead for the liberation of the rest of Africa from colonial rule – the pioneers, the example, the spark to ignite the touchpaper of African potential. From the shores of the Gold Coast, Ghana, the lighthouse of Africa, beamed its light far and wide across the plains of Mother Africa. Kwame Nkrumah’s voice boomed. His ideals infiltrated the fabric of nation upon nation, a domino effect set in motion on that dark morning of 6th March 1957. Africa slowly woke up from its slumber, woken by the victorious cries and startled by the momentous effort of those who went to sleep in the Gold Coast one day and woke up in Ghana the next.

The name ‘Ghana’ means ‘Warrior King’, and so it should be no surprise that it was the nation which was christened Ghana would be the one to step out and take back its heritage and reclaim its name. The fight was not easy, and reached further back than the days of Yaa Asantewaa, a woman who epitomised the core zeal and strength of the African female as she led the Ashanti rebellion known as the War of the Golden Stool against British colonialism.

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Yes, if we’re going to take our rose-tinted glasses off, our time under colonial rule was greatly a result of our own doing, as tribes signed agreements with the British. Also, despite the best efforts of others, Great Britain were victorious in a series of campaigns to take over territories, especially against the Ashanti’s. There were many casualties along the way in our fight to have the authority to self-govern, their blood mixed into the red banner which sits atop our flag today. But those core qualities of strength, fortitude, resilience, faith and sacrifice were the fuel which drove our relentless race to independence to completion. Regardless of defeat, or setback, we refused to go backwards. And eventually, on 6th March 1957, we made the dream possible. As Kwame Nkrumah once proclaimed, ‘Forwards Ever; Backwards Never!’

Now, here in the present an independent Ghana is being celebrated as the model for African progress and development, a poster child for economic success, anti-imperialism, stability and democracy in Africa; celebrated within the continent for being at the center of the liberation struggle and therefore holding a special place in pan-African history.

So as we celebrate 57 years of independence, 57 years of standing on our own two feet, proud and free, what is the mantra of a free Ghana as we look to the future? I think Mr. Michael Kwame Gbordzoe said it best when he wrote the following to assist the composition created by Philip Gbeho:

God Bless our homeland Ghana, and make our nation great and strong. Bold to defend forever, the cause of freedom and of right. Fill our hearts with true humility. Make us cherish fearless honesty. And help us to resist oppressors’ rule with all our will and might forevermore!

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

The Love Triangle: Ghana’s Red-Gold-Green

Past, Present & Future

“Sankofa” the Akan concept is quite simple. One must ‘reach back to the past and retrieve it’. I’ve written about Ghana’s beautiful and exciting present, and the promises of a gorgeously promising future. However, none of this would be possible without taking a look at the past, and retrieving the esscence of what exactly runs through Ghanaian veins to fuel our renaissance in today and tomorrow’s world.

Ghana’s relentess climb to the top should not be surprising for a nation built on the shoulders of one of the greatest Kingdoms in African history, the Akan Kingdom & the Asante nation. We are a royal people, regal, who will fight to claim what we want. Even our name professes this notion (Ghana means ‘Warrior King’). We have been, and always will be, a GOLDEN generation.

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However, our successes and our history has not been without pain. The bright RED blood of our ancestors has left a trail which leads from the Gate of No Return at Cape Coast and various other complexes where our people were traded as cattle, across the Atlantic Ocean, and connecting us to our relatives in the Americas and the Caribbean. Scars remain from in-fighting between tribes, and fierce battles waged physically by renowned warriors such as YAA ASANTEWAA, to ideological conflicts fought by political powerhouses such as THE BIG SIX.

Our present day flourishing in GREEN pastures of success has been because of the hard work of brilliant and innovative men and women dotted around our extensive history. Ghana, the first Sub-Saharan nation to claim independence, is a nation of firsts, a nation of innovators, a nation of leaders. People like TETTEH QUARSHIE, who brought Cocoa to Ghana – how incredible is that? He’s left a legacy which led to Ghana at one point exporting half the world’s cocoa! People like KWAME NKRUMAH, Osagyefo, who created a template which allowed many African nations to break free from the control of others and become independent.  People like ARTHUR WHARTON, the first ever black professional footballer. People like JAMES AGGREY, the founder of Achimota College, a seat of education which has educated many of Africa’s Heads of States, past & present. People like JOYCE BAMFORD-ADDO, the first Speaker of Parliament of a West African nation. People like KOFI ANNAN, who led the United Nations with trademark Ghanaian civility& humility – a quick look at his Wikipedia profile will amaze you at how many medals and awards he has collected so far for his tireless work in improving the world. And I will be bringing to light some of the everyday legends living among us in Ghana and around the world today, who are flying the flag high, and changing the world in the process.

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In my eyes, Ghana is the Lighthouse of Africa. It was the Lighthouse which showed other nations the way forward during one magical March night in 1957. Our BLACK STAR has never fallen. It will never fall. Our rich history has demanded this. And as we see today, our Star is shining brighter than ever!

“Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” translates as “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” To truly understand where we are going, we must take comfort and truly appreciate where we have been.

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27

Black History Month!!

Ghanaian Culture: Celebrating 55 Years of

‘GHANA’

Black History Month in the United Kingdom begins from Monday, 1st October 2012, and ends Wednesday, 31 October 2012.

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Why wait upon a month, to Celebrate

‘BLACK HISOTRY’

Our Year was 57, Not a Mystery!

Embrace with heart, those who left MARKS

Never forget, why we’re still LARGE.

Dr Nkrumah. Gold Coast Leader,

 A Minster, A Lecturer, BEYOND A Preacher

The Blood of Our Land, Suffered To STAND

Whilst The BRITS, Invaded,

From Stripped To TAKEN

Families AWAKEN, to see the SHAKEN

BRITS, for BLAMING

ALL too SHAMING

Mothers, fathers, from sisters to brothers,

Divided Apart, SHIPPED AFAR

OUR EMPIRE is enriched with ECHOES of SORROWS

              Yaa Asantewaa, FEMALE WARRIOR, Intelligent LEADER

She Was a Believer

She Guarded our STOOL,

YOU Thought we Were FOOLS!

Soaked in Hardship,

Superiority and SHAME

As the pages flipped, Anger grew Fame

We declared our independence in 57.

Never again to serve

Although the Story seems, delight & Bright

Our Country, still suffers from Fright

In 2012, the evidence shows

Slavery EXISTS, slavery still BOLD

From 1957, GHANA has grown,

GHANA’s still young,

Never too OLD,

Embrace our 55th year, by teaching Other’s about GHANA, whether it be facts, history, or culture, spread and share our history.

Host or organise events/ activities to celebrate our history.

TIPS & IDEA’s BELOW!

 

To University Students:

*See what your Societies are running For the Month, in your SU.

*Or Start up an event, & get peeps involved

To College Student’s:

*Host activities in your canteen, or clubs to celebrate

                                                   *See What the College Have Lined Up,

Take Part, and get peeps involved

To Others:

*Be Creative & Unique

* Organise or host, neighbourhood parties

(& have quizzes, snacks (GH foods), Ghanaian Games, and music, make it fun, and invite neighbours, families & friends.)

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TWEET The Team YOUR Ideas, for the MONTH!

>>> @MeFiRi_GHANA

 

By Trey’C

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Inspirational People: Yaa Asantewaa

        “My GHANA”….

This piece will solely concentrate on “My GHANAIAN INSPIRATION”…

As our GHANA turned a BEAUTIFULL 55 years last week, GHANA  kicked off with celebrations taking place at the Indigo2, and celebrations will continue to proceed….

“LONG LIVE GHANA”

This whole Month will be Buzzing; in fact this whole year, as the 55th will Be a big Achievement for us,

 Each year is special Moment.

 Our Ancestors struggled to set our GHANA and OUR PEOPLE FREE….

Therefore paying respect and remembrance is a BIG Importance, celebrations  cannot be missed out, find out an upcoming GHANAIAN event close to you, via The AKWAABA website, or visit your local Ghanaian store.

Yaa_Asantewaa

 

My GHANA Means LOVE

My GHANA IS PARADISE

My GHANA IS TOUGH…

My GHANA PAID A PRICE

 

 

 

YAA ASANTEWAA

‘Our TRUE SOILDER’…

BORN TO Defend…

BORN To FIGHT…

 

For Those of you who don’t know who she is…

Born IN 1840.

 Was a FEMALE

LED The ASHANTI Rebellion Against The British.

Was The Queen Mother Of Ejisu.

 Gathered both Men And Women Together

To fight for our land Against The British. 

Guarded ‘THE GOLDEN STOOL’ 

Sadly Yaa Asantewaa died on October 17th 1921.

 She was captured then sent to exile in Seychelles.

 

My Inspiration 

Yaa Asantewaa was BRAVE, BOLD, And STRONG

She SACRIFICED her life to protect Our NATION and Our People. She Was A Female Soldier, A Woman With Sheer DRIVE, Sheer Loyalty…

This Woman Inspires Me Strongly,

Who Said Woman Are Weak…

Yaa Asantewaa Has Proven You Wrong,

From her Actions We Women Can Do Anything…

 

I believe more of us Women need to Claim what we have by taking ownership of ourselves

 There are women out there scared to take A STEP…

If you don’t take that step,

 Who will??

Be the First to Make A UNIQUE Mark in HISTORY…

Personally Yaa Asantewaa was and still is An Amazingly Powerful Woman of GHANA,

She is My Inspiration, whenever I think something is impossible, I think of her and what she accomplished…

Yaa Asantewaa, regardless of her Status or Gender,

Decided to do what was right

By Protecting and Safeguarding GHANA.

The respect I have for her

Is Beyond…

 I Thank You.

 

MeFiRi GHANA would Like To Say THANK YOU.

 Your Bravery, Boldness,Dedication and Sacrifice

Has Made GHANA What it is TODAY,

On Behalf Of All GHANAIANS,

 We truly THANK YOU

 

Yaa Asantewaa’s War

Was the Last Major War Led By an African Woman,

She is Honoured in Africa till this very Day…

 

By Trey’C

Ghana’s 55th Independence: Indigo O2

Ghana Independence Celebrations: Azontoing at the Indigo O2

 

Ghana_Independence_Me_FiRi_Ghana_dot_comOhene’s & Ohemaa’s get your kente, Ntuma & Me FiRi GHANA outfits ready because this year’s 6th March Ghana Independence Celebration; “this one no be easy”. As it gets closer and closer to March I can’t help but Azonto!  Ghana has truly gone a long way. Gosh we have had 55 years of independence, having been the first Sub- Saharan African country to gain independence in 1957.

It’s going to be a beautiful sight to see different faces, different shapes and colours all come together to commemorate this day. Every year independence is celebrated and I have to say we should be thankful we even gained independence; thanks to the well respected  “Yaa Asantewaa & Dr. Kwame Nkrumah” .

This year one of the main events will celebrate Ghana’s Independence at the well-known venue Indigo2 on the 3rd March.

Whether you decide to celebrate by: Going out to eat with friends, Party, strong prayers or simply from the heart. Me FiRi GHANA wish you Ghana fuo Happy independence.. and don’t forget to AZONTO all the way!

By CLOUDIA