Let’s throwback a bit to the Easter period of 2018 when my husband (then boyfriend) and I visited Accra, Ghana and ticked that off our ‘places to see’ list. As I have come to see, traveling is a great thing to do and you should try it out if you ever get the opportunity.
Now, the first thing that hits you when you touchdown is the beauty of the airport and for us, we were super impressed (this was before the completion of the new Kotoka Airport). As the Naija babe that I am, the orderliness and the functional immigration booths left me wondering what Nigeria had been up to these many years. It was saddening that Nigeria is yet to get some basic things right. Anyways, we didn’t get to spend so much time at the airport as the hotel manager (Mahogany Lodge) had sent us a driver to chauffeur us to our pre-booked hotel. The warmth and ease you feel when you see your name on a placard while at the airport in a new place subconsciously tells you that sometimes it is just a fine line between luxury and necessity.
The Hotel is located in East Cantonments, Labadi, a region famed for its serenity.
Next on our agenda was where to attend the Good Friday Mass, and we were prompted by Google to hail a cab to Christ’s the King Catholic Church along Liberation Road. One amazing thing we took note of was that everyone in the church (except the priests) were putting on black as a sign of mourning. It was cool but also came as a culture shock to us because we obviously didn’t get the memo for the dress code and came wearing contrasting colors. On Easter Sunday, they all wore white as a sign of the resurrection (such cooperation 👏), but we again strutted to mass in contrasting colors, and one could have easily misconstrued our dress code as an act of defiance. The ease and calmness with which the priest delivered the sermons could melt the heart of the biblical Pharoah.
Here are the highlights of the rest of our trip.
We visited the Nkrumah Mausoleum and memorial park. It contains two edifices, the Mausoleum, and the Nkrumah Museum.
Then we went to the Makola market which is quite large and if you aren’t careful, you could get lost in it. Later on, we had fun racing at the A1 Racewaygo-Cart track in Tema Accra. It also has a park and a fun zone for kids.
We also had tasty rice with Shito sauce and spicy Buffalo Wings at Lord Of The Wings, Accra.
On one night, we took a stroll through the streets of Accra, enjoying the quietness and cool weather (and someone had a nice swim when we got back to the hotel)
But the overall highlight of the trip was a proposal…
Yup, that’s right. I went there as a Girlfriend and left as a Fiance! I didn’t expect it all, but I’m glad it happened. It made the trip even more memorable. 😉
The last and final thing we did was sampling the Ghana Jollof Rice, seeing as there’s an endless competition over whose is better between Nigeria and Ghana. My verdict, Ghana Jollof does taste good!!
In all, Ghana was fun and relaxing for us, and it is surely a great place to visit. If you have longer days to spend in the country (we had just 3 days), try and visit other attraction spots too like one of the lovely beaches or castles. But they could be quite a distance from central Accra.
One last thing, get ready to experience a bit of language barrier and some hot sun.
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