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Ghana's Regional Experiences


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7. ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST Fuel for each day in the form of breakfast buffets could just be the key. Besides, what is a vacation without a good breakfast buffet?



On the eve of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic religious celebration, it is particularly delightful to be reminded of how the two main religions in Ghana co-exist peacefully and respect each other’s values and beliefs.

Accra, the best cocktail there is. The foremost representative of the multiple worlds Ghana has to offer.




JAMESTOWN: A BEAUTIFUL ENIGMA To understand Jamestown, you need to live and appreciate it. As one of Accra’s oldest districts, Jamestown has witnessed a good number of events – dating back to the colonial era – which eventually contributed to the story of Ghana.

Over on the south coast of Ghana, Kakum National Park in the Central Region, presents a unique opportunity of making a multitude of memories in one spectacular space.


1 for 1 is the mantra here. With the 6 new regions still taking shape in Ghana, we will give a shout to each of the 10 already developed regions by picking out what we regard as a perfect location for the gram.

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First of all, I want to start by saying I am glad that you have picked up DAME Africa Ghana magazine. From the very start, the vision has been to promote and elevate the image of Africa as a proud and passionate African. Over the years what has stood out for me is how diverse and special every visit to Africa is and for that very reason, the present and future of DAME Africa was born. We are committed to contributing significantly to travel and tourism in Africa and believe in the untapped potential of this sector. Throughout this journey, my vision is to collaborate with others, elevate the African image and help build the Africa I believe in starting with Ghana. So I implore you to join and support us on this journey. #DAMEAfrica

I am absolutely thrilled by how the team has executed this challenging theme - Ghana’s Regional experience. When we chose this theme, our aim was to push ourselves to do Ghana justice and paint a picture beyond our day to day experience of Ghana. We are discovering more and more that Ghana’s beauty truly lies in her diverse Regions, which can each offer a completely different holiday experience from each other. We are just getting started with this broader appreciation of the country which we hope will be an underlying theme in future editions.

Really, what is there not to discover in Ghana? Rather than thinking of this edition as the culmination of a very prosperous walk around the length and breadth of Ghana, I viewed it as yet another chapter in the multifaceted volume called Ghana. With and without The Year of Return, the cruise ship will sail into more and more rainbows. Remember, Ghana is bigger than Accra…



All you can eat

breakfast I approach this day to confirm that all the clichés about breakfast have a strong element of truth associated with them. Throw in the ‘all you can eat’ tag and a couple of folks are good for the next 24 hours. It is hard to hate on a breakfast buffet because who is not looking for value for money and diversity in one go? The need to be war-ready while journeying through the intricate lands of Ghana cannot be emphasized enough. Fuel for each day in the form of breakfast buffets could just be the key. Besides, what is a vacation without a good breakfast buffet?



Greater Accra

Marriot Hotel (Accra)

Ashanti Region

Golden Tulip (Kumasi)

Western Region

Best Western Plus Atlantic (Takoradi)



Central Region

White Sands Beach Resort (Gomoa Fetteh)

Volta Region

The Royal Senchi (Senchi)

Northern Region

Zaina Lodge (Mole)

Brong Ahafo Region

Eusbett Hotel (Berekum)



Jamestown: A Beautiful Enigma To understand Jamestown, you need to live and appreciate it. As one of Accra’s oldest districts, Jamestown has witnessed a good number of events – dating back to the colonial era – which eventually contributed to the story of Ghana. The historical value of the town is unparalleled. The stories remain as pristine as the age-old culture which is lived day by day. You never know where the ancient walls of Jamestown are going to lead you to. You just have to keep walking through the maze.



Jamestown Lighthouse


One of the coolest things about Jamestown has to be the long and nervy climb up into the famous lighthouse that affords individuals the chance to have a bird’s eye view of the rest of the town and some parts of Osu and Labadi. The lighthouse may just be the most distinctive building in Jamestown due to its red and white colors and isolation.

Ussher Fort & James Fort Prisons

Behind the tall walls of these two relics lies gruesome stories of toil and beaten down structures that contribute to the colonial and slavery era of the Gold Coast. These two prisons in their operational days reflected how much Ghanaians were oppressed on their own land by their colonial masters. On the same compound as the prisons, there was also the seat of power for whichever European authority was in control at the time, detailing the tale of two contrasting worlds in one space.

Jamestown Beach

Descending onto the beach, you will be enveloped by the core of Jamestown. A true communalistic society, largely by obligation. Humans en masse congregated on the seashore, on the ‘boardwalk’ because that is all they know. Jamestown has always been a fishing community. You will be forgiven if you are caught staring

in awe at the multitude of events taking place in one space. From swimming, canoeing, fishing, marketing the catches and readymade food, preservation of fish to sports on the beach, you will have a lot to take in from the minute you descend the stairs onto the beach.

Street Food

Another constant on the streets of Jamestown is food at all times of the day. Inhabitants of Jamestown will engage in just about any craft to make a living. Some house fronts feature a small setup that offers kelewele, local chips, soda, water, and other snacks. Hidden in the labyrinth corners though, the more established food joints will be found, where fufu, banku, and other local delicacies are served.

Ngleshie Alata Mantse Palace

Living Jamestown is incomplete without doing due diligence to the seat of authority in the town. The chief of Jamestown’s palace is a sight to behold. Although renovations have taken place over the years, the building still has the ‘British’ tag boldly painted over it probably for historical or sentimental value. Visitors are welcome to take a tour of the premises and pose questions about artifacts to the tour guides and elders, all at a fee. The liberal energy throughout the town can also be felt through the little league football matches that take place right in front of the palace.

Street Art For the last decade and some, there has been a continuous process by individuals and bodies who truly care about the state of the community to give Jamestown a facelift. These days, some of the walls which hitherto had half-scraped paint now bear the art of both burgeoning and established artists from across the world, primarily thanks to the good guys at Accra [dot] Alt and the Chalewote street art festival. The new lease of life gives the town folk fresh reason to believe and make something of themselves. The youth learn to embrace and appreciate art through this medium and Accra [dot] Alt, through their activities in Jamestown, tend to offer some form of employment to the natives. Win-win for everyone.

Boxing This is something like a christening in the Jamestown community. Jamestown indeed has produced some of Ghana’s finest boxers. On the beach as well as street corners, you may be lucky to find a crowd huddled up watching two male figures go at it. Age is no barrier. Kids tend to look forward to boxing training more than they do to their time in school. It is great to see the determination on the faces of all the ‘want-to-beboxers’ who view the sport as their ticket out of the slums.





ou may have noticed that we have been sounding the drum on the ‘Ghana is bigger than Accra’ crusade. Indeed, there are gems sparsely scattered across the country; some wellknown, others thirsting for attention. Nonetheless, the common denominator is that a large number of the gems that make Ghana, GHANA can be found outside the urbanized and polished capital – Accra.

NZULEZU Quite easily, Nzulenzu can be regarded as one of the wonders of the world upon initial introduction. A village founded on stilts in Lake Amansuri still leaves me in awe. In the Western Region, this little unassuming village manages to draw visitors in mass and admirers from far and wide. The rural, simplistic and earthy vibe is turned up a notch when you experience how the people go about their duties out there. Canoe rides, wooden living structures, a deity in the form of snail and small-scale professions reinstate your connection to nature.



BOTI FALLS Nature and its free dose of therapy are fully appreciated when the grandeur of Boti Falls, to the east of Accra, staggers an audience. In all its elegance, Boti Falls is the product of a host of nature’s other children in the Boti-Aburi zone: River Pawnpan and a rock outcrop. The legend of the falls also offers quite an intriguing story detailing the mating ceremony of both the upper and lower tiers of Boti Falls during the rainy season.

NAA GBEWA SHRINE In need of a history lesson, then Naa Gbewa’s shrine in Pusiga, Upper East Region is the perfect place to make a courtesy call. The MoleDagbon tribe owes its existence to Naa Gbewa. Legend has it that the shrine has been standing since the 14th century and was the last location Naa Gbewa was spotted before he vanished. Tourists frequent the shrine to pray, learn more about the tribe and culture and pay homage to ancestors.




Ghana was called Gold Coast for a reason. Apart from being a big-time producer of gold, the country hugs the Atlantic Ocean. This means that Ghana’s coastline is home to a number of distinct beaches which in truth cannot be ranked because each of them has different features and offers a unique experience for the pleasure of its visitors. Let’s take a trip together along the beach fronts of the beaches in Ghana in an attempt to get cozy on the coastline.



LABADI BEACH Labadi Beach is probably the most popular beach in

Ghana. Labadi is a suburb in Accra which forms part of the coastline of Accra. What is today known as Labadi Beach, is the most welcoming beach in Accra, although it is flanked by La Palm Beach and Labadi Beach Hotel. Officially called La Pleasure beach, it presents one of the cleaner beachfronts in Ghana. On any given weekend, Labadi beach is home to a variety of day and night time parties and gatherings. You will be greeted by music from the many stalls on the shore, accosted by vendors of local artifacts and wowed by the antics of all types of ‘entertainers’. Being the beach for the people, there are a number of street food delicacies to pick from. Horse riding is also a favorite out there. On weekdays, the atmosphere is the direct opposite. It just may be the ideal spot to have some solitude in the open and allow the calm from the waves to be your therapist.


Bojo Beach has been around for a while and keeps

growing in popularity each year. It is located on the outskirts of Accra and is a route out of the congested mainlands of Accra. In some ways, it can be described as the direct opposite of Labadi Beach. Everyone raves about the intimacy of Bojo Beach and the adventure of having to cross River Densu on a canoe to get to the beach itself. Part of Bojo Beach’s growth is reflected in the fact that a luxurious resort has been put up to complement the beach. It serves as an important horseshoe for visitors to come from far and wide to enjoy the premises in all its glory for extended periods. Bojo Beach is affordable, super clean, boasts of some good kebabs and has some pretty friendly staff. It is located in Bortianor and its large signboard on the Weija stretch cannot be missed.




If you want to experience the best-kept beaches in Ghana, head west. This has been the gospel for a while. Commentary on the Western region of Ghana has long since been attached to its coastline and water, with the Takoradi harbor being its most prized possession. The people know the significance of having the Atlantic close to them and have capitalized on it. Busua Beach is an elegant, calming beach that always wraps you in comfort anytime you visit. The beach presents reasons why the Western Region is an ideal vacationing spot in Ghana, with peace of mind reigning supreme. There is also an accompanying modern resort which has done well to emblazon the beach fronts, house guests in their state-ofthe-art facilities and organize activities to keep the premises buzzing. No wonder the Busua Beach Resort once received an award for Best Leisure Hotel in West Africa.

KOKROBITE BEACH On the outskirts of Accra, beyond Bojo Beach, is Kokrobite Beach. The thrill of going out of town can be realized when there is a perfect destination in sight. Kokrobite beach is a popular destination for residents who like to travel around the country and expatriates alike. The tides are generally friendly and are great for surfing. The beachfront is also always teeming with folks from all over the country. There are stalls and restaurants littered around the beach and condos for visitors looking for an extended relationship with the beach and its premises. Kokrobite Beach, Kokrobite, Ghana




Muuston beach presents yet another reason to visit

Kokorobite. Its resort sits just off the Kokorobite beach road. Although Muuston gets overshadowed by the popularity of Kokorobite, serial travelers will preach to you that it is the beach that typifies peace of mind and is an ideal location for some alone time on an extremely friendly budget. The facilities may not be as polished as the likes of Kokorobite, Bojo and Labadi but they do reflect a beach for the people, by the people. It is important to note that Muuston is big on surfing culture as the tides and waves are perfect for professional surfers and not swimmers. Surfing lessons are organized by management of the resort as well.

CAPE THREE POINTS It is often said that Cape Three Point feels like a whole new country. Indeed, the journey from Accra feels like an unending one but it is all roses after it ends. The beach is not renowned for swimming due to the high tides and rough water. Nonetheless, the beachfront is every beach lover’s dream. Clean, peaceful and soothing. The waves do all the talking while you ease into your spot on the beach. If you are one to go surfing, the waves and tides of this beach were made just for you. In order to experience Cape Three Points Beach in its full glory, it is imperative that you lodge at the Escape3Points Ecolodge in order to immerse yourself in the outdoor culture while you feel like a local out there. Natural breeze for ventilation, local drinks at the bar, local food on the menu and solar energy throughout creates a camp-like atmosphere which serves as a worthy break from normalcy.





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THE HISTORICAL LENS OF GHANA Ghana is a country rich in cultural diversity and this has led to a depthless well of historical threads from the various ethnic groups, political groups, etc. When in Ghana, it is important to get a glimpse of her history in order to appreciate the cultural journey of Ghanaians today. Visiting the museums in Ghana is one sure way visitors to explore the culture of Ghana.



Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum Amidst all the political nuances, Kwame Nkrumah is indeed synonymous with Ghana. He is the most important Ghanaian personality to date – and it is likely to remain that way – because he was the main figure in the team that ushered Ghana out of colonial rule into a state of independence. He went on to be Ghana’s first president and his legacy lives on. Nkrumah has been honoured with a museum in the heart of Accra, Ghana’s capital, because his heart was all about Ghana. A tour through the grounds will lead to one being enriched with all things Nkrumah – including his writings, speeches, personal belongings, elements of his Pan-African dreams and even the tomb that contains his mortal remains. It should be a rite of passage as a Ghanaian to be abreast with a historical figure as colossal as Kwame Nkrumah and all he stood for. This museum rightfully remains a popular destination for tourists interested in the political history of Ghana and gauge where she stands in the Pan-African movement. The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, High St., Accra, Ghana, +233 23 367 1610

W.E.B Dubois Museum Dubois was an important link between Ghana and the diaspora. There has been a lot of talk about The Year of Return and how the diaspora can help emblazon the face of Africa. Dubois was an African-American historian and sociologist who moved to Ghana in the 1950s on the invitation of Dr Nkrumah to help build a fledgling nation. Visitors of the Dubois Centre will be blessed with his speeches, books, and photos that show the relationship between Ghana and the diaspora. His extended stay in Ghana allowed Ghana to feel like home and for him to be classified as Ghanaian by many. This is just the story that visitors in Ghana need to hear. W.E.B. DuBois Centre, Second Circular Rd, Accra, (+233) 30 277 6502



W.E.B Dubois Museum The Ashanti is arguably the most popular ethnic groups in Ghana. For a long time, it has been one of the most ‘marketable’ ethnic groups to the rest of the world, with many people wrongly equating Ashanti to the whole of Ghana. Undoubtedly though, the Ashantis have some strong characters in the story of Ghana – from the resolute pillar of Yaa Asantewaa down to the modern day greats of Otumfuor Osei Tutu II and Dr. Osei Kwame Despite.

The National Museum of Ghana

With so much history comes the need to record and preserve the very elements that typify the substance and soul of Ashanti. Since August 12, 1995, The Manhyia Palace Museum has been one of the custodians of Ashanti culture and heritage – and has been doing a stellar job at that. Visitors of the museum get the privilege of viewing carvings of age-old Ashanti chiefs and war heroes. There are also ornaments made out of gold on display – an ore the Ashantis are also popular for – and a number of knowledgeable Ashantis who can be engaged in a history conversation when at the location. The Manhyia Palace Museum, off Antoa Rd, Kumasi, Ghana (+233) 032 202 3680

The mother of all museums in Ghana is The National Museum of Ghana. The inauguration of this museum was part of the fanfare that surrounded Ghana’s independence in 1957. It represented the dawn of an era where Ghana was no longer going to stand on stilts but rather take control of her heritage and balance it out on her own two feet. Since its inception, the museum has been famous for the range of cultural wealth on display. So impressive is the range that the museum has been divided into sections of archaeology, ethnography and art which are all stacked with both indigenous and modern pieces of culture. The National Museum also typifies the call for a unified Africa given that objects from other African countries are also on display. The National Museum, Liberia Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 302 223963 www.dameafrica.com


LARABANGA MOSQUE An Icon in the North

The perpetual harmony that exists in Ghana is generally attributed to respect. Respect for the nuances that will naturally exist in a multicultural society is what has brought Ghana this far – squashing any possibility of a colossal breakdown in relations because there exists a high level of embrace among all factions. On the eve of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic religious celebration, it is particularly delightful to be reminded of how the two main religions in Ghana co-exist peacefully and respect each other’s values and beliefs. An admiration for the Islamic religion in Ghana takes you away from the south into the arms of Northern Ghana. With a predominantly Muslim population, the north undoubtedly has a different cultural taste to that of mainland Accra and other parts of the country where it could be argued that there is

a fine balance between two religions’ representation. The soul of a geographic location is built on its historical elements. What happened in the past tends to be the foundation on which it develops its personality, realizes its purpose and gathers momentum to remain standing in the face of adversity. As far back as the 15th Century, the iconic Larabanga Mosque was built. So iconic is the mosque that the geographic location which harbors the mosque was named after the mosque – Larabanga, West Gonja District, Northern Region, Ghana. From reeds and mud, the initial structure was put up by a Moorish trader who tried to emulate traditional Sudanese architecture. Over the years, what is noted as the first mosque and religious center in the whole of Ghana has gone on to be regarded as

the Mecca of West Africa. Amidst the periodic maintenance procedures, the mosque retains its original form which is indeed monumental to the architectural culture of northern Ghana and parts of Northern Africa and the sanctity of the building itself. Laranbanga Mosque has so much of a strong pull that it is often noted as an object of tourism in the north. This is a testament to the burgeoning tourism industry in Ghana and the growing will of the ordinary Ghanaian to accept tourism as one of Ghana’s strongest fortes. The preservation of the structure after all these years should be lauded. It is clear that the prioritization of religion amongst Ghanaians, leading them to be sacrosanct in relation to anything connected to their faith has been beneficial to a structure like Larabanga mosque. www.dameafrica.com


ACCOMMODATION… HEADACHE…NO MORE The ‘new Accra’ features apartment complexes mushrooming on every corner. This indeed is the perfect complement to the plethora of social activities that have flooded the city in recent years. Basically, all realtors and real estate agencies are saying to you is, accommodation will be a lesser headache because you have a wealth of options anytime you are out there. Rent, purchase, rent, purchase. Though herculean in execution, we have picked out our favorite real estate properties in the capital. These are places you should trust your accommodation in Accra to. And do tell them Dame Africa pushed you their way.




Located in the diplomatic district of Cantonments, this is the brainchild of Clifton Homes Ghana. Embassy Gardens typifies the concept of luxury going hand-in-hand with serenity. Talk about locations Embassy Gardens is a plum find because it is a stone’s throw away from most of the buzzing social locations in Accra - Osu, Labone and Cantonments’ wealth of social establishments.

KWARLEYZ RESIDENCES In September 2018, Accra stood still while Nana Kwame Bediako launched the grand Kwarleyz Residence in collaboration with The Ascott Management. A night of bright lights, glamor and color, it was. Kwarleyz is big on being expressive stylistically and the effort put into its spaces translates into the comfort one will be enveloped in.



DEVTRACO COURTS Over in Tema, Devtraco Courts presents a number of apartment types in a pleasant neighborhood. The icing on the cake is The Court’s proximity to hotspots and other places of necessity in Tema. Devtraco Courts is yet another reason why Devtraco Limited has been in the real estate game for so long.

POLO HEIGHTS The majestic edifice sits right next to the Polo Club and its restaurant. Polo Heights is a favorite among many because of its proximity to Kotoka International Airport and the easy access occupants will have to Accra Mall, Airport Residential Area’s many eateries, sites, and Spintex’s Palms Square. And did we forget to mention the bird’s-eyeview of the entire city you are going to be privy to up there.





e may have previously said that kelewele does not divide opinion. Rush of blood (or kelewele) to the head perhaps. Kelewele crusaders cannot quite agree on whether soft or hard kelewele is the way to go. A delightful impasse it continues to be though. As far as camaraderies with inanimate objects go, the bond that exists between Ghanaians and waakye knows no boundaries. This is a fact that usually gets shelved inadvertently by the drama of jollof. You see, jollof gets caught in the crossfire of who makes the better rendition of this originally Senegalese dish – Ghana or Nigeria. Jollof Wars have been a debate fuelled by banter between Ghana and Nigeria but who needs the victory of this ancient war when there is a meal that does not divide

opinion in terms of origin. Waakye originates from the northern part of Ghana. It should not be confused with the Carribean staple dish of rice and peas, as certain similarities can be drawn from both dishes. Waakye is a combination of cooked black-eyed beans and rice, with the addition of sorghum leaves to bring out the distinct waakye color. Like a number of Ghanaian delicacies, the true value of waakye is realised when you are able to complement the lead actor with an efficient supporting cast and extras. Waakye, traditionally, is accompanied by shitor (spicy black pepper sauce), stew and fish or meat. But the great thing about waakye is that it has evolved over time to incorporate other food items such as egg, plantain, gari, spaghetti, wagashi (fried cheese),

salad, avocado, among others into its equation. The calvary is at your mercy to experiment and create a mouthgasm that works for you. Waakye is heralded as breakfast in Ghana. It seems quite odd to place such a heavy meal in the breakfast category but the queues in front of various waakye stalls indicate that the anomaly has been fully embraced as an object of national pride. It is such a unifying and popular dish here in Accra, that certain waakye stalls are used as landmarks when giving directions. Some individuals remain loyal to a solitary waakye vendor while others leave their mark at a plethora of waakye joints. It will be absolutely criminal for anyone who visits Ghana to not sample the hugely popular and affordable treasure that is waakye. www.dameafrica.com



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Thinking Retirement? S

ometimes we mentally wander into an abyss when there is an overload of stress emanating from work. When is the next portal for a vacation opening? Better still, when is my entire life going to be an eternal vacation? No work, no taxes. Just pure bliss week after week. Retirement may sound like a far cry for some of us but a dream for the future does indeed fuel the drive in the present. The perfect retirement package sits pretty on a pedestal in the Western Region waiting to be seized by anyone buoyed by serenity and picturesque views at every corner. Retiring in the midst of beaches and endless plots of farmland seems like the purest of pictures painted by the most insightful artist. With bearable

temperatures throughout the year, the West hugs the Atlantic Ocean and presents a wealth of beach resorts like Busua Beach Resort, Mahaa Resort and Lou Moon Lodge to pick from. Conferences with the sea waves each morning are a dreamy proposal to anyone. Spending time by the sea in itself is therapeutic, not to talk of being there for an extensive period. With regards to getting yourself busy, there is an opportunity to invest in nature due to the boundless fertile lands the Western Region is known for. Although leisurely, partaking in agriculture, fishing or mining affairs (in whatever capacity) should help one remain active while enjoying peace of retirement. The West also offers a taste of history

while showing itself as a shield of modernity. Fort St. Apollonia and Fort Cross at Dixcove present a medium for visitors to travel back in time and have a feel of the heinous era of slavery and colonialism. Such spiritual and morose journeys go a long way to aid introspection and analysis of life in general. Ankasa Conservation Area is also a botanical heaven out there. What is there not to love about vast land divided into a park for wildlife as well as a forest reserve featuring some very distinct flowers, trees and water bodies. Well, to the west we go then.



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Accra, the best cocktail there is. The foremost representative of the multiple worlds Ghana has to offer. Although myopic, to some sections of the outside world, Accra is synonymous with Ghana. Little wonder that Accra is one of the most known and marketable facets of Ghana. The influx of people in the city at the back end of December is expected to be massive. Hence, with an average of two full-on days being spent in Accra with the notion of moving on to explore what the other regions have to offer, take a look at two possible routes to have a swell time in Accra.



The Venue The Venue might be somewhat of an unknown quantity but it does pack a heavy punch with final products. The attention to detail shown with the plating of food to taste, all the way to the décor of the restaurant is highly impressive. The use of the classic brick oven to produce hearty pizzas is never a miss

Papa’s Pizza Papa’s Pizza is pizza for everyone. Papa’s is now a chain business, with a branch in almost every buzzing area in Accra. To everyone’s delight, despite a number of branches across the city, the novelty of that thick crust savory pizza from Papa’s early days has not been lost on loyal customers. Talk about toppings, Papa’s has them all.

Tomato Tomato is the new kid on the block. This is a proudly Italian restaurant on the ground floor of the Atlantic Tower, Airport City. As a burgeoning brand, it is impressive to see top quality delicacies matched by top quality service. Tomato take their pizza seriously and it shows by how customers are quick to label the place as ‘Napoli in Accra’. Make sure you have some wine with your pizza while you are out there and thank us later.

Mamma Mia Mama Mia is the mother of all pizzerias in Ghana. Ghana’s flight to Italy departs from here. Mama Mia has been in business for about two decades in the same spot. Aside from being one of the earlier pizzerias in Ghana, it should get flowers for consistency given its age. The freshness from the wood-burning oven is felt with every bite and the ambiance of the space deserves a lot of credit. The Quattro Staggioni is a home run, but be prepared to order another round.

La Piazza As an Italian restaurant, La Piazza does not disappoint with Italian cuisine. La Piazza brings Italy to you; authentic Italian pizza in a space that symbolizes Italy, just the perfect combination. Our favorite is the Calzone fritto because it does just what the name suggests – a calzone and a pizza body. Best of both worlds.



Remembering Ghana If there is one thing that runs through the itinerary of all tourists, it has got to be the presence of a list of souvenirs to take back home. In Ghana, the magnetic pull from traditional (made-in-Ghana) goods is particularly hard to fight. Locals and tourists alike can be easily spoilt for choice when parading around town in search of something memorable that reflects Ghana.



Ghana Football Jersey The most common Ghanaian paraphernalia swimming along Accra’s Oxford Street and other open markets is the Ghana football jersey. Football on a national scale is a gel that connects all the regions of Ghana. The entire nation sings a common tune when the national team is in action. Hence, the jersey (particularly the 2014 World Cup’s edition) is heralded as a perfect symbol for patriotism and support for Ghana.

Local Attires The myriad radiant cultures of the various Ghanaian ethnic groups are easily reflected in their clothing. Local wears have become one of the ways to identify the ethnic groups of certain individuals. However, admiration for each ethnic group’s fashion sense has seen the local fashion of a group seep into that of others. The cross-culture way of dressing promotes a oneness in the nation and easier accessibility to different types of clothing for both locals and foreigners. In this age, batakari and gonja from the northern parts, kete from the Volta Region, kente from the Ashanti Region, and other indigenous wax prints, textiles, tie-dye and dashikis can be found in mainland Accra. Possession of the local attires solidifies the bond between the individual and Ghana. Woodin, Printex or your local clothing providers will be ready to help.

Bolga Baskets It is with pride that I look at how many admirers the imperial Bolga Baskets is garnering day by day. It is about time that this ingenious piece of art from the FraFra ethnic group in Bolgatanga got its due because it is simply iridescent. Bolga Baskets, as they are globally known, are locally hand-woven straw baskets made for a multiplicity of purposes. The icing on the cake is the bright color each product possesses. It is great to see the production of these baskets traverse into a large-scale space, leading to its growing recognition. The Labone, Cantonment and Osu locales stock these baskets from Bolgatanga.

Jewelry and Figurines History has Ghanaian culture being synonymous with luster and wealth. Royals and holders of authority overtly displayed, and continue to display, the wealth of our culture by donning eye catching ornaments. Gold, brass and the likes are some of the ores that make up the jewelry and ornaments. Brass figurines and pieces of art are more common in the markets. As monumental as they are, they are great at making people feel closer to the culture and appreciating the culture even better. The Center for National Culture in Accra-Central has some pieces every tourist will love to get their hands on.

Locally brewed alcohol Locally brewed alcohol is also a winner in the Ghanaian streets. Local ingredients sourced by the brewers, which have also proved to possess a number of health benefits, seem to be a favorite of many tourists and locals. Akpeteshie, which is the overarching term for all locally brewed alcohol is normally produced on a small-scale and sold in the local street corner bars. Some distilleries have taken it up a notch to produce and bottle local mixes to be marketed nationwide, and in some cases globally. Most bars in the capital as well as those outside, stock local drinks in a bid to promote locally made goods. Special mention to Kpokeke and Adonko Bitters which are crowd favorites.



Wonders of the Volta The therapeutic benefits of touring an immensely scenic Ghana spread out to the Volta Region. It has a bit of everything Ghana is known for: intimidating mountainous parts, sublime greeneries, a wealth of wildlife, taming waterbodies and more. Driving into the Volta zone while being greeted by the greens on each flank should make anyone feel welcome into an area that has quite a range of ooos and ahhhs on offer.



Mount Afadja Reaching the top of the mountain typifies victory for many. Mount Afadja or just Afadjato stands at over 2000 feet above sea level, is heralded as Ghana’s highest peak and represents a physical link between Ghana and Togo. The feat at hand is immediately realized when you walk into the embrace of Liati Wote only to be distracted by the towering backdrop of Mount Afadja. Do not despair, there is nothing more beautiful than a conference with the butterflies and birds at the top of the mountain.

Lake Volta Estuary The main Lake Volta is often assumed to be located in the Volta Region. Wrong. Lake Volta actually shares a border with the Volta Region hence, its estuary appears to be in the confines of the Volta Region. Fortunately, there are beaches along the estuary and an environment that invites individuals to confer nature and tap into her goodness.

Tafi Monkey Sanctuary Tafi Atome is a Volta district inhabited by folks that stand tall collectively as one big family. Their mindset seeps into the management of Tafi Monkey sanctuary, making it one of Ghana’s well-maintained tourist sites. Like the Boaben Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, the mona and colobus monkeys that reside in this space are regarded as sacred and protected at all costs. A win for Ghana on a whole.

TAGBO Waterfalls The main Lake Volta is often assumed to be located in the Volta Region. Wrong. Lake Volta actually shares a border with the Volta Region hence, its estuary appears to be in the confines of the Volta Region. Fortunately, there are beaches along the estuary and an environment that invites individuals to confer nature and tap into her goodness. www.dameafrica.com


Welcome to Makola The Mirror of Accra In Accra, Makola Market is the queen of all open markets. Makola is a major economic hub in Accra. This grand space that comprises of subspaces like the famous Kantamanto, parts of Jamestown and the historically significant Rawlings circle, can be everyone’s stomping ground in commerce. You know you are in a major market when there are different scents filling the air at every corner you turn. Makola has everything – from manufactured products to services being rendered – and from the crack of dawn on each day, there is an endless thirst for your money.

Parading through the labyrinth spaces of Makola Market without a set list of things to buy could see you leave with a mountain of goods and your entire day gone. That is Makola’s crowning glory – possessing the best and most aggressive marketers. With competition for space heightening day by day, there is an increased need for wears and products to be sold. Hawkers and shop owners are known to accost pedestrians and tourists to buy their products. The irony is that several of them stock the same products but they can swear they have the superior goods once they have your ear.

For a first-timer, it will be an arduous task navigating through the market and trying to identify the various sections of products being sold in the market although that actually adds to the thrill of the journey. The market is supposed to be demarcated along the lines of types of products being sold (fashion, farm products, food, domestic products etc) but the intense competition for space negates the numerous times the authorities have tried to create some uniformity in there. Truly, the colorful chaos that Makola displays mirrors how everyone in the city is buzzing with energy to make business boom! www.dameafrica.com








o know Ghana is to appreciate where she came from and give prominence to her core. Tracing the heritage of the cocktail of divisions that make up Ghana will be an unnecessary task without peering into the soul of each region. What gives each region its identity is the composition of ethnic groups and festivals that are celebrated throughout the calendar year. Festivals in Ghana are the kaleidoscopes that garner an impressive amount of followership and attention from locals and foreigners alike. When each ethnic group rolls out its timeline for the annual cultural celebrations, all roads lead to the regions which inhabit them – for the main ones at the very least. Delving deeper into the affairs of each region will reveal different essences for which these festivals are observed. Tradition and culture are at the forefront of proceedings and the numbers that grace the occasion symbolize the togetherness and admiration that is festered among individuals. The soul of the country, comprising of all the regions and their display of culture through festivals, amounts to the spirit of being Ghanaian.

Volta Region – Hogbetsotso. The prized possession

of the people of Anlo. During the festival, people are encouraged to make peace with one another in order to mirror the harmony that existed among the ancestors. A great deal of singing, dancing and merry-making forms part of the festival.

Upper West Region – Kobine Festival. Lawra, Upper West Region, receives a lot of attention when this festival comes around. The celebration welcomes back natives who no longer reside in Lawra, as well as commemorating a successful harvest. Ashanti Region – Akwasidae. Nine times a year,

people of Ashanti descent pay homage to their ancestors by offering food, singing and dancing. Each observance is marked with a display of color and splendor that the Ashanti region is known for. A grand durbar is also held by the Asantehene in accordance with tradition

festival observed to commemorate the harvest period

Greater Accra Region – Homowo. The Ga tribe observes a period of planting and harvesting each year as a symbol of hooting at hunger. Homowo proceedings see traditional food (kpekple) sprinkled on the streets, signifying abundance and bemoaning the era of famine in pre-colonial Ghana.

Northern Region – Damba. Festival observed

Upper East Region – Gologo Festival. Sacrifices

Western Region – Kundum. Nzema ethnic group

by the people of Narilegu and Tamale to pay homage to chieftaincy and celebrate the presence of food. The celebration is also tied to the birth of Prophet Muhammed.

are made during the period before harvest to ensure a fruitful score. The people of Talensi and the Upper East believe processions like this sustain the belief in the history and culture of the tribe.

Central Region – Aboakyer. People of Winneba

Easter Region – Odwira. Purification is the memo

engage in wild celebrations to remember the migration of their ancestors to their present-day settlement. The celebration is accompanied by the renowned gamehunting session of which the young men in the town partake in.

here. The celebration is a week-long and it features purification of royal regalia, the towns and the people. The people also give thanks for yams and food that the land is littered with.

Brong-Ahafo Region – Apoo Festival. Town folk come together in the spirit of communalism and camaraderie. Communal projects are also undertaken and each man takes care of the other.







drenalin junkies are always thirsty for an engagement of some sort. On vacations, there is usually an undying need to partake in multiple activities in order to have a collage of memories to reminisce about sometime later. Over on the south coast of Ghana, Kakum National Park in the Central Region, presents a unique opportunity of making a multitude of memories in one spectacular space. Kakum National Park is more than a long riveting canopy walk. With a number of scenic attractions balanced out with a cacophony of sounds spread throughout the site, Kakum emerges as one of Ghana’s most patronized tourist locations throughout the year. Where to start is completely in your hands. The vast rainforest is complemented by more than 200 species of local and exotic birds that do well to create a color wheel in their natural habitat among the greens. One will be able to spot the birds from the canopy walkway using binoculars. The canopy walk, however, appears to be the flagship activity at Kakum National Park. Being 141 feet above ground, supported by sturdy wood and ropes fastened to seven trees does give many a human the exhilaration needed on an exploratory trip. The 330-meter linear walk across seven bridges always features mixed emotions from partakers and is a good comic relief in the grand scheme of things. Kakum also gets props for its impressive pool of endangered and rare species that are inhabitants of the park. Visitors will catch glimpses of the African Elephant, Diana monkey, different species of duikers and antelopes, leopards and buffaloes on sight. There are tour guides on hand to identify and enlighten visitors about the different species available, as well as provide a much needed lecture on wildlife education. Folks primed for a challenge can also embark on a hiking journey in and around the site and undertake the test of identifying endangered species and taking stock about 500 different butterflies The park possesses a museum that offers relevant information about flora and fauna, making sure that visitors are enlightened to a high degree about the species they come across. Nature lovers are duly satisfied with an opportunity to camp at the site, completing a 360 interaction with mother nature. www.dameafrica.com


Personality through Architecture


rchitecture is one of those crafts that champion technicalities. The product of an architect, regardless of how complex or simple it may look, would have required a fine balance of cultural elements, sheer preference and of course a big bowl of nous to come together. The National Theatre is one of Ghana’s earlier modern architectural products. As a possession of the state, the National Theatre was handed to Ghana as a gift from the Chinese government in 1992. However, the being of the National Theatre has not gone without any theories or speculations regarding the motive of the donor and even the implied meaning of the peculiar shape of the building. www.dameafrica.com


The National Theatre stands out in appearance even to this day. The shiplike, dome-like style is indeed not in harmony with the more conventional building styles that surround it in the Accra-Central metropolis. Personally, a building that is supposed to be the haven of the arts in Ghana has every right not to toe the line. The daring uniqueness is the very personality that the arts should assume. From the outside, it is quite surprising how the National Theatre accommodates the National Symphony Orchestra, National Dance Company, and the National Theatre Players. Adds to the reasons why the building piques everyone’s interest.





usic lovers are so easy to locate worldwide. Musicians and listeners strike an enviable bond and seem to synergize for eternity – the common

denominator, music. It is no different in the highly cosmopolitan city of Accra. From smooth jazz sounds to the grit in hip hop, the community of music lovers in Accra are never short on supply and only see their population multiplying day after day.

heartbeat of every energetic night out in Accra. Throw in a live session and some good drinks, and you’ll be creating a party atmosphere you may not have asked for. I am hard to please so here are my top 3 live band spots in Accra...

It is for this reason, among others, that nightlife in Accra gets so much traction and is a sturdy pull for foreigners to Ghana. Music is the www.dameafrica.com


KikiBees Restaurant and Lounge (East Legon)

A stalwart in the game. +233 has made a name for itself by providing an unrivalled level of excitement in the bracket of live music sessions. It is indeed an automatic mention for live music and this further cemented by the numbers that throng to the location daily, yes DAILY! Jazz may not be a mainstream genre among the recent generations but +233 is where you discover a cult of jazz lovers in Accra and folks who just want to have a good time and discover new sounds. The bands in attendance are always fantastic and the quality of service each night stands tall.

KikiBees may not need any introduction to many. After a few years of feeling out their strongest foot, the establishment has managed to stand out as East Legon’s prime hangout spot. With an outdoor vibe and an assortment of meals from a Nigerian / Ghanaian fusion menu, the restaurant and lounge receive a lot of guests on a daily. On Fridays, KikiBees turns it up a notch, the live music sessions see a cocktail of guests across the age scale turn up in their numbers and few celebrities and musicians gracing the occasion.

+233 Jazz Bar and Grill (Ring Road)

Exhale Lounge (East Legon)

This may be a sleeper but nonetheless, a superb location. On Wednesday evenings, it is hard for me not to visit Exhale Lounge, grab a lemon and ice shisha and be serenaded by the band’s rendition of a multitude of songs across every genre known to man. Exhale has an ambiance and aesthetic that easily steals one’s heart and the mixologist gets really creative with his drinks, luring you to stay an hour longer than you planned to.



10 10 of the Most Instagrammable Spots in Ghana 1 for 1 is the mantra here. With the 6 new regions still taking shape in Ghana, we will give a shout to each of the 10 already developed regions by picking out what we regard as a perfect location for the gram.


Jamestown Lighthouse Tower Greater Accra Region

Jamestown Lighthouse Tower For what it’s worth, this is one of the highest points in Accra and who doesn’t want a photo above land?


Manhyia Palace Ashanti Region

Manhyia Palace The Ashanti region is arguably Ghana’s symbol of wealth and lustre. The bling and royalty is there for all to see, and in the house of authority; Manhyia Palace, there is more to see, touch and learn about with regards to the rich Ashanti culture.




Elmina Castle Central Region

Elmina Castle Historically significant is this space because it saw a lot of the gruesome activities of the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade and the plotting during colonialism. In modern times, it is regarded as one of the most recognized relics of Ghanaian history.


Nzulezu; Village on stilts Western Region

Nzulezu; Village on stilts The beaches in the west get a whole of plaudits, and rightly so. The beautiful enigma of Nzulezu also contends for some attention from the outside world and in recent times, it does get a good amount of it.


Larabanga Mosque Northern Region

Larabanga Mosque The Larabanga mosque epitomizes the distinct architectural style of the North and is widely regarded as one of the holiest places in the land.


Adomi Bridge Eastern Region

Adomi Bridge This is the bridge that sits over the Volta River and connects the Eastern Region to the Volta Region. Built in the early stages of the Nkrumah era, this bridge is one of modern-day Ghana’s earliest architectural products.


Wechiau Hippopotamus Sanctuary Upper West Region

Wechiau Hippopotamus Sanctuary Unique in every sense of the word. In the corner of the Upper West Region, this protected area harbors hippos, bats and different wildlife that should blow any visitors mind.


Kintampo Falls Brong Ahafo Region

Kintampo Falls In the heart of Ghana, the beautiful Kintampo Falls rains down in majestic fashion. It is even more beautiful given that it is hidden in the woods. Best experience!


Bolga Market Upper East Region

Bolga Market If you think you have seen the best of the Bolga baskets in the south, wait till you step into the original home of the Bolga baskets in Bolgatanga. This is a very colorful market with very colorful people, both local and foreign.


Mount Afadja Volta Region

Mount Afadja Survival of the fittest served on a plate for individuals with heart. Ghana’s highest point is everyone’s favorite medium to test their wits. There is nothing more rewarding than getting to the apex of the mountain and taking a picture to post that signifies your completion of the quest.



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Accra, the best cocktail there is. The foremost representative of the multiple worlds Ghana has to offer. Although myopic, to some sections of the outside world, Accra is synonymous with Ghana. Little wonder that Accra is one of the most known and marketable facets of Ghana. The influx of people in the city at the back end of December is expected to be massive. Hence, with an average of two full-on days being spent in Accra with the notion of moving on to explore what the other regions have to offer, take a look at two possible routes to have a swell time in Accra.

Day 1 Morning

You would want to be out of the blocks bright and early to make the most out of your 48 in Accra. This is the perfect time to be an audience to the myriad aromas sifting through the air. If you want to feel like a Ghanaian at this juncture, you should probably join a waakye queue. Luckily, most waakye stalls have a hausa kookoo and bofrot stall nearby to complement them. These breakfast buddies are street favorites and make up a vital arm of Ghanaian traditional food culture. After your waakye or kookoo, you should make your way to Oxford Street, Osu; Accra’s most cosmopolitan section, to do some shopping for things you never knew you needed. The flood of stalls is enough to see you strolling almost senselessly unbeknownst of time.


Still in Osu, you have to do Kukun’s Café and Bar, in the Nyaniba Estates, for lunch/ brunch. Kukun is a relatively new multipurpose space that suits all the characters in Accra. Its café and bar section provides a comfy space, with a blend of communal and private

seating area in a pseudo rustic setting. The meals do well to take your taste buds on trips around the world. After being filled up, you may head over to the historic W.E.B DuBois Centre for Pan-African Culture in Cantonments for a muchneeded trip down memory lane about Pan-Africanism and black culture in general.


When the sun sets, Frankie’s ice cream parlor has an expansive range of ice cream flavors worthy enough to be a companion while you are reflecting on the pan African knowledge gained earlier. You may indulge in Frankie’s food menu as well if the need presents itself. To crown your night, Bloombar will be the place to go for consummate cocktails and pristine vibes under bright lights in an open space.

Day 2 Morning

The unwritten laws of vacationing and touring have a good-breakfastbuffet statute in there somewhere. In Accra, hotels usually have the best breakfast buffets. Your best bet for an embarrassing wealth of variety will be the Accra Marriott Hotel inside the Airport City district. Mirroring the global success of Marriott International, Accra’s branch is providing top-class hospitality services – and their A-game does extend into the culinary facet. After that, head over to the Gallery 1957 inside the renowned Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel and be serenaded by a multiplicity of thought-provoking art pieces. Gallery 1957 is a classy, well-lit art gallery that presents leading artists working across West Africa and the diaspora.


In Accra-Central, not far away from Kempinski, lies the Centre for National Culture or the Art Centre, as it is fondly referred to. The Art Centre is a market that stocks tangible connections to Ghanaian culture and history. Walk through the maze of stalls, while being hassled by eager vendors, and you will find beads, baskets, carvings, sculptures, antiques and many souvenirs and gifts that represent Ghanaian culture. On the other side of town, Legon Botanical Gardens awaits you with a different kind of serenity on offer. Greenery supported by water bodies and animal sighting is just the type of setting you want to be enveloped in. There is also an option to turn things up a notch with canopy walks, rope courses, and other fun outdoor activities.


With the potency of the breakfast buffet weaning off, an early dinner will be the right move. Make your way to East Legon, one of Accra’s most multifaceted and upscale districts. Starbites’ East Legon branch will be a wise choice to satisfy any craving at all. You will be faced with a sizeable continental menu from which every meal is a real charm. Cement your night by grabbing a seat at Accra’s flagship center for live music, +233 Jazz Bar and Grill in North Ridge. +233 is the best for a reason. They cancel out the notion that jazz is for older folks and the evidence is in the dynamism of the crowd on each night.


of the most slept on traditional dishes across Ghana.

A proper journey across the ends of Ghana will expose you to multiple traditional delicacies that you may have been forgotten about or are probably new to your ears. The taste is all that matters.

APRAPRANSA Somewhat of a weighty pronunciation for one’s mouth. This gift from the Eastern Region of Ghana is usually unwrapped during special occasions. Aprapransa is typically made from roasted corn flour and palm nut soup. It is commonly complemented with a salsa of one’s choice.

FANTE FANTE As the name suggests, this dish should be a staple in every Fante household. Fante Fante is the title given to a special sauce made with fresh white fish, palm oil, tomatoes and a multitude of spices. The sauce can be eaten with banku, plantain or kenkey. www.dameafrica.com


ABOLO Abolo offers a sweet and sour tang that most traditional dishes don’t possess. Representing the Eweland, Abolo is a steamed dumpling made with yeast, corn and rice flour and sugar. It is usually complemented with fried proteins and hot sauce.

ETOR Etor is a celebrated Akan dish that can be made from either mashed boiled plantain or yam and palm oil. It is topped off with boiled eggs, sometimes peanuts and avocado. Etor is such a lovely sight to behold that it is prepared for birthday celebrants in some households.

TUBANI The making of tubani follows a simple process of steaming bean powder dished and sealed in a katemfe leaf. Tubani is popular in the Upper East and West regions as well as the Northern Region, and is usually eaten with hot sauce.



Gelaaaaato The ice cream craze is strong out here so I am going to show you where to get some good gelato in Accra. PS: NOT FROZEN YOGURT



Frankie’s Hotel & Restaurant

Ci Gusta

After two decades in the game, some can confidently say that Frankie’s is more popular for its ice cream and sweet-tooth range than its primary services. Frankie’s ice cream is the epitome of the business adage about consistency being the hallmark of success. Since the 90’s the taste of the ice cream has not changed. Always in good condition, well-frozen and the intricate components of each flavor capable of being picked out once it settles on your tongue. The different flavors with tongue-twisting nametags also invite you to experiment and have fun with them.

Originally an Italian restaurant, room for franchising has awarded Ghana the chance to experience and appreciate authentic Italian recipes without having to get on a flight. Ci Gusta in Ghana is highly notable for its artisan gelato as well as its soft gelato selection. The team out there allow you to get creative with an array of toppings that will spice up your order. The ice cream can also be ordered as a topping on their signature waffles or crepes. This set up right here is a crowd favorite. Patrice Lumumba Street, Accra, Ghana

Oxford Street, Accra, Ghana

Pinocchio Gelato Italiano I consider Pinocchio an ideal name for an ice cream spot. Further interaction with the spot will convince you why it is regarded as one of the best all-round ice cream parlors in Accra. With colorful décor, friendly staff and a plethora of creamy flavors, the establishment lays its marker as a brand with a laid-back flow that really encapsulates the color and joy of eating ice cream. 2nd Jungle Rd | East Legon, Legon, Ghana 11th Lane, Embassy Road, Osu | Old American Embassy, Accra, Ghana

Gelatos Sandri

Tresence Café Gelateria

This burgeoning spot is gradually taking full ownership of its seat at the table for the best of the best. Sandri’s trump card has to be the fact that they use locally sourced ingredients to prepare their gelato. Nothing better than overtly knowing that you are eating fresh products. It is also an opportune spot to either get your ice cream on the go or relax with kids – you probably will opt for more if you go with the latter.

Tresence offers some more insight as to why Oxford Street, Osu is the most multicultural space in Accra. In the Osu Mall, Tresence is perfectly placed waiting to welcome individuals and trigger the childlike cord in them. The Tresence space plays a lot with color, a host of fancy serving mechanisms and creative ice cream and toppings names that can leave you with oos and ahhhs.

Shiashie Road | Sigma Square, East Legon, Accra, Ghana

Floor 2nd Oxford Street Mall | Above Shoprite, Accra 0000, Ghana




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