Monday, January 18, 2010

Learning about Ghana's Independence

Needing a break from the hotel, the kids and I packed up and headed off to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. Kwame Nkrumah declared independence from Britain on March 6, 1957, the first African nation to declare independence from colonial rule, and the park is on the Old Polo grounds where he made his proclamation. The park also is the final resting place for his body, and the Mausoleum is the main structure on in the park, along with a museum of the man's history. It was a nice way to spend an hour outside of the hotel and the kids and I had fun together.

Eddie, our water boy, checking that his peshwas are still in his pocket

The mausoleum

The kids were fascinated by the fountains in the park

The birds who serenaded our visit

The original statue of Kwame Nkrumah that was vandalized during the military coup in 1966. What is amazing to me about this picture is the fact that located behind this national landmark is such poverty. Ghana is truly a land of incredible opposites living side by side.


Sarah Jane said...

Nice pics Beckie! Looks like the National Museum is a good visit. . .passport yet?

Padilla Fam said...

wow, i'm just amazed at your pics, sooo beautiful, love the 3rd one down (bw) of L? might have to get some copies from ya ;) what kind of camera do ya have??