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 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.