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On a mountain near the city... the thing that amazed me about the capital city here was how flat everything was. It was a very different site than what I was used to in the cities.
We took a bus tour around the city today.  Our guide, Kofi, was sure to point out the Independence Arc and the Football Stadium, both important sites in the city.  Our first stop was at the W.E.B. DuBois center.  I knew a bit about him but was blown away by the number of books that he had written and how much work he had actually done.  The tomb site was gorgeous and really embodied the country's culture.  Next we stopped at the Ghana National Museum.  My first time seeing a mummified head and human hand.  In here I felt like I really didn't do enough research about the country before visiting.  The traditions and symbolism that were seen in the various exhibits were amazing.  Next we went to the Kwame Nkrumanh National Monument.  It is a sword stuck in the ground symbolizing peace.  Our final stop for the day was at the Center for National Culture, or the African Market.  Cattle fighting on the beach and vendors fighting for a chance to show us their things.  What a scene it was, difficult to take it all in at once.  Here I met up with Johnny Boy.  He made and sold drums.  After escorting us down to the beach, describing the details in the market place, and taking us back to show us what he had made, I got a private drum lesson.  I was told that the American men were stupid because none of them had made me their fiance.  I was talked into buying a drum, given a kiss, and left to go on my way through the rest of the market.
ttoy says:
Did you go to that arts/crafts district down the road from independance arc in Accra? I was sucked into buying a drum too. This guy named baby jesus...
I am a pharmacist interested in health in west africa also. Have you heard any word on whether Ghanaians have some form of drug insurance coverage yet?
Posted on: Jun 14, 2007
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