One of the most popular travel destinations at present, exploring Accra showcases its rich history!
On the 6th March 1957, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence, and with that ushering a wave of independence across the continent s the then President Kwame Nkrumah warned that Ghana’s independence was ‘meaningless unless linked up with the total liberation of Africa’. It is this call to action, in reading the work of Nkrumah and many others, in studying the history of the continent of Africa, in hearing the stories my family’s history, through my own upbringing, and of course with my unequivocally African name, that has rooted me firmly as a Pan-African. This has driven my passion in many, many things, one of which is travelling throughout Africa.
BLACK STAR SQUARE
As my country of origin, and the first African country I ever visited, Ghana has and continues to be the place I go to remind me of who I am. There is so much to see, so much to do, and being surrounded by sunshine, good food and happy people is enough to make anyone joyful. Black Star Square, also know as Independence Square, is located in Accra Central and is where the Independence Day celebrations take place. On my first trip to Ghana in 2002, my heart leapt when I saw the landmarks at the Square, the image I had seen on many postcards was now in front of me, reaffirming that I was truly in Ghana.
Since then, I have been to the Square many times, whether passing through or as an intentional visit. I like to visit Black Star Square whenever I feel because to me, it serves as a reminder that anything is possible, and that we should never take our freedom and independence for granted.
Black Star Square is a great landmark, a reminder of how far Ghana, and Africa, have come. There is also so much to do in the surrounding areas.
Best time to visit:
Accra is a great location all year round – but if you come to Ghana around 6th March, the independence day celebrations at Black Star Square are a sight to behold! Get there nice and early as its gets very packed! (I got there at 7am and still struggled to get a seat!)
Other things to see nearby:
Accra Central is home to a number of must-see, well-known landmarks and cultural sites, many of which are within walking distance of Black Star Square. This includes James Town, a historic coastal town, and Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum/National Park, a memorial park dedicated to the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, Makola Market, the Arts Centre, the Accra Sports Stadium, 24th February Road and the Law Courts.
Have you been to Black Star Square? What did you like most about it or the surrounding areas? Please comment box below.