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Mama Adjua Speaks Blog of Tuesday, 27 September 2022

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Welcome to Ghana My First Trip During The Year of Return 2019

Ghana
My first trip to Ghana from the UK was in October 2019 as part of the "Year of Return", honouring 400 years since my enslaved Ancestors were stolen from Africa & transported to the Caribbean, Jamaica. Its aims were to promote tourism, whilst encouraging people of the Diaspora to reunite & visit Ghana. I visited with a group of friends from the UK & Barbados for 10 days.

Accra, Kumasi & Cape Coast Tours
Even though our trip was short, we travelled to all the usual tourist sights. From Black Star Square, Independence Arch, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the Arts Centre, Makola Market, Jamestown Lighthouse; to Kumasi, visiting the Manhiya Palace, Kejetia Market & Bonwire Kente Village. It was a long drive from Accra to Kumasi in our naturally air conditioned bus. Our driver did his best to avoid the numerous pot holes & vehicles switching lanes in front of him; whilst telling us about the areas we drove through.

As a photographer, I was fascinated by the architecture, people carrying their loads, brightly coloured kiosks, street traders, food & landscape. No trip to Ghana is complete without a visit to Elmina or Cape Coast Castles. We learnt about the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade seated in the old Church, where the colonisers happily held services, worshipping their God. I stood in the dark, damp, cold dungeons, listening to horrendous unbelievable narratives of how our Ancestors were tortured, beaten & raped. I will NEVER forget the sight, smell & "cries" I heard. I had learnt about "The Door of No Return", however, seeing it was a very emotional & traumatic experience.



Akosombo Dam & Togo


The trip was lightened by a visit across the Volta River via the Adome Bridge to the Akosombo Dam. We had a tour of the facility, learning about its hydroelectric power, supplying electricity to Ghana & surrounding areas. If that wasn't enough, we travelled on to Aflao, crossing the border into Togo. This was the highlight of my trip as my Genealogy searches led me to discovering my Ancestors were from Togo & Benin.


I just needed to stand on the beach, with my feet in the sand, feeling the ebb & flow of the waves.



And just like that, our 10 days were over! The next thing I knew we were back at Kotoka International Airport, boarding our flight. I made a vow there & then to return. And I did on Friday 13th March 2020. Now that's another story!

(Year of Return Logo courtesy of www.visitghana.com, all other photos Jackie Morrison Photography)