Accra through my Lens 🇬🇭

west Hills Mall (MovieNight)

Akwaaba! Means welcome in the Akan language. It is a symbol for expressing the celebrated Ghanaian hospitality especially to foreigners. “The expression of Akwaaba is so important that the Government has placed the word at some of its entry point to demonstrate to strangers that ,they are indeed welcome to Ghana. Akwaaba is the first thing you see as soon as you land at Kotoka International Airport and anywhere especially at restaurants, hotels, market even on the street. This is to demonstrate warmth, acceptance and peace. The Ghanaian people pride themselves on their hospitality. It is a nice way to welcome a stranger in you local dialect. That is the first thing you learn and will never forget. It is the first thing to remember Ghana.)

An incredible shot of the Kente inspired Inspired Luxury Residential Apartment.

This is Villagio Vista// Located at North Airport.Kwame Nkrumah Blackstar square #7thEdition CHALE WOTE annual Street Art Festival at James Town .

“Chale Wote translated as friendlet’s go is all about falling in love with yourself and what you love doing again. Parts of Accra may be dirty but the dirt has its own love.”

Theme (2017): Wata Mata” West African pidgin for “water matters” explores the resilience of art and creativity in hostile environment with an emphasis on adapting, re-envisioning, dreaming and pushing boundaries. Mata Wata which told the many stories behind water and other things. But the 2017 Festival was more than water. It was the craziest and biggest West African Art Festival ever.

It’s purely arts and could pass for Ghana’s biggest outdoor arts event. The event, first started in 2011, is aimed at creating an environment where audience will reconnect to nature through art.

The festival presents interactive street painting, photo exhibitions, food and fashion marketplace, and graffiti murals, photography, theater, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, extreme sports, film shows, a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more.

The paintings from seasoned artists both local and international were enough to remind me of the theme for this year’s festival.

CHALE WOTE over the years has been the catalyst for the growth of the creative arts industry in Ghana as it creates the environment for arts to be appreciated and a platform for a bigger audience for arts by giving access to the general public.

There’s surely a story behind everything we see in this world including the water we drink. And there is a deity called God. Chale let’s meet in Ghana for the 8th edition, I can’t afford to miss the subsequent editions, Medase (thank you).

Makola Market

a renowned market place and shopping district located on Kojo Thompson road in the centre of Accra. A wide array of products is sold in the markets and its surrounding streets, from car parts to land snails. Dominated by women traders, the market sells fresh produce, manufactured and imported foods, clothes, shoes, tools, medicines, and pots and pans. Jewellery made from locally handcrafted beads can also be found for sale in the market.

In any county that I travel to, the market is always a favorite place to go. If I don’t visit the city market means I travel not. I can really feel the pulse of life and culture in the market. A walk to the market and experiencing the life happening at different corners of the market, each a story. I realized that Africa is the same (I love the feeling) apart from the local languages.

Weekend well spent at BOJO Beach

The Tallest Statue in Africa 🌍. Le Monument de la Renaissance (Dakar, Senegal 🇸🇳)

The African Renaissance Monument (French: Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine) is a 49 meter tall bronze statue located on top of one of the twin hills known as Collines des Mamelles, outside Dakar, Senegal. Built overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the Ouakam suburb, the statue was designed by the Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby after an idea presented by president Abdoulaye Wade and built by Mansudae Overseas Projects, a company from North Korea.

Preparation on top of the 100-meter high hill began in 2006, and construction of the bronze statue began 3rd April, 2008.

Originally scheduled for completion in December 2009, delays stretched into early 2010, and the formal dedication occurred on 4th April, 2010, Senegal’s “National Day”, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from France.

It is the tallest statue in Africa.The monument is made of 3-centimetre thick metal sheets and depicts a family group emerging from a mountaintop: a full-length statue of a young woman, a man, and held aloft on the man’s raised left arm, a child resolutely pointing west towards the sea.

On 3th April 2010, the African Renaissance Monument was unveiled in Dakar in front of 19 African heads of state, including President of Malawi and the African Union Bingu wa Mutharika, Jean Ping of the African Union Commission and the Presidents of Benin, Cape Verde, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania and Zimbabwe, as well as representatives from North Korea, and Jesse Jackson and musician Akon, both from the United States, all of whom were given a tour.

President Wade said “It brings to life our common destiny. Africa has arrived in the 21st century standing tall and more ready than ever to take its destiny into its hands”. President Bingu said “This monument does not belong to Senegal. It belongs to the African people wherever we are.

I’ve got most of the info. from google  and also from the curator during my visit.

December 22, 2016