The Year of Return: Roots Run Deep

How to Connect to your Roots in Accra, Ghana

Various celebrities made their way to the historical soil of Ghana along with thousands of American citizens who simply had to set foot on the soil during this epic year of awakening. While visiting Accra, the capital of Ghana, many of the travelers took to exploring and relishing in the historical elements that marked the timeline and movements of the Africans taken hostage by Europeans centuries ago.
Ghana is truly a country with deep roots for African Americans who were forced to leave their heritage behind to come to the Americas for reasons we all understand. As many of us migrate back to our roots, we find ourselves drawn to the motherland of Africa, specifically countries like Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sengal, and Uganda. All of these countries hold beloved historical significance for the people who originated from this continent and those who were born there.
When talking about countries with deep significance for many Black people, Ghana is the goalpost. It is the country in which the transatlantic slave trade shuttled at least 12.5 million slaves to the Carribbean Islands, South America, and North America. According to History.com
over 50 percent of slaves’ origins are directly connected to the “Slave Coast”, now known as Ghana. Ghana is nearly 2 times the size of New York State and is home to nearly 28 million people. That being acknowledged, nearly 1 million travelers frequent Ghana each year. This year was especially unique, deemed the Year of Return—- as it marked 400 years since the first slave ship set sail to the Americas.
Here are a few places many visitors explored, and locations you must put on your list when you make your return to Accra, Ghana.
jamestown

Jamestown

This cultural and lively lighthouse and marketplace merges old Ghana with New Ghana. This coastal location mixes antiquated architecture and modern amenities to create a homogenous space of gratitude and peace. Even in the midst of bustling locals and tourists, the calming waters of the Gulf of Guinea create a serene location to grab a drink, take in the sights and sounds, and give gratitude to the ancestors for their resilience.

DuBois

W.E.B DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture

The grounds where the scholar and philosopher, W.E.B DuBois spent his final years is found right in the city of Accra. DuBois is famous for his scholarly insight on the plight of African Americans in America during the Middle Passage, the years of chattel slavery in America, and the years following the abolishment of the practice. Known as the Father of Pan-Africanism, DuBois is rightfully held in high regard among African Americans. The Memorial Centre houses writings, books, and the tomb of DuBois and his late wife.

Cape Coast

Cape Coast Castle and Museum

This castle is one of 40 “slave castles” used as a trading fort during the Europeans’ invasion. Slave castles were built to house slaves before their transport to the Americas. The Gold Coast of Ghana was once raided for the large quantities of gold and then became the place for taking large numbers of humans.

Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

The first president of Ghana is buried here, and it marks an important part of Ghana’s history. The five-acre park where the body of the profound president lies is a sobering and reflective place to visit to appreciate the evolution of the country.

buka

Buka

Happy vibes and amazing cuisine is everything you need after reflecting on the history of Ghana. The ethnic and native foods of Ghana combined with the modern aesthetics of American decor makes Buka the location you must visit. With traditional banku, jollof rice, plantains, and beans, Buka Restaurant brings visitors full-circle from centuries of destruction to the present-day growth of the country.

Follow Us
Instagram Feed
Latest Posts