5 Exciting Things to Do in Accra
With a fast growing economy and a multilingual population of about two million, Accra stretches along the Ghanaian Atlantic coast and extends north inland. The city has simply transformed from a suburb of Victoriaborg into a modern metropolis. Interestingly, her architecture reflects this history ranging from 19th-century architecture to modern skyscrapers.
A tourist dreamland, there are several other attractions besides historical sites for visitors and tourists in Accra. Tourism has since become a thriving source of business for those in the arts and crafts, as well as for local travel and tour agents.
Despite the hot weather, here is a list of some of the fun activities to include on your ‘to-do-list’ whenever you visit Accra.
The Independence Square
The Independence Square, also known as the Black Star Square, is a public square in Accra and the second largest in the world after the Tiananmen Square in China. It consists of the Black Star Gate and the Independence Arc, and is bordered by the Accra Sports Stadium and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.
Because of its historical value to the Ghanaian people, the Independent Square is often guarded and permission is usually required to take photographs. In spite of this setback, a trip is well worth the trouble as there is no better tour of Accra.
It is said that culture is the way of life of a people and most times, their practices and norms are best expressed through their art, as one would find on a visit to the Nanoff Gallery.
Amongst the interesting art, depicting different aspects of life in Ghana are the sculptures made from discarded materials such as old automobile parts, disused kitchen ware and bicycle wheels. According to the founder of the gallery, “One thing that is waste could be someone else’s raw materials.
The Nanoff Gallery is located at 69, Osu Badu Crescent Loop, Accra 233.
Republic Bar and Grill
The Republic Bar and Grill is well-known for its excellent choice of food, beverages, as well as a variety choice of cocktails including its speciality, the ‘Wild Beer’ (with bissap concentration). The Republic’s tiny space also provides intimacy for couples in a most relaxing atmosphere. With its walls adorned with album covers and photos of music icons, it is just the right place to enjoy Ghanaian music, including highlife, blaring from the speakers.
The bar is located on Asafoatse Tempong Street, Accra.
Oxford Street, Osu
The busiest Street in Accra, Cantonment Road in Osu is known fondly as Oxford Street, after the shopping hotspot in London. However, it shares little with its namesake except the high traffic and volume of people. A 24-hour hub, the street is lined by stalls and hawkers, constantly hounding tourists to buy their wares.
One of their most effective sales strategies is asking a tourist for his/her name and then returning 20 minutes later with a wristband or T-shirt with the name imprinted on it. Located on Oxford Street are many of the best shops, bars and restaurants Accra has to offer including the likes of Buka, famed for its tasty dishes, though slow service during the rush-hour.
Although lacking a mall, this is the place to gain insight into everyday life in Ghana.
Chale Wote Street Art Festival
This platform brings the best of art, music and dance to the street, drawing together many local and international artists and their patrons in one place. Since the festival’s inception in 2011, various activities have been staged, including fashion parades, focusing on recyclable design workshops, photography, graffiti, street painting, spoken word, film shows and music block parties.
Themed Robot, the 6th edition in 2016 is the biggest and best yet. Participants helped create a new encounter with reality, entirely of their choosing and construction. The 7th edition of the Chale Wote Festival runs from August 14 to 20 and promises even more excitement to ensure everyone takes home a memorable moment.