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Highlights from

Ghana Tour

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 By Reba Ashton Crawford

 

“Travelling–it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”  – Ibn Battuta


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Ghana, our land of reckoning.  For some of us, it was a return to what was lost.  It gave us a chance to reconnect with it, embrace it and walk hand in hand with it.  The Akan proverb Sankofa means “go back and fetch it.”  It is not taboo to go back and fetch what you lost in order to  move forward.



 Beautiful Ghanaian Girl

 

 

Along with our tour leader, Clinton Crawford, we began our journey in Accra where we witnessed the sites and sounds of the bustling city. We beheld those beautiful African faces that bore the features of our grandmothers, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, cousins, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers.  Those beautiful African faces.


The memories of what happened in Cape Coast and Elmina seemed frozen in time…trapped in those dungeons where our ancestors bore unspeakable pain.  As some of us walked through the markets near the castles, we knew that the people had navigated their way through the centuries and found wholeness. 

Bro. Piankhi honoring the Ancestors with a libation

 

 

 

 

Cape Coast Castle


On Kakum Forest Hanging Bridge

 

We tapped into our inner dare devil at the Kakum Forest National Park where we walked 100 feet above the forest floor on a series of hanging rope bridges.  It was thrilling to see the beautiful, pristine forest from such a high elevation.  Not a trek for “scary cats” though.


Off the beaten path, we traveled to a small village in the Eastern Region where we visited a school and shared gifts of school supplies.

Dego Village School Children

 

Clint with Mama Adwoa

 

We got an amazing history of the village and met the most senior elder, 106 year old Mama Adwoa.  She was young compared to an elder they’d just buried at the age of 124!  Centenarians are common in Ghana (even though it’s not included in the so-called “Blue Zone” countries where people are known to live long).  Mama Adwoa said belief in God, fresh food, and a clean mind is the reason she's lived so long.


Another highlight of our journey was a drive to the Western Region where we visited Nzulezu, a village built entirely on stilts. It’s located in the middle of Lake Tadane and the people trace their ancestry all the way back to Mali and the great Ghana Empire.  Getting there was half the fun.  We were taken by canoes through a river flanked by a forest of trees and vegetation. The scenery was beautiful and quite romantic…in a cinematic-type of way. 

Rowing from Nzulezu Village

 

 

 


In Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Kingdom, we visited the Manhyia Palace Museum, a kente market, and the Arts & Crafts village (a great place to buy everything the name implies). 

 

 

 

Kente Market Vendor

 

On a more somber note, we went to Assin Praso, the river crossing our ancestors had to make before being taken to the dungeons for transport to destinations unknown.


Clint at the Memorial Wall of Return

 

 

So let it be written...

Clint documents our group on the Memorial Wall of Return. We give thanks to those who survived the Great Maafa and we return to honor them. 

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We hope you enjoyed our mini photo essay.  The breadth, width, height and depth of our experience in Ghana was so wonderfully vast it could not be contained within a few photographs.  To truly experience the wonders of Africa, one has to come and witness its splendor.  We would love to have you join us on our next tour! 

Our next Ghana Tour:  TBA 

 

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Photo credits:  Reba & Clinton Crawford


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