Friday, we left the familiar walls of the Fairhill guest house to spend the weekend with Ghanaian families in Cape Coast and Tema. Brittany, Leah, Chloe’ and I traveled the long journey on the bus to Tema, Ghana to meet our new families.
The ride was an interesting experience and to our surprise once all the seats were filled people simply filled the aisle ways. We watched Ghanaian films on the journey which provided some much needed entertainment for the long ride.
Once we arrived in Tema, we were greeted by Auntie Aggie who drove Chole’ and I to Essie’s house for our home stay. We were welcomed with open arms and immediately felt part of the family. Essie’s brother, Emmanuel, is a graduate of Davidson so Wildcat pride is strong in their household.
Saturday morning, we met up with Brittany and Leah who stayed at Aunty Aggie’s house and headed to Accra. On the way to Accra, we were able to see more of Tema in the daylight. We passed the fish harbors where the smell of fresh fish permeated the air. We saw fishermen standing in the ocean and selling fish on the side of the road. The waves crushing against the rocks were absolutely breath-taking.
We arrived in Accra and Essie took us to the Cultural Center which is every tourist’s dream. The center had everything one could imagine to buy to bring home and we bought lots of amazing trinkets including masks, baskets, drums, jewelry, paintings, and beautifully colored bags. The merchants were persistent and at times the overall experience was overwhelming but we enjoyed our shopping expenditure. Outside of the market, Brittany treated herself to fresh coconut and then we walked to the Kwame Nkrumah memorial.
At the memorial, we saw a wedding which was very beautiful. Then we walked the memorial admiring the statues of the drum player and the horn players in the pool. We saw the burial place of Kwame Nkrumah, first president of Ghana, and his wife who was buried beside him in 2007. Our tour guide explained that every aspect of the memorial was symbolic, for example the black star represents African hope. Inside the museum, we were able to see pictures that spanned Nkrumah’s life and they even had pieces of furniture from his dorm room at Lincoln University.
Sunday morning, we attended a catholic mass with our host families. At the mass, we were able to see much more of Ghanaian fashion. Then we bid our families farewell and headed back to Cape Coast, Ghana to reunite with everyone in the familiar walls of Fairhill Guest House. Overall, the home-stay visit was an interesting and fascinating experience that we thoroughly enjoyed.
Peace, love, and mosquito repellant