An astounding voyage of the Garden city of Ghana to familiarize ourselves with memorable activities such as intricate-kente weaving, open-air Kejetia market, opulent Ashanti-historic content at Manhyia Palace to Adinkra printmaking.
KENTE WEAVING AND ADINKRA PRINT
We’ll commence the tour by driving from Accra through towns and villages to Bonwire. Inspired by the spider, kente weaving has been the occupation of the people of Bonwire and are well-known in Ghana for the production of quality and luxurious kente. The leader of this group will take us through the process of weaving the traditional and most cherished cloth in Ghana. From here, we’ll proceed to Adanwomase, another kente weaving village for a cocoa tour to learn more about Ghana’s main cash crop by visiting a cocoa farm. After this tour, a local delicacy awaits us in a local restaurant popularly known for their local recipes. Subsequent to this, we’ll proceed to Ntonso to learn more about the Adinkra printmaking. Adinkra is Akan symbols drawn in ink and used mostly by the Ashanti people of Ghana. Their representations and meanings are likened to fables and are used to bestow wisdom and knowledge. Ntonso, a small town near Kumasi is one of the only places in the world where the creation and use of Adinkra symbols are still practised and taught. From here, we’ll proceed to Golden Gate Hotel to check into our room, enjoy dinner and nightlife in Kumasi before retiring to bed.
MANHYIA PALACE AND KEJETIA MARKET
After a great breakfast, we’ll proceed to Manhyia Palace Museum. With peacocks and peahens beautifying the compound, we’ll proceed to see ancient Ashanti artifacts, sculptures, textiles, gold weights, and more during the museum tour. The site guide will educate us on stories of wars, mystery, royal history, leadership among others as the tour progresses. After this rich history of the Ashanti Kingdom, we’ll proceed to West Africa’s biggest space for buying and selling which is none other than the open-air Kejetia Central Market. Consisting of over 50,000 packed stalls and thousands of smaller shed or umbrella outlets, the business here forms a large part of the informal economy. Traders sell everything from sneakers, glass beads, kente clothing, hardware, meat, fish, vegetables, computers, back-alley cheap batiks, and secondhand fabrics. Others set up shops to meet patrons’ tailoring, shoe-making among others. A close glance into the lives of typical Ghanaians, this market offers every moment of adventure and hospitality at its finest. Having enjoyed every bit of the Garden City experience, we’ll drive back to Accra.