Getting to Know Ghana’s Culture Through its Arts and Crafts

It is very common for tourists to buy souvenirs on their trips to remind them of the fantastic time they had in that foreign land. So, if you plan to visit Ghana in the future, you have to include to your itinerary activities that can enrich your knowledge on the country’s handicraft culture and traditions. Here is a sample of what you can do:

Aburi Botanical Garden

While the flight to Ghana may take several hours, you can sleep on the plane and use silk to cover your eyes the entire journey to have enough energy to explore once you land. Once at Kotoka International Airport, head to your hotel right away to drop your bags off. Then, visit the Aburi Botanical Gardens in Accra. Home to a wide variety of plants and trees, the Aburi Botanical Gardens is a large botanical garden that covers about 65 hectares of land. It features rows and rows of palm trees, silk cotton trees, and numerous ornamental plants, such as Brownea grandiceps, Bambusa nana, and Dillenia indica. Moreover, it has a wood carving place where you can see displays of exquisite woodcarving and shop for souvenirs.

Academy of African Music and Art

Found on Ghana’s southern coast, about 30 kilometers from Accra, the Academy of African Music and Art offers a place where the arts and nature meet. It is a large complex made up of several houses that feature traditional African culture, with gardens that grow various tropical flowering plants and coconut trees. For those who want to learn how to play some traditional Ghanaian musical instruments, dance, and handcrafting, the Academy conducts classes run by expert instructors with loads of knowledge and experience on these matters. It also offers African music and dance shows for guests.

Kumasi

Located in Ghana’s Ashanti Region, Kumasi is a large city that offers many cultural spots. Dubbed as “The Garden City,” it grows different species of gorgeous plants, flowers, and trees that add to the metropolis’ beauty. For handicraft products, check out the Craft Villages to see the products of the excellent skills and talents of the local craftsmen. Also, there is the Centre for National Culture, a place that showcases tons of Ghanaian handicrafts that have been passed down through generations.

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

The final resting place of respected Ghanaian leader, Doctor Kwame Nkrumah, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is a spacious national park sitting on a former polo field built by the Brits. It occupies about five acres and has a museum that details the life of the country’s first president. Inside the museum, you can find different crafts, memorabilia, and items that Nkrumah owned throughout his lifetime.