THE 20TH UNION AFRICA CONFERENCE ON LUNG HEALTH, ACCRA GHANA, 10 - 13 JULY, 2017

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The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and memorial park is located in downtown Accra, the capital of Ghana. It is dedicated to the prominent Ghanaian leader Kwame Nkrumah.
The mausoleum designed by Don Arthur, houses the body of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah, it is meant to represent an upside down sword which in the Akan culture is a symbol of peace. The mausoleum is clad from top to bottom with Italian marble, with a black star at its apex to symbolize unity. The interior of the Mausoleum boasts marble flooring and a mini mastaba looking marble grave marker surrounded by river washed rocks.
A skylight at the top in the Mausoleum illuminates the grave, and at the right time, seems to reflect off the marble further emphasizing that beauty many have come to fall in love with.
The Mausoleum is surrounded by water which is a symbol of life. Its presence conveys a sense of immortality for the name Nkrumah. It shows that even in death he lives on in the hearts and minds of generations here and generations yet to come

 

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A serene Public beach during the day with very little activity. One can relax and read a book whilst listening to the sound of the waves. The public beach can get a little rowdy late on a weekend night, but it's lively enough during the day to enjoy. One can experience little boys perform acrobatic tricks, beautiful trendy young people dancing to hip-life, men on horseback offering rides to shy ladies, and rasta groups playing for money.. The waves are strong here, so a dip to cool down is more advisable than a long swim. If you can't take the hubbub but still want to enjoy the beach, you can always head to one of the luxury resorts close by on the same Accra-Tema Beach Road: Labadi Beach Hotel or the La Palm Royal Beach. For great live music during the weekends, you can also check out the Next Door Beach Resort.

 

Bring along a sense of humor, and leave your camera and valuables behind, Makola market is fantastically hectic. Everything you ever thought could possibly be bought or sold can be found here. Unlike some of the bars in Accra, this is a place teeming with women. Strong, independent ladies with marvelous head dresses and a no-nonsense business sense. No one likes their photo taken. Do bring some money to spend, It boasts of a great bead section, and of course the abundant fresh fruit to eat. You'll see vegetables and mushrooms, fish and meats that are undefinable to the tourist eye. Every taxi driver can take you to the maze of stalls, and many tro-tros stop here as well (heading to/from central Accra or Usher Town).

 

The University of Ghana is actually a little outside of Accra center, in an area called Legon. It's easy to get a tro-tro out there, and worth it in my opinion. In a short visit, you will get to see the small but fascinating archaeology museum, lots of students practicing drumming and dancing, as well as the lecture halls, dining room etc. The University was founded in 1948 and has attracted many future leaders as well as foreign students since its inception. It's a great place to mingle and chat with Ghana's young, bright students. Usually on weekends one can catch great performances at the University’s Drama studio or the Amphitheatre

 

If you are at all interested in contemporary art or fine art, you will be blown away by the Artists Alliance Gallery. Huge metal sculptures mix with antique Asafo flags, kente cloth, furniture, and fantastic masks. One of Ghana's most respected artists, Ablade Glover is responsible for this three story treasure-trove. Every Ghanaian artist worth their salt is represented in the gallery. You can buy most of the art you see here direct from the artist. They ship all over the world and accept credit cards.  The gift shop does have smaller items and is well stocked. Admission is free and the gallery is open daily. It's located near Labadi beach, on the Accra-Tema Beach Road.

 

 

The Independence Arch in Accra, Ghana, is part of the Independence Square which contains monuments to Ghana's independence struggle, including the Independence Arch, Black Star Gate, and the Liberation Day Monument. Independence Square with Independence Arch and Black Star Gate, Accra - Ghana
Nearby you`ll find Accra Sports Stadium and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.
The venue for many national celebrations, dominated by the independence arch and the memorial to Unknown Soldier.

 

 

The Independence Arch in Accra, Ghana, is part of the Independence Square which contains monuments to Ghana's independence struggle, including the Independence Arch, Black Star Gate, and the Liberation Day Monument.
The Independence Square is the second largest City Square in the world after the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

 

The National Museum of Ghana is owned and operated by the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), and has been in operation since March 5th, 1957. The museum has three primary collection areas; archaeology, ethnography, and art, which are used to weave together a story about Ghana's rich cultural history.