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The site of present-day Accra developed into a sizable town around the original

Ga town as well as British, Danish and Dutch forts and their surrounding communities: Jamestown near the British fort, Osu near the Danish Christianborg fort (now Osu Castle) and Ussherstown near the Dutch Ussher fort.

The four areas form the core of the modern city.

In 1877, at the end of the second Anglo-Asante War,
Accra replaced Cape Coast as the capital of the British Gold Coast colony.
After the completion of a railroad to the mining and agricultural interior,
Accra became the economic center of Ghana.
Large areas were destroyed by earthquakes in 1862 and 1939, but the city grew around a seaport (now relocated to Tema), and later a brewery, expanding into neighbouring towns.
The Accra Riots in 1948 launched the Ghanaian campaign for independence, which led to the Ghana's independence from the United Kingdom and nationhood in 1957.

Today, Accra is one of the wealthiest and most modern cities in the African continent,
with a high quality of living by African standards.
Accra is also known as having one of the continent's most active
night life.


From Wikipedia

 

Accra - Supreme Court

 

BaBa ee means Welcome in Ga.

Accra (and Greater Accra) are TRADITIONAL GA area

 

 

is the capital of both the Greater Accra District and capital of the Republic of Ghana, and has a population of about  1,970,400 (2005).

ACCRA METROPOLITAN ASSEMBLY

 

It is Ghana's largest city and its administrative, communications, and economic center. The primary economic activities are financial and government services, communications, construction, transportation and agriculture (particularly fishing).

Over 70% of Ghana's manufacturing capacity is located withinthe capital area.


Accra is located at 5°30' North, 0°10' West (5.5, -0.1667).


It sits nears the Greenwich Meridian in the Accra Metropolitan Area, in the Greater Accra Region.

Accra was founded by the Ga people in the 1500s.

The word Accra is derived from the word Nkran meaning ants; reference to the numerous anthills seen in the countryside around Accra.


During part of its history, Accra served as a centre for trade with the Portuguese,
who built a fort in the town, followed by the Swedish, Dutch, French, British and Danish
by the end of the seventeenth century.
From Wikipedia

It is Ghana's largest city and its administrative, communications, and economic center. The primary economic activities are financial and government services, communications, construction, transportation and agriculture (particularly fishing).

Over 70% of Ghana's manufacturing capacity is located withinthe capital area.


Accra is located at 5°30' North, 0°10' West (5.5, -0.1667).


It sits nears the Greenwich Meridian in the Accra Metropolitan Area, in the Greater Accra Region.

Accra was founded by the Ga people in the 1500s.

The word Accra is derived from the word Nkran meaning ants; reference to the numerous anthills seen in the countryside around Accra.


During part of its history, Accra served as a centre for trade with the Portuguese,
who built a fort in the town, followed by the Swedish, Dutch, French, British and Danish
by the end of the seventeenth century.
From Wikipedia

Attractions in Accra

Accra is home to the National Museum of Ghana, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Archives of Ghana, and Ghana's central library.


Also of note is Christianborg or Osu Castle -- the seat of government, built by the Danes in the 17th century, the National Theatre, Accra Centre for National Culture, a Light House, the Accra Sports Stadium, the W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture and several beaches.


Near the Parliament of Ghana is the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT.

 

Parliament of GhanaMilitary CemeteryUNIVERSITY Labadi BeachCity Pictures
TRAIN - STATIONAIRPORT ACCRADANQUAH CIRCLE

Accra MALL ..

Art Market / Accra
Independence SquareTechnology MuseumHospitals in AccraTRADE FAIR Fort James
National MuseumNational TheatreHotels in AccraOsu CastleAccra Night Life
Ministry of DefenceMemorial of

Sergeant Adjetey

Supreme CourtFort TeshieIntern. Airport
Accra-Tema MotorwaySports StadiumGhana in PicturesFort UssherPresidential Palace

 

Education

The National Theatre, on Accra's
outskirts are Achimota Secondary School which

was founded in 1924 and opened in 1927, and Presby Boys' Secondary School and some of the country's leading secondary schools and, 13km north at Legon,the University of Ghana.Abelemkpe is the home of Lincoln Community School, Accra Ghana (LCS). LCS is a private, non-profit IB international school for students aged 3-18, and was established in 1968.

The Defense Commission of the Organization of African Unity has its headquarters in Accra. From Wikipedia

Transportation

Accra is a major transportation hub, home to the Kotoka International Airport
The main harbour city,
Tema is connected through one of Ghana's highways.
Public transit in the city is provided by a mix of privately owned Mini-buses (known as Tro-Tros), taxis and buses.

 

Accra - Metro Bus

 


Tro-Tros are usually converted Mini-buses that run a regular, well-known route.
They are cheap and frequent but often in poor repair and over-crowded.


Some taxis also run regular routes, which cost more but provide for a more
comfortable ride.

In 2002, the city started introducing publicly owned buses, which were initially met with skepticism by commuters, but have increased in popularity. From Wikipedia

The Accra Metropolitan Area has lots for people to do and lots for them to see.

There are many shopping sites in Accra; Osu, Makola Market, the market by the Arts Center. Osu is Accra’s main shopping and wealthiest district. Makola Market is Accra’s most popular market. It includes stores, informal stalls and walking vendors. You can find every type of goods, specially of textiles. Other popular markets are Kaneshie Market. For arts and crafts, try the the

"Tetteh Quarshie Art Market" at Tetteh Quarshie Interchange.

You will find prints, paintings, wood arts and much more. Have a chat with the artists! Enjoy a drink at the Drink Bar. At the Centre Of National Culture or Arts Center, you will find a more varied selection of arts and crafts in wood, leather and metal and a huge textile market. For a pleasant stay, there are many safe Accra accommodations too."