Ghana – 128th Country.  To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries.  Ghana is my 128th country.     

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Present day Ghana took shape in the 11th century, with numerous kingdoms waxing and waning over the centuries.  Multiple European powers jockeyed for position starting in the 15th century, with the British eventually winning out.  Ghana is an English speaking countries surrounded by many Francophone nations.  In 1957, this nation of 28 million people gained independence from the British in 1957. 

I continued my West African roadtrip when I left Togo and drove into Ghana. There were some true highlights during my visit to Ghana.  A fantastic experience was visiting Kumasi in central Ghana where I attended the Akwasidae Festival.  This festival is a tradition of the Ashanti Kingdom.  I spent some time on the coast visiting both the Cape Coast and Elmina Castle.  These castles played a tragic and horrific role in the slave trade.  I also enjoyed a day of rest on the beach on the Gulf of Guinea.      

Check out my day at the Akwasidae Festival and seeing Prince Charles.

Ghana - 128th Country

Ghana – 128th Country

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