Ghana has a tropical climate moderate temperatures, constant breeze and
clear, continuous sunshine most of the year. Temperature range is 21° - 32°C
in the shouth and 24° - 38°C in the north.
Beautiful, Unspoilt Sandy Beaches
Along the length of its Atlantic Coast are miles and miles of palm fringed
golden beaches, many of which sport historic forts and castles built in the
15th to 18th centuries by Europeans trading in gold and slaves.
African-Americans and other visitors often pause and ponder on these
monuments to a bygone era.
There are rains between April and July and the dry season occurs from
October to March. July to November are the "greenest" months while the sunny
beaches provide a warm welcome for visitors from the winter cold in Europe
and North America.
Ghana is a healthy country and tourist areas are adequately provided with
health facilities - yellow fever vaccination is required and visitors should
take a preventative dose of malaria tablets.
A Rich and Unique Culture
hinterland of Ghana offers some of the best of the sights and sound which
attract tourists to Africa: tropical forests and savannah; wildlife parks;
the culture of ancient black kingdoms like Ashanti; traditional African
village scapes; goldmines; cocoa farms; cultural festivals; tropical fruits
and herbal plants; African dishes, costumes and music.
For art, antique and souvenir collectors Ghana tempts with an array of
"Africana" in woodcarving, gold , silver, leather, colourful "kente" cloth,
traditional African wear, beads and strawcraft.
Getting around is easy. English is the official language and is widely
spoken. Some major Ghanaian languages are: Twi, Ga, Fante, Hausa, Dagbani,
Ewe and Nzema. There is a good road network as well as domestic air
services. An interesting and unusual mode of transport is by boat on the
vast Lake Volta.
There is a nationwide network of excellent State Transport Corporation
buses; airconditioned tourist buses are also for hire. One of the most
attractive aspects of Ghanaian cultural life is that of the colourful
festivals and durbars which are held in all parts of the country from April
diverse in nature, the festivals have a common purpose and features. Through
these festivals people remember their past leaders and ask for help and
protection. Lastly, festivals are held in order to purify the whole state so
that the people can enter the new year with confidence and hope.
Thousands of people including foreigners from all walks of life, travel all
over the country to witness the festivals. All told, the festivals have the
effect of creating in the people a feeling of pride in their cultural
heritage and spiritual affinity. When you are at a festival, try and visit a
home. The famous hospitality of the Ghanaian, his warmth, friendliness as
well as the distinctive charm of the Ghanaian housewife are best experienced
by a guest in a Ghanaian home on festive occasions.
Check carefully on dates of festivals. Important ones include Dipo Puberty
Rites (Krobo Odumase); Bakatue (Elmina, Central Region); Homowo (Greater
Accra Region); Odwira (Akwapim, Eastern Region); Akwasidae (Kumasi, Ashanti
Region) and Hogbetsotso (Volta Region). There are many others.
Historic Forts, Castles and Monuments
Ghana's golden coastline along the Gulf of Guinea is unique in Africa for
the number of ancient forts and castles built by the various European
nations - initially by the Portuguese and later by the Swedish, Dutch,
Danish, British and Prussians.
In fact there are the remains of over one hundred such castles and forts in
Ghana. Two which are a visitor's "must" are the earliest at Elmina,
completed by the Portuguese in 1482 and Cape Coast Castle dating from 1652.
The size and strength of these buildings need to be seen to be appreciated -
try to view them from the sea or beach as well as the land approach.
Cape Coast Castle also houses the West African Historical Museum and was
actually the seat of government until the capital was moved to Accra in
Ghana Museums and Monuments Board is legally responsible for protecting
Ghana's cultural heritage and looks after a number of traditional buildings,
many in and near Kumasi in the Ashanti region as well as historic mosques,
walls and palaces in the Northern and two Upper Regions.
Each of Ghana's ten regions has buildings and sites of interest to the
discerning visitor. Care should be taken to plan itineraries in advance.
Professional advice is available from representatives of the Ghana Tourist
Board and registered travel agencies.
Fascinating Wildlife and Vegetation
has varied plant and wildlife system ranging from dense tropical rain forest
in the southwest through deciduous forest in the center to dry savannah
country in the north where the effects of the Harmattan winds are felt from
Nothern Ghana is a particularly interesting area of the country well worth
the effort to visit and contains the Mole National Park, 140km southwest of
Tamale which is the largest and most developed of the wildlife sanctuaries.
Antelope, monkeys, elephant, lion and leopard are among the animals to be
September 30, 2000 at Nørre Allé Medborgerhus in Copenhagen -
A millenium kente fashion show. The rich colourful images of African
textiles, was paraded through exhibition of fashion show held in the heart
Designs / Products
Keta Ethnic Design : Initially, the company promoted the Keta
ethnic design, wich was the Ghanaian waxprint and made in Amsterdam,
Holland, but due to the promotion of Kente design, the production of Keta
design was discontinued.
Kente Design : The Kente design for centuries, has been used for
clothing in the West Africa, and was originally woven in cotton. Kente has
been a well known and popular product in USA, United Kingdom and other parts
of the world. At present, the Kente product lines are T-shirts and leggings,
made of single jersey, with prints in Kente patterns. In the future, the
Kente will be produced and weaved in new designs/patterns in sweat shirts,
cardigans, pants, shirts, dresses, blouses, skirts, ties,ect.
For the first time in the world of fashion, Francis Selorm Seshie is
manufacturing the Kente design, printed in single jersey and silk materials,
wich designs are his own unique and original creation. He is adapting the
Kente technique on new materials. The new design is called Gye Nyame, wich
means in English "Except God" and the design can also easily meet the modern
standard of fashion. Take a look at the
Visions of Ghana
by Joachim Eriksson
I was one among seven students
from Bryn Athyn College who went on a trip to Ghana in the spring of
2001. I learned so much from the Ghanaian culture and the way the
lead their spiritual life. I saw in many ways how heart-felt their
connection is to God. Ghanaians really seek to understand God, and they
also have an intuitive knowledge about the spiritual world - a knowledge
based on experience rather than on dogmatic assumption.
When I came back from Ghana I had a strong sense of vision of how the
New Church can really flourish there. The teachings can give an
understanding of who God is and illuminate a clearer idea of what the
spiritual world is like. Given the time and attention, I think most
Ghanaians would have an easy time accepting the New Church teachings. I
see two things that the Ghanaians have and that the New Church can
really help them with. The
first is the Ghanaians thirst for truth. They love God and they do not
question weather God exists or not; for them it is just a matter of
finding out how God wants them to live. The Ghanaians have not yet been
consumed by the Red Dragon - you do not see many Ghanaians who adhere to
faith alone. This is because they are continually seeking out what the
truth really is. They know the Bible and they read the Bible and they
are open to discuss it with other people. The second quality I see in
Ghanaians is that they have a very close connection to the spiritual
world. The presence of the spiritual world in Ghana is more actual than
assumed; they know that it is there.
I once asked one of the Theologs who studies under Rev. Ankra Badu in
Accra about what Ghanaians believe about the spiritual world. He
answered that they know there is a spiritual world. He said that many,
many people tell of dreams where they meet and speak with people close
to them who have died, and some have even see spirits while being fully
awake. But despite all this, Rev. Gyamfi in Asakraka, says that many
people living in his region are saying that there is darkness in the
spiritual world right now. He says so because they are aware of the fact
that some generations ago their ancestors had a much closer connection
to the spirit world and had a closer contact with angels and spirits.
Ghanaians today do not have as strong an affiliation with the spiritual
world, they know that it is there but the information from it and the
connection to those who have passed on is not as strong as it used to
In Ghana people are very open to talk about religion. You can literally
stop on the corner of any street and start preaching, and in a short
while there will be a large crowd in front of you
I went on a "tra-tra," the local busses they use in Ghana, from the city
of Accra to the city of Tema. After having traveled for 10 minutes a man
stood up and started preaching. I don't think that the man was a priest,
but simply just a layman who was inspired to talk about the Lord. He was
talking in "Twi," a local Ghanaian language, so I didn't understand what
he was saying, except every once in a while he shouted out in English,
"Praise the Lord," and the travelers in the bus responded to him saying,
“Hallelujah." Sometimes he said "Hallelujah" and then the others
Traditionally, before Christianity was introduced, the Ghanaians
were monotheistic. If you ever go out to buy souvenirs in Ghana you are
bound to find something that has the sign "Gye Nyame," an ancient
Adinkra symbol that was used by the people of the Ashanti, carved, sown,
or stamped on the souvenir. This sign means "Tis only God," and was used
hundreds of years before the Englishmen introduced the Latin alphabet.
Today the Ghanaians faith is a living faith, and they believe that God
is in charge. When I told some children in a class I was teaching at the
Tema New Church School that there are people from the country were I
come from who don't believe in God, the children were astonished. They
could hardly believe that there are people who don't believe in God.
Other adults that I spoke to said that they had heard of such people in
other countries. To them this was like a far-off myth or legend, and
they wondered if this was actually true or not. It would hardly be an
exaggeration to say that everyone in Ghana believes in God. Ghanaians
have a tremendous amount of patience and tolerance. Many Ghanaians live
in great poverty, and many wish that they had more wealth, yet they
accept their current situation and they have faith that the Lord will
provide for their needs. When I first heard about how poor Ghana was, I
could picture many sad, miserable people living there. This however is
not the case. I saw smiles wherever I went. For instance, people you
have never seen before will walk up to you and take your hand and say,
"I want to be your best friend." Sometimes, because people saw I was
from a rich country, they would ask if I could spare them some money.
Even if I didn't give them any, they so much appreciated just being my
Gye Nyame "Tis only God"
In Ghana, just about everywhere,
people write short phrases from the Bible or just inspiring words to
praise the Lord. For example, you can see painted on the back of a car
"God's Gift." Or you will see a small fast food place that sells rice
with the name of "God is Merciful Special Rice." Just about a minute
drive way from where we stayed, there was a place where you could go and
pump your car-tires. The little red pump had been painted with white
stars, and in white letters was written: "OH GOD REMEMBER ME."
I got the sense from the Ghanaians that their faith is simply an
intuitive knowledge that there is God. Many Ghanaians spend a lot of
time reading the Bible, or the Koran if they are Muslim, to find out
what God wants them to do and how they can follow Him. On a regular
Sunday it is not uncommon for Ghanaians to spend over three hours in
Church. During the sermons, the minister shouts out phrases that the
congregation responds to. At church the Ghanaians sing loudly and with
their full hearts, and you can see them with their eyes closed, swinging
their body to the music. The times that I did speak about the New Church
teachings with people who were not familiar with them, or just beginning
to learning about them, I could see in their eyes their respect for
these teachings. They were not afraid of questioning what I said. They
would use a passage from the Bible to illustrate a different viewpoint,
and to show what they had seen and believed to be the truth up to that
point. But still, they are interested to see what anyone has to say
about religion, and they will come back to ask more questions about what
they heard before.
spiritual flame in Ghana is living. You can sense the heat inside the
people of Ghana when you are there, but maybe it is true what Mr. Gyamfi
has said: "There is darkness in the spiritual world." Imagine the
awe-inspiring power that would manifest itself if you added light to the
heat of the souls in Ghana. These earnest souls might then feel a
connection to their creator, and would also be given the light to see
who their God is.
book sent there will be read. The General Church in Ghana is very active
in finding ways to become self-sufficient.. In the meantime they can use
all the support they can get. The vision I see of the growth for the New
Church in Ghana is one that I believe to the fullest. Truly these people
feel the Lord in their hearts, and once you give them a light to
illuminate the things they feel, surely you will see the powers of
heaven come tumbling down on earth.
For recent news from
the Tema school,
New Fund For
Income and Reserve Fund has been created to support church growth in
Ghana. Monies deposited in this account are invested in two T. Rowe
Price mutual funds, one a total stock market index fund and the
other a total bond market index fund. The Income and Reserve Fund
will serve as an endowment, with its dividends paid out to the
church in Ghana for uses selected by the Board of Directors of the
General Church of Ghana.
The General Church West Africa Committee, which has
representation from both Ghana and the General Church USA, will
undertake management of the fund. Funding is from private sources
and has already reached $16,000.
How can you contribute to this worthwhile cause?
Easy, just make out a check to The General Church of the New
Jerusalem with instructions that it be invested in the Income and
Reserve Fund for Ghana, and mail it to the Development Office at PO
Box 708, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009. All contributions are fully tax
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