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If you're planning a trip or holiday to Ghana ( West Africa )
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GhanaSunshine in Plenty
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
Puberty rites of the Krobo, Eastern Ghana (the Dipo Festival)The 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 to November.

The language of the drums- a memorable experienceThough 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 MonumentsElmina Castle, dating from the 15th century, brings back vivid memories of the slave trade in earlier days.
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 1877.

The 300 year old Larabanga Mosque near Damongo in the Northern RegionThe 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
Elephant, Mole National Park.  Ghana has abundant wildlifeGhana 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 the desert.

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 seen.

 
  CULTURAL HERITAGE 2000
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 of Copenhagen.

Fashion design by Francis SelormFashion design by Francis Selorm

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 fabrics available.

 

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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 Ghanaians 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 be.
 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 listening.Once 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 responded, "Amen."
     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 friend.


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. The 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.
   Every 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.


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New Fund For Ghana

An 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 deductible.Produced by Christopher Roy

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