Ghanaian Afro- dancehall singer Stonebwoy has been signed up to Universal Music Group.

Wow its been long since i updated you on what is happening in the music world. Today i bring to you the lasted news which is about the world leader in music-based entertainment, Universal Music Group (UMG) signing a record label deal with our Ghanaian leading Afro-Dancehall artiste Livingstone Etse Satekla aka Stonebwoy(BHIM NATION).

He is currently one of Ghana’s fine musicians and  one of my favorite artiste ,not that because he is from my tribe that is why but because his songs have meaning .Especially his track “Bawasaba”. Currently he is in Europe for the ” Epistles of Mama World Tour”which has landed him a major label with the Universal Music Group. His deal was announced during the launch of Universal Music Group’s new Pan-African division office in Nigeria yesterday dated Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Do you what is interesting too He was in the news recently for revealing that he would collaborate with Shatta Wale on a song soon.,Stonebwoy, who is already signed to Zylofon Music record label, isn’t the only Ghanaian artiste who agreed to join with Universal Music Group but also Ghanaian Afro-soul songstress, Cina Soul, who was earlier announced as a signee with Universal Music Group. Other artistes signed to the label including Nigerian artistes WurlD, Odunsi (the Engine), Tay Iwar, Mr Eazi and co-signed Tekno in conjunction with Island Records UK, and co-signed Tanzanian singer and songwriter Vanessa Mdee in conjunction with AfroForce1 Records.

The label will market, promote and distribute the works of the “Enku Lenu” hitmaker around the world.

Universal Music Group’s new division in Lagos will support artistes from Nigeria, Ghana, and the Gambia throughout the continent and beyond, utilizing Universal Music Group’s global networks for wider discovery, marketing, promotion and distribution. This new strategic division will operate from a new office in Lagos, under the leadership of Nigerian music executive Ezegozie  Eze Jr., who has been named General Manager of Universal Music Nigeria.

However, Tour-Ghana can tell that Stonebwoy is not  leaving Zylofon Music but  he intended to keep both as his record labels.

Best Warm out exercises

Warm up exercise is essential before getting down and doing your actual workout. Why, you ask? Well, the reasons are many, and the most important ones are like improving the circulation of oxygen and blood flow to your muscles, improving your body’s agility, reducing risk of injury, getting better body reaction time, helping you perform your workouts better, etc. See? Of course, there are many more reasons that work to your advantage, and you can easily google them. Today, however, we’re only going to focus on the best warmups for you.

The Best Warm Up Exercises for Your Body

The exercises mentioned below are suitable for most age groups, as well as for people with varying body flexibilities. Choose the one that are most convenient for you.

1.Child’s pose breathing

The picture is self-explanatory. All you have to take care of is your breathing. Breathe in slowly and deeply with your nose. Then slowly, breathe out with your nose till you’ve breathed out all the air in your lungs. Repeat this process at least 15 times. During this entire time, make sure you don’t breathe through your mouth.

2.Knee lift lunge.

This is a variation of the classic lunge. While the latter works on mostly your leg muscles, the knee lift lunge also works on your abdominal muscles as well. Apart from that, it tightens your core, and improves your body posture and balance. When doing these lunges, make sure you try to make knees go up to the level of your chest. The more you raise your knees, the more calories you’ll burn. One lunge on both legs = 1 rep. Make sure you do a minimum of 15 reps i.e. 15 times for each leg.

3. Squat thrusts/burpees

These warm up exercises are very popular among fitness enthusiasts, and for good reason. Not only do they immediately make your muscles work, but they also help in toning your lower body. And if that isn’t enough, they also work on the core muscles of your chest and abdomen. The word is self-explanatory. Just ensure you don’t bend too far ahead. Take the help of an instructor if you’re new to squats. Ankles are often the most ignored part of the body, and it’s important to stretch them too. Apart from your ankle, this warm up exercise also works on your back, arms, hamstrings and lower back. Begin by positioning your body on your fours. Then, alternate between putting your left foot over your right ankle and vice versa. Begin with 20 reps and work your way up when you feel you can pull 20 reps easily.

4. Inner thigh stretch

This stretches your inner thigh, abdominal and groin muscles. Just sit, stretch out your legs as much as you can, and then push forward with both your hands ahead. Try to go as far as possible, and if you can, try to touch the mat with your forehead. This will put added pressure on your abdominal muscles

5.Skipping

Well, duh! Mild jumping for a mere 5 minutes can easily get the job done for you. It quickly increases your body temperature and heart rate, which in turn makes it easier for your body to burn fat. If 5 minutes seems too much for you, then begin with 2 minutes, and slowly work your way up from there. This one’s great if you want to work on your back. All you have to do is to lie on a mat with your knees raised, and then gently and slowly, lift your hips up. Your feet will remain stationery. Now you can do this in two ways:

20 reps going up and down one after the other;

  • Going up, holding that pose for 3-5 seconds, coming down, and then repeating the process. 10 reps are more than enough. You can get creative and experiment with the difficulty levels once you get comfortable with this exercise.
  • 6. Half pushups

Sure, you can do pushups if you can, but if you’re new to warm up exercises, then begin with half pushups. The only difference between pushups and half pushups is that in the latter, you place your knee on the mat to form a support for your body or more specifically, your back. Exhale while pushing up, and inhale while going down.

7.Triceps warm up

When you put your hand behind your neck, make sure your upper arm is straight and not tilting sideways. Then touch the elbow with your other hand and apply pressure in a downward direction. Do so for 2-3 seconds and then repeat with your other hand. Stretching both hands = 1 rep, so make sure you do a minimum of 10 reps to warm up your triceps.

8. High knee skips

This exercise looks like a knee lift lunge, but it really isn’t. This warm up exercise should best be done before intense workouts, because it very quickly increases your heart rate and body temperature. Stand up straight, and then start raising your knees one after the other in quick succession. Make sure you’re jumping or skipping while doing so – your entire body should move. Bring your knees to the level of your abdomen, and make sure they’re always perpendicular to your abdomen. Do so for 1-2 minutes.

9. Upper back rotation

This is one of the best warm up exercises for your back. When you are on your fours, put your right hand on the nape of your neck. Bring your right elbow down, trying to touch your other arm. Of course you can’t really touch it, but that is the movement you should do. Then bring it outwards and imagine touching the ceiling with your elbow. Repeat this with your left arm. Do at least 10 reps each.

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How to build self esteem

Damaging life experiences can only shape and define who you are if you let them. You can use cognitive behavioral strategy to talk yourself through self-doubt and build high self-esteem. Often people speak negatively to self; it is important that whatever you tell yourself is positive and encouraging. Even while facing your fears for the first time, it is crucial for you to be positive about the outcome of such an endeavor even before you complete the process.

Life gets tough sometimes, and self-belief goes a long way in helping you develop a tough skin that can overcome life’s challenges. Studies show that for you to lead a happy and fulfilling life, you need to be confident in yourself and have high self-esteem. No one was born confident, or with high self-esteem, it takes self-initiative to work on yourself and build self confidence. Now let’s look at how to build our self esteem and confidence.

Working on self love

Build confidence instead of Negative self-talk since its one of the most effective ways you can use to tear down your self-esteem and self confidence. You should learn how to replace your negative comments with positive and encouraging ones. Even though the emotional and psychological wounds you have ,might not have been self-inflicted, you are the only one who can heal them. As you learn to love yourself, you realize that your perspective becomes positive and optimistic.

Learning to be your own cheerleader

Remember this “People’s support for you will only count if you too believe in yourself first”.Also that persistence is key in the journey of self-actualization as can easily be back at square one with just one negative comment.

• Make it a habit of complimenting yourself

Always celebrate your successes and encourage yourself when you face setbacks. Building confidence does not happen overnight; never! it takes time for your brain to be convinced of the compliments you give yourself. Speaking comments out loud while you look back at your image in the mirror can help as it is you actually talking to yourself helps build self confidence.

Surround yourself with Positivity

In order for you to build self confidence, you should surround yourself with positive energy. Seeking out company that adds value to your life will not only help you build confidence but also grow in other sectors of your life.Surrounding yourself with positivity comes in two ways that is;

• Being around positive people

Build confidence by associating yourself with individuals who are positive minded gives you an idea of what confidence looks like. You can even observe a confident person and learn how to show confidence through them. Before you allow yourself to get attached to anyone, ensure that the reason you are attracted to them is that they have a positive attitude and not because they also have low self-esteem. Comments you get from other people might seem like just words, but they carry a lot of weight. Do not let people weigh you down, shielding off negativity will assist you build self confidence.

• Being in a Positive Environment

It goes a long way be in a positive, vibrant environment because it nourishes you and gives you the energy to move forward. The journey of building self confidence and high self-esteem is a continuous and a non-stopping one. As a human being, you are a social being who is bound to look for a personal connection with an individual. It is only in a positive environment that you will be able to meet positive minded people you can connect with. Having a personal connection with someone who has a positive attitude towards life guarantees that this positive energy will rub off on you, one way or another.

Final Thoughts

To succeed in your quest to Build self confidence, you should remember to be consistent and intentional. It will not come easy but putting in all the effort will prove to be worth it in the long run. There are a lot of opportunities in life that you can only grab and work with if you are confident enough. Decide today to make sure self-doubt does not get in the way of tour success. You deserve to feel confident about who you are and what you are capable of doing.

Have an image of who you want to be in your mind and take positive steps towards being that person. Little details like taking care of your health and dressing up might seem negligible, but they contribute massively to boost your confidence. Confidence is armor you wear every day when you feel good in your own skin, it reflects to the public.

Prayer point for love ones

Sometimes, it feels impossible to find love. You struggle at work and feel like you do not have a minute to spare. While you want to find someone to share a life with, it seems like you never have time to go out looking for love. In other cases, you have already found a partner, but you struggle to understand them. Relationships are not easy, and it is far too common to be stuck on a fight or argument. Whenever you struggle to find love in your life, these prayers for love can help. Use these prayers for love to rekindle your relationship and to find happiness in the little things.

Relationships may grow cold, but the love that the Lord has for us will never die. Through these prayers for love, you can ask God to help you share his love with the world. You can ask that he leads you back to a place of happiness as he rekindles the love in your marriage, friendship or relationship.

1. You have said that we must turn the other cheek when someone harms us or strikes out against us. I have not lived up to your words. In my arguments and in my attitude, I have found it difficult to practice forgiveness and love. I pray that you could guide me and help me see your love in all of your creations. Help me to improve my relationship and to become the spouse that I know that I can be.

2. Heavenly Father, you have seen all of my thoughts and my actions. You know my needs and all of my dreams. I know that you see my longing to find love in this world and that you hear my prayer. I know that you will bring me someone who will walk with me for all of the days of my life. I know that, at the time of your choosing, this person will appear to give me all of the desires of my heart. You, loving Father, hear all of my hopes, dreams and feelings. I pray that I will meet someone who I can love and have a close relationship with. I ask that you help me find a person who I can live my life with. Amen.

3. In times of struggle, it is easy for me to lose patience. I forget about your lessons of love and turn to anger or frustration instead. I ask for your forgiveness for all of the times that I have allowed anger to rule my life. Please guide me and help me to become a more loving, compassionate person. You gave your only son to the world through your infinite love. Help me to feel some of your love and to practice it in each and every day of my life. Amen.

4. Dear Lord, your heart is full of truth, wisdom and love. You have shown us the beauty of our creation and given us more blessings than we deserve. Each day, we see the infinite love and mercy that you bear for us. You teach us to live a life full of your goodness and love. We are blessed by your love and choose to live in your care. Thank you for always guiding us toward true love and happiness. Each morning, we choose to live a life devoted to you.

5. Heavenly Father, I trust my loved ones to your care. I cannot be with them during each moment of the day, but they are always in your sight. I ask that you guide them and protect them. Carry my loved ones through troubled times. Help them to find the happiness and love they need in their lives. In my own relationship, help me to ignite the fire of love once again. Inspire my mind so that I can find new ways to show my love toward each person in my life.

6. I am distraught to think of the stress and grief that I have given my husband/wife. I have tried to live by your example and to show your love for the world, but I have failed. Instead of responding with love and compassion, I answered my spouse in anger. Help me to find forgiveness and to practice your love in my life. Amen.

7. I have lived alone for far too long, O Lord. You know all of my thoughts and feelings, so you know how much I want to find someone who I can spend my life with. I know that you will bring me the right person in time, but I cannot help but feel impatient. I pray that you will grant me the love that I so desperately seek and bless my future relationship. Amen.

8. As my children grow older, I know that I cannot be with them always. You know the pain of sending your child out into the world, so I know you understand the grief I feel. While I cannot be with my child always, I know that you can hear and see everything that they do. I pray that you protect my beloved children and guide them so that they can walk in your path for always.

9. All of your works speak of the love and mercy you bear for your children. Help me to practice that love in my everyday life. I know that I cannot ever love as fully or completely as you, but I pray that I can learn to be compassionate toward my fellow man. Help me to respond with love instead of anger and offer forgiveness instead of judgment. Amen.

10. The world is in a dreadful, divided state right now. We have forgotten your lessons of love, compassion and forgiveness. Help me to be a part of the solution instead of the problem. Even when people act with rage or anger, help me to forgive them and respond with love. I pray that you can guide me toward loving and serving you better on earth until I can be with you in your heavenly kingdom. Amen.

MARRY YOU BY BENJAMIN DODD

In entertainment news ,I present to you the recent dropped love song trending”MARRY YOU “Which I guess 50% of you haven’t heard yet.

Upcoming male rapper Benjamin Dodd is now shaking the cities of Ghana with his new hit song MARRY YOU featuring the Mike B . Also listen to his hit songs PUSH HARDER,KONKONSA too… There are a blast💥

Do you know what is so interesting about this particular song ?

He says its a love songs and was inspired by a lady he wish to marry in the Future .

If you haven’t got the chance to listen to this amazing piece of art yet, then you are missing out a great time my dear friend. This song is really loved by all music lovers .

Due to my love for you all ,I have attached the music link below exclusively for you. Download and listen to it and let me know your views in the comments section below. Don’t forget to tell a friend to tell a friend .If you want more update on the latest music ,and then stay tune for more exciting news in the world of entertainment.

Listen to Marry you(prod.by OBY.A BEATz by Ben Dodd(Borle) #np on #SoundCloud

Tour to the Eastern Region

If you are visiting the my lovely country Ghana, you are definitely going to want to visit the Eastern Region of my country Ghana. You’ll find that it is full of very polite and friendly people. Since I have been there with my colleagues I will tell you about it
Its about 45mins to 1hr drive from Accra. There are so many automobile forms of transport depending on your budget. You can always get these cars or buses at all the major lorry stations throughout Accra and the other regions. Just ask anybody on the street and you are good to go.

HISTORY OF EASTERN REGION

The Eastern Region of Ghana is a rich blend of dramatic landscapes, historic relics and traditional cultures. The ancient blends with the 20th century in this region so close to but such a contrast with Accra. The region is dominated by Lake Volta, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes, and the Akosombo Dam, source of much of Ghana’s hydroelectric power. Both are worth a visit. A favourite excursion is the weekend trip to Dodi Islands. Striking landscapes are overlooked by the Krobo Mountains and the Akwapim Ridge, and the countryside is great walking country.

The Eastern Region is famous for its large areas of lush tropical forest, and cascading waterfalls. Fishermen will enjoy great sport fishing for tilapia in Lake Volta. The Eastern Region contains Ghana’s only commercial diamond mine at Akwatia, while the birthplace of our great cocoa industry can be found at Mampong-Akwapim. For those with a particular interest, the Cocoa Research Institute at New Tafo, with its arboreta, welcomes visitors. The regional capital is Koforidua, a pleasant traditional town with agreeable hotels and a busy market. Traditional and historic villages and towns are part of the richness of the Eastern Region of Ghana. Visitors should take the opportunity of visiting the original Presbyterian school buildings in Akropong, and the house of Tetteh Quarshie in Mampong. Both these towns have many interesting historic buildings and districts. Many visitor’s introduction to the Eastern region is the botanical gardens at Aburi, which were opened in 1890, and have always been a favourite excursion from Accra. Also worth a visit is the forest of Atewa-Atwirebu, hundreds of birds and butterflies.

CAPITAL

The capital town of the eastern Region is Koforidua about 85km scarp from Accra.

ETHNIC GROUPS & LANGUAGE

The Eastern Region consists of the Akwapim, Akyem, Kwahu, Krobo and Guans and each ethnic group has its own distinct, language festival practices.

CLIMATE

Temperatures in the Region vary from 240c to about 280c with average rainfall between 1750mm in the low lying areas to about 1750mm per annum in the highland area of the Kwahu scarp.

NATURAL TOURISM RESERVES

Aburi Botanical Gardens

These century – old botanical gardens, about one hour’s drive from Accra offer a rich collection of tropical flora, which attracts scores of birds and butterflies. The tranquil paths are a popular excursion for our city dwellers. The Gardens were originally created in 1890 as an agricultural research station and a habitat for plants from around the world. Over the years the Botanical Gardens have collected together a variety of tropical flora which attracts scores of birds and butterflies. Situated in the town of Aburi, which is well-known for its health climate, the Gardens also have pleasant indoor-outdoor restaurants and facilities for staying overnight.

The Bunso Arboretum Forest Reserve
The Bunso Arboretum is a protected forest reserve, spanning 16.5 hectares. Half of this area is semi-deciduous forest while the other half is made up of indigenous trees, along with fruits, nuts and timber tree species which have been introduced to Ghana by the Plant Genetic Resources Centre of Bunso.

The Arboretum is home to over 110 species of birds, some of which are very rare. The protected Arboretum offers them a peaceful place to call home.

The herb garden which is located in the Arboretum contains 100 different species of herbs with a wide range of uses, from food to medicinal to aromatic.

Visitors can stroll through the many kilometres of nature trails in the arboretum. Guests can identify the local trees and plants along the way and learn about all the local uses for diverse tree and plant life in the arboretum. Trees and plants play a very big role in life in Ghana, both for food and medicinal purposes. Come see all the arboretum has to offer and learn why it is so important to conserve this precious resource

The Bunso Arboretum Butterfly Sanctuary
The Bunso Arboretum has a butterfly sanctuary within the 16.5 hectares. Visitors will see many different kinds of butterflies flying around the arboretum. Come and see if you can identify all of them!

Esen-epam forest reserve
The reserve is near the town of Asantemanso has the largest tree in West Africa, reported to be 107 metres high.

Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve
The Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve lies in the Ashanti Region of Ghana which falls in the forest zone. It boarders two traditional areas of the Region, the Kumawu and Kwamang traditional areas. The area stretches along the Afram Plains of Ghana, a wide expanse of flat arable land. The geographical location of the area places it in the transitional zone, separating the southern forest from the northern savanna regions.

The Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve is a natural preservation area set up to protect the ecology, check the downward drift of the savanna grassland and to promote scientific research, particularly on how nature revitalizes itself after major disasters. Historically, the area constitutes the site where the two traditional areas, Kumawu and Kwamang, by treaty joined forces to fight invading enemies in one of their last victorious tribal wars. The area therefore is held as a sacred place for both traditional areas and each lays claim to it. Economically, the area is very fertile and constitutes a break on the northern savanna. Besides, being part of the Afram Plains, it constitutes a major bread basket of the country, and forms a gate way to the larger plains.

The Big Tree
The “Big Tree”, which is one of the most attractive tourist spots in the country, is located in one of the district’s nine forest reserves, called the Esen Epan Forest Reserve, about 22 kilometres from Akim Oda on the Oda – Agona Swedru trunk road. The tree, believed to be the biggest in West Africa, is 12 metres in circumference and 66.5 metres tall.

Lake Volta
One of the largest man-made lakes in the world, the lake and the Akosombo dam are two of Ghana’s great achievements. The lake offers opportunities for cruising, especially to the Dodi islands.

WATERFALLS

The Tsenku Waterfall
The Tsenku Waterfall sits at the northern corner of the Dodowa Forest, taking its source from Obosmase (Akwapim ranges). This beautiful waterfall drops from a height of over 250 feet, running on stratified rocks into a pan of cool, clean and clear pool with thousands of tilapia.

The Tsenku stream is joined by two other streams “Sanyade” and Popotsi” before meandering into the sea.

Boti Falls

Spectacular, but seasonal, waterfalls in the forest reserve at huhunya. In the immediate vicinity are cascades, at their best in June to August.

The Waterfalls of Begoro
A series of falls and cascades surrounded by attractive woodlands and forest. Just the place for a picnic.

FESTIVALS CELEBRATED

Klovo Sikplemi Festival

Celebrated in Somanya during the period of November and its significance is paying of homage to ancestral home on the Krobo Mountains.
Communal labour, pilgrimage to the Krobo Mountains, Durbar.

It origin refers to the eviction of the Krobos from the Krobo mountains in 1892 by the then British colonial government.
The event is marked every year with an expedition to the top of the mountain to pay homage to their ancestral home.

The Krobo, made up of Yilo Krobo and Manya Krobo, form one large ethnic group among the Dangme people. The Yilo Krobos stay at Somanya and its suburbs and the Manya Krobo reside around Odumase..

Ngmayem Festival
This is the annual traditional harvest and thanksgiving festival of the Krobo people. The people of Manya and Yilo Krobo celebrate it in March-April.

Begoro Odwlra Festival (Ahwie Festival)

It is an occasion for dedicated worship of great titular gods and goddesses of the nation, the period for the cleansing of filth and purification of sacred stools, which are the symbol of togetherness of the people and also, the time to manifest allegiance to hallowed stool occupants. The ceremony marks the peak of a general sense of unity for strength, hard work for prosperity and above all, loyalty and service to the state.

Bobum or Dipo Festival
Dipo is celebrated in April by the people of Manya and Yilo Krobo in the towns of Krobo Odumase and Somanya, about 80 kilometres north of Accra. The mode of celebration is that, adolescent girls are adorned in beautiful beads and half-clothed. The festival initiates such girls into womanhood

Odwira Festival
Celebrated in Aburi, Akropong-Akwapim,Larteh, Amanorkrom, and Ahwerase in the period of September/October. It significance if the annual thanksgiving to God for his merciful care and protection; customary purification of the land and people by the chiefs and priests for the spiritual and social renewal to face the trials and triumphs of another year; Reaffirmation of loyalties within the traditional administrative set-up and patching up of misunderstandings among families; mourning of those who passed away in the year and feeding with the brave ancestors of Akwapem who are deemed to be present on such occasions; Promotion and presentation of cultural values.

The festival is mainly the dramatization of Akwapem sacred traditions, myths and olden day legends, handed down by the ancestors of the “Oman”. It involves the re-staging of some of the antiquated historical episodes like traditional military tactics. Other activities include path clearing to Amamprobi for ‘Safe’ travel home; lifting of forty days ban on noise making, state mourning for departed souls and feeding the ancestors at Nsorem. There is also a splendid cultural parade of chiefs and a Grand Durbar. A great deal of emphasis is laid on music, dancing and feasting.

The Akuapem Odwira festival was instituted by the 19th Omanhene of Akropong, Nana Addo Dankwa 1(1811-1835) and first celebrated in October 1826. This followed the capture of the artefacts (pertaining to the celebration of Odwira) by Akwapem forces from the hitherto invincible Ashanti army during the historic battle of Katamansu near Dodowa in 1826.

Ohum Festival
Celebrated in Akyem (Abuakwa Traditional area).
The festival is celebrated twice a year. These are known as OhumKan and OhumKyire and celebrated in June/July and September/ October respectively. Marking the anniversary of the Akyem Nation: worshipping of the ancestral stools and the spirits of those who formerly occupied them.

The celebration is also to mark the first harvest (yam) of the year and to ask for blessings for the coming year. The duration of the festival is 2 days (Tuesday – Wednesday). Two weeks before the festival, a ban in placed on drumming, dancing and noise making. Monday preceding the Tuesday, home the first harvest f the year and to have plenty of food in the house for the duration of the celebrations

Akwantukese Festival
The Chiefs and people of New Juaben Traditional Area celebrate this festival in the first week of November each year. It is a period of consecration of black stools,invocation of the blessing of ancestral spirits and show of appreciation to the gods for their guidance. A colourful durbar of chiefs is marked to climax the celebrations

HISTORICAL TOURIST ATTRACTION

Akonedi Shrine, Larteh
On the Akwapim ridge the fetish shrine is an important place of traditional healing and religious ceremonies.

Slave Market of Abonse
Traces of the 17th and 18th century slave market can still be seen in a town that was an important crossroads on the slave route.

Okomfo Anokye’s Shrine
60km from Koforidua, this important shrine is dedicated to the legendary priest credited with the founding of the Nsuate Empire

Tetteh Quarshie’s Cocoa Farm

The first cocoa farm established in the country from seed first brought from Fernando Po Island. From this small beginning grew our major cocoa industry.

Exciting Places to be in Greater Accra -Ghana.

I know most of us have heard of Accra and have even been there. There are countless places to have fun in Accra that people barely know about. Be among the few that have discovered these fun places to visit in Accra Ghana and forever create treasure points that you can share with friends and family every other time. Whether you are looking for fun places in East Legon or in Accra in general, you will not miss something that will pick your interest. There are many nice places to have fun in Accra and the good news is that you do not have to pay a lot of money . Once you have an idea of which fun places in Accra you can visit in your free time, then it becomes easy to maximize your time. Unfortunately there is never enough time to have real fun, yet the places to visit and sights to see are numerous. As such, having a checklist that you can cross once you are done with a place ensures that you visit the places you never want to miss fast. This way even if you run out of time to visit every pace you desired, you will have no regrets of having failed to visit those you considered most important to you. If you are looking for fun places to go in Accra then this blog will come in handy especially if you are the kind that has no idea where to begin.

The National Museum

This is located in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. It is the largest and oldest of the six museums under the administration of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB).So do not leave Accra without visiting the national museum more so if you are a history fanatic. Everything you need to learn about the Atlantic slave trade will be found in the history section of the museum. You get to check out the basics that have led to the existence of the modern day Ghana, also get to learn more about what matters to the Ghanaian people traditionally top on the list being the Kente wear as well as the royal Ashanti stools. Get to interact with paintings, tools and musical instruments that are unique to Ghana only. For a small amount of 5US dollars an adult you get to enjoy the richness of the museum from when it opens at 9 am to 4.30 pm.

Labadi beach
It is one of Accra‘s beautiful beaches and is maintained by the local hotels. Labadi Beach is near Teshie in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. An entrance fee to those not staying the hotels is charged. On holidays and weekends there are often performances of reggae, hiplife, Playback, and cultural drumming and dancing. As of now, the beach is still under intense scrutiny from the community to alleviate the ongoing issue of open defecation present on the beach. Proposals to build additional designated sanitation facilities to accommodate the issue have been brought to the attention of the local council, and hotels near the beach. This is a great destination for anyone looking for an outdoor experience in one of the most popular beaches in Accra. It is the perfect place to grab late lunch and watch people engage in a number of activities including horseback riding, young boys dancing and acrobatics. It’s a great recommendation for any tired person that wants to recollect before taking up any serious task. A few hours at the beach is enough to get you into a super mood.

Fantasy Coffin Shop
The fantasy or figurative coffin’s from Ghana, in Europe also called custom, fantastic, or proverbial coffins (abebuu adekai), are functional coffins made by specialized carpenters in the Greater Accra Region in Ghana. These colourful objects which have developed out of the figurative palanquins are not only coffins, but considered real works of art, were shown for the first time to a wider Western public in the exhibition Les Magiciens de la terre at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris in 1989. The seven coffins which were exposed in Paris were done by Kane Kwei (1922–1992) and by his former assistant Paa Joe (b.1947). Since then, these art coffins of Kane Kwei, his grandson Eric Adjetey Anang, Paa Joe, Daniel Mensah(Hello), Kudjoe Affutu and other artists have been displayed in many international art museums and galleries around the world. These shops are spread all over Accra. They specialize in making coffins that match the occupation or the favorite activity of the dead individual. They come in all shapes and types including beer bottles for persons that enjoyed their drink a bit too much, tuna fish for fishermen and different vegetables for farmers. You can pay the carpenter a few coins to have a look around. While the list above shows you the fun hangouts in Accra especially if you are looking for fun things to do in Ghana during the day, there is the night life that needs to be catered for. You may not always be too tired to spend all your nights in Accra indoors. In the days that you feel like having an active night then the following joints will make for a perfect nightlife in Accra, at least for the duration that you stay.

Artist alliance gallery
Don’t miss this wonderful amalgamation of artistic diversity! Displaying everything from traditional to contemporary art, artists and artifacts, the place feels more like a museum/cultural center than retail gallery. I found myself here on multiple occasions during my visit.Outstanding! This will make the art lovers tick as they take in and enjoy the exceptional work of the artists here. The variety is breathtakingly beautiful with artwork made from metal, wood and cloth all displayed. If you have been wondering where to get all great artists work then this three story find is perfect. All Ghanaian artists worth their salt are displayed at Arts alliance gallery, thanks to Ablade Glover who is one of the greatest artists in Ghana. If you want to bring an art piece with you ask for shipping arrangements and get it conveniently delivered to you.

Makola market

This is a renowned market place and shopping district in the centre of the city of Accra, the capital of Ghana. A wide array of products is sold in the markets and its surrounding streets, from car parts to land snails. Dominated by women traders, the market sells fresh produce, manufactured and imported foods, clothes, shoes, tools, medicines, and pots and pans. Jewellery made from locally handcrafted beads can also be found for sale in the market.This fantastic hectic market is a perfect destination for anyone looking to get a complete representation of Ghana in one place. Everything and more of what you can envision for sell is found at Makola market. Be careful though what you bring to this market because of its overcrowded nature. Leave your expensive cameras and phones behind but bring some money to spend as you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to buy.

Oxford street
You can’t miss Osu Oxford Street, Accra’s most popular business street offers superior shopping experience thanks to its exciting mix of business and social life. Night life is dazzling and shopping experiences amazing. Shoprite, Africa’s largest food retailer is located right at the heart of Osu Oxford Street. If you are looking for a place where it is all happening then consider Oxford Street located in the upmarket region of Osu market. If you are looking for a place to get some of the best restaurants, shops and bars in Accra then this is the street to be at. Apart from the fake imitations old at some of the shops you should be ready to deal with the traffic scenario. Pop into Frankie’s whenever your stomach begins to rumble. Get a quick but delicious fix before moving on. Do not leave before visiting Woodin where you will find some of the best fabric. If you want a souvenir then there is no better place to collect a few than at Global mamas at the same trip. If you are more of a night person then visit Citizen Kofi for your evening dance or great movies. You could also snack at Bella Roma as you grab a snack after 10pm. Bottom line is that you can never go wrong with Oxford Street.

James Town
Located directly east of the Korle Lagoon, Jamestown and Usshertown are the oldest districts in the city of Accra, Ghana and emerged as communities around the 17th century British James Fort and Ussher Fort on the Gulf of Guinea coast. These districts were heavily developed by the end of the 19th century, and following the rapid growth of the city during the 20th century, they became areas of a dense mixture of commercial and residential use. This area shows you the other side of Accra that you may not see the first time you set foot in the city. You may want to get a tour guide or a local to explain the deep history in the old buildings left by the British and Portuguese. Although the neighborhood appears ramshackle and poverty stricken, the buildings are in themselves a rich description of the deep history that Ghana has had. The town is one of the most community focused set up areas in Accra as chicken and kids can be seen running around.

Kona café and Grill
Kona Café & Grill is a splendid little place subtly set back from bustling Oxford Street. The décor could be described as ‘junk shop chic’ – think pallets, tables and chairs – and the vibe is relaxed. There’s a rooftop bar too, where you can sip your cocktails and watch the crowd below get bigger and louder – partly, we’d imagine, thanks to the abundant local liquor such as pito and palm wine. This is the first place you visit when you want to toast over a local drink. Enjoy asana or palm wine from caramelized corn. You can sit on the wooden pallet furniture in the garden area or hang out on the first floor bar. This joint offers a perfect hangout for anyone look for a place to relax after sunset. The serene environment turns once darkness comes as young Ghanaians throng the place to enjoy great music.

Plotseven

Plot 7 (Seven) Club in Osu provides a vibrant and swanky venue that attracts a great mix of ‘ today people’ or in today’s language hipset. With its cool modern decor, amazing cocktails, excellent DJ’s. Some would say all n all its a great swinging place and should be considered as terrific hangout to visit whilst in Accra. If you have your dancing feet and shoes on and you happen to drop by on a Friday you can enjoy Kizalsa every Friday from 7pm. Described as the quintessential nightspot, fashioned by Dimora, fuses the appeal of an ultra exclusive lounge and a high-energy nightclub. With a large square feet of striking architectural design and lavish decor. Plot Seven sets the stage for the ultimate nightlife experience. A voyeuristic design throughout the nightclub gives guests a bird’s eye view of Accra’s crowd. Plot Seven features a variety. This will be perfect for anyone seeking to experience a little bit of Europe in the heart of Accra. Its high ceilings makes the place resemble an old factory which is contrary to its real status. It is one of the latest and most exclusive clubs and lounges in Accra. It is owned by Italians who intend to bring a touch of Europe to Accra. Its lighting is exquisite and its interiors are incomparable.

Republic Bar &Grill

This offers you a great street vibe especially if you are young. Remember that the bar’s activities are organized in such a way that you won’t be sitting down for so long. From excellent Djs, live gigs and karaoke sessions, you barely have time to relax. If you are the kind that wants a full night then this is your kind of place. It is one of the fun places to go in Accra Ghana at night. You will never regret your decision. Inasmuch as you know where to go during the day and at night, eating is a crucial part of your experience in Accra. You may want to sample excellent cuisines both local and exotic. This will be determined by the restaurant you visit. Here are some of the coolest places to visit especially after a long and tiring Accra sightseeing mission of the day.

Rock stone’s office

This bar is owned by ‘Godfather of Hiplife’ Reggie Rockstone. Reggie has succeeded in creating a kind of hip hop casual environment, so alongside the white leather sofas and bum-grinding beautiful people there’s a relaxed outside terrace and an easy-come dress code. There’s often live music on Wednesdays and it occasionally hosts the Bless the Mic collective (Facebook page). But it’s at weekends when things really get going, with booming hiplife carryingthe crowd through to 6am. His GrandPapazz is next door – a VIP only area. But most people will end up on the terrace at some point.

Places to eat in Accra

Knowing where to eat is a crucial part of this decision after your long spree of doing rounds in all the fun spots in Accra Ghana.Here are a few places to start with when you need to break for a snack or settle down for a good around meal. .

Gold coast

This would be a great spot for diner because of their great meals. What’s more you get to listen to live music as you enjoy a favorite meal or drink. In case you have friends or family with you consider taking them to Gold coast. You will definitely appreciate their African brunch or buffet.

Tea Baa

This is one of the paces in Accra that you will appreciate for many things. Apart from serving extremely delicious tea and great food, the staff is friendly and the small space means that you can afford to have a little privacy.

Skybar

Don’t worry when you are asked if you are a guest at the skybar. Nod confidently that you are on the guest list and proceed to the 25th floor for a bar experience that is totally worth it. In case you do not want to pay for parking remember to say that you are am/pm bar where free parking is off

Urban Grill

Urban grill’ is another perfect place to heck out but you must be prepared for the very expensive prices. After all, the excellent service almost makes the prices worth every penny.

Chez Clarrise

If you have found this eatery then you can agree that you have spotted for yourself a gem. Let the shabby look of the restaurant’s exterior not fool you. This restaurant is located in the streets of Osu. Any shortcomings are compensated for once you get in. The service is quick, attentive and excellent not to mention their great food. You must not leave Accra before visiting this restaurant, it is worth every pain especially because of the relaxed atmosphere that almost makes you feel you are home.

Café Kwae

His is an excellent joint just near the airport. Apart from its fancy interior design and excellent food presentation, they actually have some healthy choices of food such as gluten free bread and a variety of vegan servings. If you are looking for a nice joint to work from as you take coffee then this is it.

Coco lounge

If you are mindful about the interior f where you will be having your meals then this place will become a favorite n no time. This coupled with the okay food and drinks makes it a comfortable joint to hang out. Unfortunately, if you want a serene environment to enjoy your meals then the birthday interruptions may not be a great idea for you.

Difference between love and lust

Welcome back from the celebrating BAKATUE FESTIVAL hope you enjoyed yourselves? Today am writing about one disturbing issue that is what’s love and lust ? I myself have been a victim Growing up, I didn’t have it easy, especially when it came to love, I used to confuse love with lust. I thought the guys that I gave genuine clean hearted loved to love me the same but it was just lust, One after the other. “Until I found myself in God and understood myself and how the world really works. You see everything happens for a reason. Every pain you suffer, it’s for a reason to strengthen you psychologically spiritually and emotionally”. obsessive need to find an “instant love” can often lead some people to confuse their feelings of lust with feelings of love. And that’s where a lot of the problem lies. And it doesn’t help that the word “love” is so liberally used in today’s context that it’s starting to lose its real meaning. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that in such a fast spaced world we live in today, instant gratification is the number one priority on peoples’ minds. The obsessive need to find an “instant love” can often lead some people to confuse their feelings of lust with feelings of love. And that’s where a lot of the problem lies. And it doesn’t help that the word “love” is so liberally used in today’s context that it’s starting to lose its real meaning. Just because you have taken an intense liking in someone or something doesn’t automatically mean that you’re in love. You LIKE the taste of that food you ate last night; you don’t love it. You LIKE that random song you heard on the radio; you don’t love it. You LIKE the girl that you met in the club last night; you don’t love her. You LIKE the guy you met at the mall, church or beach . You don’t LOVE him.

Well… at least not yet. It can be really hard to explain the nuances of love and lust in very simplistic terms – but that’s exactly what am going to try to do. In its simplest form, lust is purely fueled by mere physical attraction and stimulation. For instance, a guy might see a girl with a very toned buttock and he immediately feels immense feelings of attraction towards her. Or maybe a girl could be looking deep into a handsome man’s blue eyes and feel completely enamored by him. That’s what lust is in a nutshell – but it’s not the whole story. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that lust is all about wanting to have sex with someone. But that isn’t the case. You can lust for people and things without even having to think about sex as a predetermined outcome of that lust for example, you can lust after a person’s money. You can lust after a particular lifestyle. You can lust after someone’s social status. Lust isn’t necessarily something that makes you sexual. So in a deeper sense, lust is about wanting something that you want purely for yourself; something that you don’t necessarily want to share with another person. In other words, lust is always going to be selfish; it’s about fulfilling your selfish desires. But here comes the loaded question: what is love exactly?

Well, it’s the complete opposite of lust in the sense that it’s not selfish ,rude,at all in fact, love is completely selfless. It’s about being able to see that there is something greater than the self; a shared experience and bond between two very flawed people. Love is the immense connection that is formed when you feel a certain kind of chemistry with another person. Yes, you can still have all of those feelings that come attached with lust as well: physical attraction, desire, and whatnot. But ultimately, love is about being able to put the needs of a relationship above the needs of the self. When you’re just lusting after someone, you don’t really care much about wanting to meet that person’s needs and expectations.
But when you’re in love about someone, you’re going to end up putting that person’s needs over your own. And you’re always thinking about how you can make this shared experience better for the person that you’re sharing it with. You lose all track of your personal desires because you’re too caught up trying to meet the needs of the person you’re in love with. Love in itself is a very selfless act even though it’s a feeling that you have within the self. And while all of that can sound really corny and cheesy to you, it’s the truth. And you might still have difficulty grasping the difference between the two concepts, and that’s fine. Sometimes, you really need to live through something in order for you to really understand and appreciate it. And that’s especially true with love. Even those who have experienced love in the past will have difficulty articulating that experience in the form of words. At the end of the day, it’s all about self-discovery. You have to be able to define what love and lust mean to you as an individual; and it’s important that you are able to find meaning in the proper context. And a lot of times, in order for you to discover the true meaning of love; you’re going to have to go through that journey with another human being. And hopefully, that’s a journey that’s going to last you for a lifetime. You always read the Bible for more about love

1corinthians 13:1-13

Difference between love and lust

Hello it’s yet another week and am glad to bring to your door step some lifestyle news .Today’s blog is about love and lust which I will use myself as an example. Growing up, I didn’t have it easy, especially when it came to love, I used to confuse love with lust. I thought the guys that I gave genuine clean hearted loved to love me the same but it was just lust, One after the other. “Until I found myself in God and understood myself and how the world really works. You see everything happens for a reason. Every pain you suffer, it’s for a reason to strengthen you psychologically spiritually and emotionally”.
It is just so surprising how people don’t seem to care about the many differences between what it means to love someone and what it means to lust after someone. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that in such a fast spaced world we live in today, instant gratification is the number one priority on peoples’ minds. The obsessive need to find an “instant love” can often lead some people to confuse their feelings of lust with feelings of love. And that’s where a lot of the problem lies. And it doesn’t help that the word “love” is so liberally used in today’s context that it’s starting to lose its real meaning. Just because you have taken an intense liking in someone or something doesn’t automatically mean that you’re in love. You LIKE the taste of that food you ate last night; you don’t love it. You LIKE that random song you heard on the radio; you don’t love it. You LIKE the girl that you met in the club last night; you don’t love her. You LIKE the guy you met at the mall, church or beach . You don’t LOVE him.

Well… at least not yet. It can be really hard to explain the nuances of love and lust in very simplistic terms – but that’s exactly what am going to try to do. In its simplest form, lust is purely fueled by mere physical attraction and stimulation. For instance, a guy might see a girl with a very toned buttock and he immediately feels immense feelings of attraction towards her. Or maybe a girl could be looking deep into a handsome man’s blue eyes and feel completely enamored by him. That’s what lust is in a nutshell – but it’s not the whole story. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that lust is all about wanting to have sex with someone. But that isn’t the case. You can lust for people and things without even having to think about sex as a predetermined outcome of that lust for example, you can lust after a person’s money. You can lust after a particular lifestyle. You can lust after someone’s social status. Lust isn’t necessarily something that makes you sexual. So in a deeper sense, lust is about wanting something that you want purely for yourself; something that you don’t necessarily want to share with another person. In other words, lust is always going to be selfish; it’s about fulfilling your selfish desires. But here comes the loaded question: what is love exactly?

Well, it’s the complete opposite of lust in the sense that it’s not selfish ,rude,at all in fact, love is completely selfless. It’s about being able to see that there is something greater than the self; a shared experience and bond between two very flawed people. Love is the immense connection that is formed when you feel a certain kind of chemistry with another person. Yes, you can still have all of those feelings that come attached with lust as well: physical attraction, desire, and whatnot. But ultimately, love is about being able to put the needs of a relationship above the needs of the self. When you’re just lusting after someone, you don’t really care much about wanting to meet that person’s needs and expectations.
But when you’re in love about someone, you’re going to end up putting that person’s needs over your own. And you’re always thinking about how you can make this shared experience better for the person that you’re sharing it with. You lose all track of your personal desires because you’re too caught up trying to meet the needs of the person you’re in love with. Love in itself is a very selfless act even though it’s a feeling that you have within the self. And while all of that can sound really corny and cheesy to you, it’s the truth. And you might still have difficulty grasping the difference between the two concepts, and that’s fine. Sometimes, you really need to live through something in order for you to really understand and appreciate it. And that’s especially true with love. Even those who have experienced love in the past will have difficulty articulating that experience in the form of words. At the end of the day, it’s all about self-discovery. You have to be able to define what love and lust mean to you as an individual; and it’s important that you are able to find meaning in the proper context. And a lot of times, in order for you to discover the true meaning of love; you’re going to have to go through that journey with another human being. And hopefully, that’s a journey that’s going to last you for a lifetime. You always read the Bible for more about love

1corinthians 13:1-13

Festivals in Ghana

Festivals in Ghana are celebrated for many reasons pertaining to a particular tribe or culture, usually having backgrounds relating to an occurrence in the history of that culture. Examples of such occurrences have been hunger, migration, purification of either gods or stools, etc.

Ghanaian festivals are a colourful and vibrant part of the culture. Each year festivals and durbars are held in various parts of the country to celebrate the heritage of the people.
Throughout the year festivals and durbars are held in various parts of the country for reunion, development purposes and to strengthen beliefs of society. Most people believe that festivals help them forge close bondage with their ancestors and ask for their protection. Festivals are also held in order to purify the whole state so that people can enter the New Year with confidence and hope.

Importance of Festivals

The importance of each festival’s celebration includes:

  • Planning developmental project. The festival is used as an occasions to meet and plan developmental projects in the area since most citizens are likely to attend.
  • Purification of gods. The period is used to clean ancestral stools and perform important rites.
  • Thanksgiving. The festival is used to thank the supreme God and the lesser gods for the guidance and protection
  • National and political significance. Prominent people in the government are invited to explain government policies and programmes.
  • Dispute resolution. The occasion is used to settle family and individual disputes for peaceful co-existence.
  • To promote tourism. Some festivals celebrated in Ghana attract many foreign tourists to the country. An example is the Aboakyir festival. Tourism is the third foreign-exchange earner for Ghana.
  • To preserve and maintain cultural and traditional heritage.

Festivals are very important in terms of: history religious, social, economic, cultural, moral and political

Historically
It makes the people know more about their history. For instance, the Nyidwoo festival of the people of Esumegya makes the people and for that matter Asantes it know more about their origin.

Also, the Homowo Festival reminds the people of Ga-Adangme to know much about how they have come out of hunger by settling at their present day area. It makes the people recollect the noble past of their ancestors, and to express their gratitude to them.

Religiously
The people believe in the existence of the ancestral spirit, hence they ask for forgiveness of offence committed, petition the supernatural powers for material prosperity, peace and long life. There is continuity between the dead and the living.

Socially
It serves as reunion of family members, relatives and love ones. At this time, quarrels and misunderstandings are settled.
It provides a forum where marriages among people within a particular geographical area can be transacted.

The youth at this stage get the chance of arranging marriages, (to court). Besides, the period is characterised by merrymaking and entertainments.

Economically
It brings most of the citizens together. This helps them to initiate development projects and to contribute financially towards these projects. Visitors who also come to witness the festival contribute economically to the locality.

Politically
It gives the people chance to asses the efficiency of their chiefs. Most citizens who left the town for so long a time return to see whether the traditional ruler (the chief) had implemented development projects agreed upon.

Homage is paid to the chiefs. Sub-chiefs also renew their allegiance to their immediate boss. For example, local chiefs to paramount chief (Omanhene) and in Asante Omanhene to the Asantehene.

Government ministers even take advantage of the festival which has brought a lot of people (Citizens) together to announce development projects, government policies to the people and to educate them on important issues affecting the locality, town or an area.

Culturally
The rich cultural heritage of the people are usually being manifested during festivals.

With the people of Asante chiefs, they may be decorated in the traditional Kente cloth gold ornaments and carried in a palanquin especially the Asantehene or the paramount chief (omanhene).

Ghanaian hospitality can also be seen in this regard. The ways the people speak and relate to others portray their culture of friendliness.

Morally
It strengthens all to play their roles as good citizens. It provides a forum where the chief must be more effective, morally upright, and
Accountable to the people. For instance, the Apoo festival celebrated by the chiefs and people of Techiman traditional area gives the people chance to talk about the inefficiencies of the chief as well as his ill doings.

Now let’s take a look at the festival celebrated in Ghana one by one according to their months of celebration. Now that we are in July let’s look at the festival that is coming up.

Firstly let’s talk about BAKATUE FESTIVAL

Which is Literally translated to mean “opening up of the Benya Lagoon into the sea”, Bakatue symbolizes the beginning of a fishing season, which is the main livelihood of the people of Elmina. It is celebrated annually in Elmina on the first Tuesday in July and originated centuries ago, long before the arrival of the Europeans. The splendid ceremonies include a durbar of chiefs, a colouful regatta of canoes on the Benya Lagoon and processions. A solemn “net casting” ceremony symbolizes the beginning of a new fishing season, and the catch is offered to the deities of the traditional area.

Bakatue is the major festival of the chiefs and people of Edina (Elmina) Traditional area, a geographical stool land more appropriately referred to as “EDINAMAN”. This year’s Bakatue fell on Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018. As part of the festival, a National Regatta was held with six (6) groups of fishing communities competing amongst themselves. Special prizes will be presented to the winners and runners-up for the event on Saturday, 7th July at a Grand Durbar of chiefs and people of Elmina at the forecourt of the Elmina Castle.

The Chief of Staff, Hon. Frema Osei Opare, was the Special Guest of Honour for the Bakatue Festival (National Regatta) on Tuesday, 3rd July, amongst other dignitaries which include government functionaries.. Togbe Afede XIV, President of the National House of Chiefs and the Paramount Chief of Asogli State is the Special Guest of Honour for the Grand Durbar of the chiefs and people to be held on Saturday, 7th July at the forecourt of the Elmina Castle. The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku, is the Guest of Honour for both the Bakatue and the Durbar of Chiefs.

Activities lined up for the celebration include Procession of the Omanhen and other chiefs to the river embankment for final rituals; Variety display on the Benya Lagoon; Benya lagoon rituals: casting of Omanhen’s net; Firing of gun to lift the ban on drumming and fishing; Procession of Nananom to Ahenfie amidst drumming and dancing; Soccer Gala; National Regatta; Clean up Exercise; Beach Carnival; Display of made in Ghana products for sale to tourists and the general public.

Bakatue falls on the first Tuesday of July (the month of Ayewoho) each year. It is celebrated in honour of the founder (Akwaa Amankwah) of the central town, Elmina, the headquarters of the Edina Traditional Area.

The mystical significance of the festival is that it invokes fertility, abundance of food and fish as well as good health, happy marriages and worthy children. The festival also brings the sons and daughters of Edina together in a very unique way as it has a sacred upliftment of hearts. In addition, it calls for peace and unity among the inhabitants of Elmina and peaceful co-existence between Elmina Township and its satellite traditional allegiance settlements. The ritual of Bakatue is centred on the shrine, fetish priests and the Omanhen and his elders up to the Iibation on the lagoon embankment.You are invited to take part in the merry-making.