AS WE MARK WORLD HERITAGE DAY, WE SHARE WITH YOU A BRIEF PROFILE OF THE HERITAGE SITES AND TOURISM IN THE GA EAST MUNICIPALITY

Tourism, culture and hospitality are essential complement of the holistic development and sustenance of the people and communities in the Ga East Municipality.

The unique Abokobi, historic Sesemi, Kponkpo and Dakobi will provide you an unforgettable experience about slavery in Ghana.

This makes Ga East Municipality the hub of tourism in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

The Municipality can boast of rich cultural heritage and tourism.

The slave fort at Sesemi, the Frederiksgave Slave Plantation, which was among 15 established by the Danes during the slavery era in Ghana, out of which 8 are located within our municipality.

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The slave route to the Christianburg Castle at Osu passed through Abokobi, the municipal capital which is a historical site itself from the foot of the Akuapem Range through Kponkpo where remnants of some of the Tamarind Trees can be found with the others located at the Legon Hills and behind the European Cemetery at Abokobi.

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The Tamarind Trees, imported from India, were planted along the slave route from the Christianburg Castle on the coast to Bibiase Plantation to follow an existing slave road and also provide shade for the slave masters.

The Dakobi River, in which the slaves were bathed before onward transfer the Christianburg Castle is also located within Ga East at Kponkpo at the foothills of the Southern Akuapem Mountains.

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Abokobi, the “Vatican City of Ghana” as posited by the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. John Kwao Sackey, is unique among its peers in Africa and perhaps the whole world.

The community, which shares a common heritage with Osu, was founded by the Presbyterian Church and it is the church which installs the chief. The chieftaincy of Abokobi has no lineage and the Chief does not pour libation. It was the place where the Bible was first translated into Ga in Ghana by Zimmerman. Abokobi has a tri-government structure; political, religious and traditional, therefore, making it fitting to be described as the “Vatican City”.

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These and many more cultural and tourism facts abound in this municipality.

Come, let’s learn, enjoy and celebrate our culture, our heritage and our tourism for development.

Ga East Municipal Assembly

“Ekome Feemo Ke Noyaa”

“Together We Develop”

By: Okunyin Boaz Orlan-Hackman

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