“In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat; there is the only movement.”
― Paulo Coelho,
Accra is the capital city of Ghana with a population approaching three million. It is also the capital of the Greater Accra Region and of the Accra Metropolis District. Accra has since transitioned into a modern metropolis; the city’s architecture reflects this history, ranging from 19th-century architecture buildings to modern skyscrapers and apartment blocks.
The city serves as the Greater Accra Region’s economic and administrative hub. It is furthermore a center of a wide range of nightclubs, restaurants, and hotels. Since the early 1990s, a number of new buildings have been built.
Economic activities in the city include the financial and commercial sectors, fishing, and the manufacture of processed food, lumber, plywood, textiles, clothing, and chemicals. Tourism is soon becoming a thriving business for arts and crafts, history sites and local travel & tour agents.
History of Accra
Founded in the 17th century by the Ga people, The Danes and the Dutch left the region in 1850 and 1872, respectively, and in 1877 it became the capital of the British Gold Coast colony. In 1898 a municipal council was formed to improve the town. By the 1930s this city was systematically laid out. The modern city is centered on the original British, Danish, and Dutch forts and their surrounding communities.
Accra is the administrative, economic, and educational center of Ghana. The city contains the head offices of all of the large banks and trading firms, the insurance agencies, the electricity corporation and the general post office.
The city is also a transportation hub, home to the Kotoka International Airport, and railway links to Tema, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Kumasi. It has become a location for national and international business conferences, such as the BarCamp Ghana series, organized by GhanaThink Foundation.
It is the preferred tourist destination in West Africa, as the notoriety of the region soars, the hotels in the city are evolving to cater for the upsurge in hotel reservations. It is the Greater Accra region’s tourist hub, sporting a wide variety of hotels, monuments, museums and nightclubs. The city has three five-star hotels: the Labadi Beach Hotel, the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel and the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel.
Top Attractions in Accra
- ANO center of cultural research
- Bojo Beach
- Goethe Institute
- Independence Square
- Labadi Beach
- Makola Market
- National Museum