Kwame Nkrumah was Ghana’s first president, revolutionary and pan Africanist. He led Ghana formerly called Gold Coast to Independence from Britain and for obvious reasons, his legacy still lives on. A Park, Mausoleum and Museum have been constructed to show the life and times of this leader.
The Kwame Nkrumah park is located in the city center, walking distance from the Art and Craft Center and open to the public. The entry price list is as in the photo below and as usual, I paid the Ghanaian fee and waltzed in. No way I was paying 200 GHC just for my camera so I utilized my phone effectively.
There is not much going on in the park and the main attraction is the Kwame Nkrumah Museum. There was no one on hand to give us a tour of the park so we pretty much helped ourselves out. This was most likely because we were there just few minutes before the closing hour.
The museum houses a curious collection of Nkrumah’s personal belongings, including the smock he wore while declaring Ghana’s independence, as well as copies of personal correspondence and numerous photos of him and various world leaders. It read quite a bit about him, his family, works and how he led Ghana to her independence.
He was the sole leader of his country and made a lot of good political reforms, however, times under him as he gradually changed into an authoritarian and started imposing his whims and fancies on the people of Ghana. He was overthrown in a military coup, which led him to live in exile in Guinea until his death. Despite a tragic end to his influence in Ghana, his contribution in making the foundation of the country is incomparable thus his legacy lives on. Although buried in Guinea where he was co-president. His remains have been brought into Ghana and rests at the Mausoleum also at the park.