New York Times names Accra 4th of 46 best places in the world to visit in 2013

The Independence Arch of Ghana. Photo: wikiCommons

OK, there is no way I am going to let this slip by unnoticed by the world, especially by fellow believers in #TheAfricanDream and kinsmen from my native Ghana… So on January 11, 2013 The New York Times in the USA published its list of 46 best places to visit on earth in their travel section and yes, Ghana came in fourth.

The Brazilian Eastern State of Rio de Janeiro topped the list with the Mediterranean town of Marseille claiming the number two spot closely followed by the largest country in Cenrtal America resting at number four — Nicaragua.

Did I say Ghana came in at number four? Well Accra, the capital of Ghana, has welcomed business travelers for years. Now tourists are streaming in, a byproduct of the fact that the country has Africa’s fastest-growing economy and is also one of its safest destinations.

The Movenpick Ambassador Hotel (with poolside bar and waiters on roller skates) opened in 2011, and the Marriott Accra — the chain’s first sub-Saharan offering — will feature a casino and upscale shopping when it opens in the spring’ writes the New York Times.

1989 Soviet stamp celebrate Nkrumah at 80

‘On Accra’s packed beaches, you’ll see everything from snake handlers to plantain peddlers. Head to the upscale neighborhood of Osu and hit the treehouse-inspired terrace at Buka for fine West African food. The best Ghanaian adventures start with a giant plate of tomato-smothered tilapia and banku — a fermented yeast paste that is tastier than it sounds — washed down with local Star beer’ as explained by Karen Leigh of The NY Times.Up until the 6th of March 1957 (Ghana’s independence day) the country of Ghana was called The Gold Coast and you can find out more about Ghana pertaining to travel here. Ghana is a West African nation with a southern coastline that borders on the Atlantic Ocean. It has a population of about 21 million people. The capital city is Accra — the official language is English.

This blog wouldn’t be complete if I do not mention Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president who led the former Gold Coast to independence from British colonial rule in 1957. Prior to independence, The Gold Coast was a former slave trade hub that became a British colony in 1874. Ghana is the first British colony to become independent.

If you’re my wife and you’re reading this then you know where I’ll be taking you very soon in my bid to escape the winters of Northern America, and in order for me to not be too biased, I’ll let you read for yourself about the remaining other countries that made New York Times list of 46 best places to travel to in the year 2013 right here.

The Next time you hear Akwaaba, Fufu, Banku, Accra, Kente, Akosombo, The Gold Coast, Kumasi, Pesewa, Elmina Castle, Cape Coast, Kakum Park, Mole Park, The Village on Stilts of Nzulezu, Ashanti Gold Fields, Amedzofe, Yaa Asantewa; Queen Mother of Ejisu, Akosombo Dam, Bolgatanga Museum among many exciting including Ghana’s first president Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, then you know you have Ghana on your mind as the struggle to realize #TheAfricanDream continues!

If you have no knowledge of these places then consult Google, else take a trip to Ghana, I advice.

Written by Oral Ofori, some credits to The New York Times

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