Sarkodie named as Ambassador for the ‘Year of Return’

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Sarkodie made history earlier this month when he was the first to be awarded in the category of Best International Flow at the BET Hip Hop Awards. In his acceptance speech, he mentioned that this year is the ‘year of return’ and he encouraged the audience to choose Ghana as a destination if they are coming to Africa.


On 30th October 2019, at the Creative Arts Industry Forum at the National Theatre, Sarkodie was named an Ambassador for the ‘Year of Return’ and was given the honour by Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.  He also received a citation for all his achievements in the music industry and his great contribution to Ghana’s creative arts.  

Sarkodie exemplifies what it means to stay true to your culture and share it with the world.  Throughout his career, he has heard people suggest he limit the use of local language in order to crossover in the international market.  In sticking to his vision, he not only exposed the world to one of Ghana’s languages through his music, but he also proved that a Ghanaian can be successful on a global level while holding onto their language and culture.

The Year of Return marks 400 years since the first documented ship of enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia, USA on August 20, 1619.  Ghana is commemorating the year and celebrating the resilience of people of African descent. In doing so, the initiative encourages people of African descent to visit Ghana and explore the history, heritage and culture.

Asantehene and King Agorkorli to grace 2019 Hogbetsotsoza

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The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the Ewefiaga, Torgbi Agorkoli IV from Notsie in the Republic of Togo, will grace this year’s Hogbetsotsoza on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

The Asantehene is the guest speaker with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the special guest of honour.

Also in attendance will be Agbogbomefia Togbe Afede XIV, who is also President of National House of Chiefs, also as a guest of honour.

Agbotadua Boni, Special Aide to the Awoamefia Torgbui Sri III told the Ghana News Agency that all chiefs and people of the 36 states of Anlo were ready for the historic celebration of the festival.

He said the presence of the Asantehene would rekindle the age-long relationship between the Anlos and Asantes.

Agbotadua Boni said other distinguished chiefs and personalities would be partaking in Saturday’s event to make good the theme for this year’s celebration, “Uniting Anlo through its Values for the Benefits of its Citizens and the Nation at Large”.

Hogbetsotsoza also Known as Hogbeza is celebrated by the Anlo Ewes in the Volta Region to commemorate the legendary exodus of the Ewe-Dogbo folks from Notsie in present day Togo.

It is celebrated every first Saturday in November at the traditional capital of the Anlo State, Anloga, with a number of activities and ceremonies including reconciliation, cleansing, enactment of the departure/ escape, mini Hogbe and mini durbar of schools preceding the main durbar.


Why you should join the Emancipation celebration

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Emancipation Day Celebration is a national and an annual event observed to commemorate the resistance and liberation of African people in the Diaspora against enslavement and violation of their human rights.

The Emancipation Day Celebration which originated in the Caribbean has been celebrated since 1834 when chattel slavery was finally abolished in the Caribbean.

The event has been on Ghana’s tourism calendar of event since 1998. Ghana became the first African Country to re-affirm its status as the gateway to the homeland of Africans in the Diaspora.

Emancipation Day more consciously serves to create and develop a unique sense of unity, cooperation and understanding amongst Africans the world over as well as all peoples of conscience. Emancipation is not only freedom to the enslaved, but also the enslaver.

No nation can claim to be free if its existence is based on the enslavement of its people or another race. The entire world is fully aware of the long existence of Chattel Slavery and its impact on man.

The recognition of August 1st is not meant to merely serve as a remembrance of the abolition of Chattel Slavery. It is of utmost importance that we understand that never again must the African or any other race be reduced to the level of chattel to be less human. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Emancipation Day thus represents that vigilance which all peoples of conscience should celebrate.

Slavery of various forms has been known in human society for a long time. But the kind of slavery under which the victims were regarded as properly without rights, in which legally they had no personality, completely at the disposal of their owners, has come to be known as the Chattel Slavery. Such was the nature of the slavery that dominated the New World Societies, particularly from the seventeenth century onwards.

At this same time slavery as practised in the America’s, the Caribbean and the islands of the Atlantic become increasingly identified with the black person, the African. In other words, though throughout history men had enslaved, and been enslaved by others, irrespective of colour, race, creed or sex, Chattel Slavery known in these places involved almost exclusively the African as the victim, with white people as usual as the dominant ones.

The African slave, under the system, was regarded as an inferior being almost without a soul; a brute without reason, without civilization or culture. Consequently, he tended to be treated with harshness and brutality. The whip was constantly used as a means of punishment, and a threat to keep the slave working without let up.

Other means of discipline included iron collars, wooden or iron stocks used for imprisoning legs and hands; leg irons, sometimes with heavy weights attached; face masks, branding with hot iron, etc.

The most common reason for bringing in African slaves to the New World was to have large and disciplined force of unskilled labour, available at short notice, capable of being concentrated and driven hard at certain periods.

This would meet the needs of the plantation system that had become established in the New World, particularly in the lowland tropical areas where sugar, cotton, cocoa, coffee and rice could be cultivated. In these places, neither the European nor the American Indian could fit the demands of plantation labour as well as African slave, for various reasons.

Thus in the New World, the African slaves mainly worked in agriculture producing cash crops. But they also performed every kind of labour on the plantation and outside.

Once on the plantation, as one writer has put it, “everything or almost everything is the product of the black man: it is he who has built the houses, he has made the bricks, sawed the boards, channelled the water, etc; the roads and most of the machines in the mill are, along with the lands cultivated, the products of his industry. He has raised cattle, pigs and the other animals needed on the plantation”.

In and around the houses of the owners they worked as male and female retainers, cooks, laundresses and tailors, seamstresses, boys and girls to do odd jobs, cleaners, etc. In the cities others did such jobs as carpentry, tailoring, masonry, candle-making, shoe-making, baking, peddling goods and food; some acted as waiters, goldsmiths, porters, prostitutes and factory hands. They could also be found in mining gold, diamond and silver.

The recognition of August 1st is not meant to merely serve as a remembrance of the abolition of Chattel Slavery. Emancipation Day should more so consciously serve to create and develop a unique sense of unity, cooperation and understanding amongst Africans the world over as well as all peoples of conscience.

One has to accept the fact and understanding that more than hundred million men and women, particularly between the ages of 15 and 35, were forcefully uprooted and dreadfully transported from their motherland. They were extracted from their paths of development and transplanted to foreign lands under a system of slavery. Noteworthy to mention is their separation from their kin in these foreign lands.

The world is yet to fathom what Africa would be like today, had the content not been subjected to the extraction of her most precious resource, her people. One can fairly state that slavery had a devastating effect on the development of Africa as a force to be reckoned with globally.

The system divided the peoples of Africa, which seems, no doubt, to be permanent.

In our attempt to internationalize Emancipation Day, it is of utmost importance that we understand that never again must the African or any other race be reduced to the level of Chattel to be less human. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Emancipation Day thus represents that vigilance which all peoples of conscience should celebrate.

Emancipation is not only freedom to the enslaved, but also the enslaver. No nation can claim to be free if its existence is based on the enslavement of its people or another race. The entire world is fully aware of the long existence of Chattel Slavery and its impact on man.

Yet, the international community has not seen it fit to acknowledge its abolition. This is a historical omission that the Caribbean Historical Society seeks to correct.

In the words of the South African Ambassador to Ottawa, H.E. Mr. Billy Modise, in thanking the Caribbean Historical Society for the invitation to the launching of the internationalization of the Emancipation Day at the City Hall, Ottawa on November 24, 1996, “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate your societies for this worthy initiative. August 1st, 1834 is a very significant and important milestone in the history of mankind.

It was a stepping-stone towards the ideal of total freedom for people of African origin. As one cannot say that total freedom has already been achieved in all cases, it behoves all to continue working towards real total emancipation and freedom throughout the world. The abolition of Chattel Slavery should be seen, therefore, as part of a process which has not yet completely reached its end”.

The continued success of emancipation celebrations, however, is very much dependent on the involvement and participation of the countries from the African continent. The Caribbean Historical Society staunchly believes those Africans at home and abroad must be encouraged to see the wisdom of the internationalization of Emancipation Day. Its acknowledgement is absolutely necessary.

It is imperative that we all come together on August 1st each year to give thanks and praises to our great ancestors who featured prominently in the emancipation process. They have paved the way for us in their glowing spirit, determination, purpose and meaning of emancipation. Let us allow their blood, sweat and tears to continue to inform our lives as we prepare to meet the challenges ahead.

By Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi

Growth in Ghana’s tourism sector to continue

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The growth of every institution depends on the professionalism of its workforce. From the layman’s perspective, tourism is entertainment that focuses on good customer service.

Apart from promoting and marketing a destination locally and internationally, tourism is multi-sectoral as it cuts across agriculture, health, manufacturing, sports and many more.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture engages in policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation of its agencies. Its Eleven agencies include, The Ghana Tourism Authority, The Ghana Tourism Development Company, Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, The National Commission on Culture, The National Theatre of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and W.E.B Dubois Centre. The rest are National Folklore Board, Bureau of Ghana Languages, Hotel Catering and Tourism Training Institute (HOTCATT) and Pan African Writers Association.

Over the years, the Ghana Tourism Authority has played its pivotal role as the main implementing agency in promoting and marketing tourism both domestically and internationally. A Tourist is a person who spends time away from home in the pursuit of recreation, relaxation and pleasure while making use of the commercial provision of services.

In these modern times, Tourism has grown drastically in Ghana in particular and Africa as a whole. It has become more interesting, fun, exciting and educative.

In 2015 the number of arrivals was reported at 897,000 according to the World Bank collection of development indicators. This has enhanced businesses, created opportunities and networking thereby leading to an exponential growth of the economy.

The Ghana Tourism Authority continues to contribute its quota to the Tourism industry. The function of G.T.A is to ensure sustainable tourism development through the creation of an enabling environment for the provision of quality tourism services and products.

In view of this, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and the Ghana Tourism Authority have participated in local and international fairs and exhibitions, conferences, seminars, etc to promote the culture and heritage of Ghana thereby marketing and promoting the country.

Tourism in Ghana is educational. One will ask why the need to travel to Ghana? Well, it is the best place for a cultural holiday in Africa. It is also one of the best option one can choose, not only for the fun but also to learn more about the history of the country, the culture of the people among other things.

There is no doubt that Ghana is one of the favourite countries to visit in the world. The tourist sites and attractions, cuisine, warmth and rhythm is unique. Ghana stands at the centre of the world, with the Greenwich Meridian passing through at Tema and thus making it a beacon of tourism within Sub-Saharan Africa.

Comparing Tourism after independence till date has moved from not only visiting and watching but undertaking tourism projects and development that inure to the benefit of communities and the industry as a whole. The influx of social media has also helped the tourism industry in so many diverse ways.

This is evident of the fact that the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Mr Akwasi Agyeman is championing the move to digital marketing which has helped the tourism industry to achieve its goals of increasing tourist arrivals and receipts.

It is by dint of his hard work, dedication and commitment that he was awarded the Outstanding Industry Personality (Gold) at the Africa Digital Heroes Awards ceremony held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja recently.

Again, Tourism in Ghana has helped in networking and creating jobs. One thing Ghana is proud of is the fact that we are the first African to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans from Jamestown, Accra to Jamestown in Virginia in the United States of America in 1619. Ghana is the best place to be recommended as a tourist country due to our stable democratic dispensation, peaceful and harmonious co-existence of the different religious and ethnic groups.

Ghana can again confidently boast of multiple tourist sites like waterfalls, national parks, mountain peaks, monkey sanctuaries, canopy walkways and caves. These tourist attractions are very hospitable and make holidays memorable.

The Ghana Tourism Authority is poised in ensuring best practices within the Tourism and Hospitality industry in Ghana in order to continue enjoying the accolade as the most preferred tourist destination in Africa. It is no wonder the Authority has maintained our Tourism slogan; Ghana, Culture, Warmth and Rythm.

By: Nana Akua Prempeh / National Service Personnel /Ghana Tourism Authority

Akwasi Agyeman Awarded ‘Outstanding Industry Personality’r at Africa Digital Heroes Awards

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The CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority and former President of the association of Private and Independent Broadcasting Organization, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman was over the weekend awarded “Outstanding Industry Personality (Gold)” at the Africa Digital Heroes Awards held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja on Friday, October 18, 2019. This was for his contribution to transforming Africa’s digital space both as President of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association and as CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority leading the massive digital campaign to drive tourists to Africa with the Year of Return.

The awards is designed to celebrate and recognize individuals, organizations, institutions and initiatives that have advanced the Nigerian/African digital space. Amongst the awardees were the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State Abdullahi Sule whose efforts at implementing ICT fully in the governance structure of his state was appreciated.

Several other players in the ICT ecosystem in Nigeria were awarded for their contributions. The only other awardee outside of Nigeria was the Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria who is also responsible for Ghana.

The night also saw a lot of Nigerian artists perform to entertain guests. From Rap to Comedy to Culture, they were there to make guests comfortable.

Mr. Akwasi Agyeman’s award was picked on his behalf by Mr. Ekow Sampson, the Deputy Executive Director in charge of Operations at the Ghana Tourism Authority.

Year Of Return, Ghana 2019 Brings Thousands To Africa

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Four hundred years ago, in 1619, the first enslaved African people came to what would become the United States. As we mark that anniversary, there are many projects underway to bring a fuller understanding of the devastation caused by the institution of slavery and how this institution continues to shape the United States today.

To commemorate this 400 year mark, Western African country of Ghana has declared 2019 “The Year of Return,” and the country is inviting people who are descendants of Africans who were enslaved to return to the land of their ancestors, and connect with others who have felt the impact of the African diaspora.

In this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Kesho Scott, Professor of Sociology and American Studies at Grinnell College, who took her daughter on the trip of a lifetime as part of “The Year of  Return, Ghana 2019.”

“I am a decedent of a slave, that means that I am a descendant of someone who survived an atrocity,” Scott says. “I cannot think of myself, and I would hope no young person of African descendent would think of themselves as anything less because of this particular history.”

Ghana Tourism Authority Trains Inspectors

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The Ghana Tourism Authority has embarked on a three-day training programme for its Inspectors and Quality Assurance Officers.

The training programme which began on October 7, 2019, is aimed at building the capacity of the staff to improve standards in the hospitality industry. It also allowed the Inspectors and the staff the opportunity to interact and share ideas on how to improve the tourism and hospitality industry in Ghana.


Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, the Chief Executive Officer of the GTA in his address, said it is important that Inspectors abreast themselves with the current digital trend in order to achieve the goals of the Authority.

Another major aspect of the training was how Inspectors can use technology for inspection, re-inspection and spot-check inspection in the hospitality industry.

Last year, the Authority began its digitized inspection, which helped in giving daily updates and feeding a repository with daily records which also helped speed up the licensing process.

The Ghana Tourism Authority, the implementing agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is mandated by law under the Tourism Act, 2011 (Act 817) to train, educate and sensitize tourism enterprises and Inspectors to equip operators with requisite skills to be able to render professional services.

GTA conducts its annual inspection and then continue with an enforcement exercise to clamp down on those enterprises which are operating illegally, those not yet operating, those who have not registered with the Authority, those operating on substandard levels among others.

Ghana Tourism Authority supports GJA awards

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The Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) on Tuesday received a cheque for GH¢20,000.00 from the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) to support the 24th GJA awards as part of events marking the Association’s 70th anniversary.

The awards recognise Journalists and appreciate them for their efforts and to encourage them to do more.


Mr Jones Nelson, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, GTA, who presented the cheque, said the Authority had a long-standing relationship with the GJA and appreciated its efforts in promoting Tourism in the country and across the borders.

He said the GJA had rendered support to the Authority thus the need for the support package.

The domestic tourism awards would be in two categories; Tourism Writer of the year for electronic media and Tourism Writer for the print media with each receiving GH¢10,000.00.


Mr Affail Monney, the President of GJA, said the support was an affirmation that the Authority believed in the media and its efforts to scale up development in the country.

He appreciated the GTA for the sponsorship and called for continuous support to motivate journalist to do more.

Source: GNA

Ghana To Review Cultural Policy

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The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr Ziblim Iddi Barri has expressed his utmost satisfaction to the work of the eminent committee under the able chairmanship of Prof, Panyin Hagan which set out to review the Ghana Cultural Policy under the current NPP administration.

Hon. Dr Ziblim indicated that he was also encouraged by the fact that the committee has put in place a Road Map or a Methodology that would serve as a framework to review the Ghana Cultural Policy.

Dr. Ziblim Iddi Bari, further emphasized that given his academic experience once you have a methodology spelt out, the main objective of any task becomes easier to accomplish.

Hon.Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri, made this remarks on the occasion of the UNESCO’s 2018 Global outlook Report presentation on the Re-Shaping Cultural Policies with the Ghana Committee reviewing the country Cultural Policy, which took place on the 5th of Sep, 2019, In Accra.

He further assured the Ministry’s commitment under the sector Minister Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, to give the necessary support to the revered committee members to review the Ghana Cultural Policy, thereby delivering on their mandate.

Dr Ziblim Iddi Barri emphasized that the outcome of the Cultural policy would take into consideration the principles and values as enshrined in the 1992 constitution regarding Ghana’s Cultural Policies and values.

The Representative of the UNESCO Mr. Abdourahamane Diallo, on his part Commended Ghana for taking bold initiative under the Nana Addo led NPP administration to review its cultural policy and align it to allow the sector to contribute substantially towards its socio-economic and national development.

Mr. Abdourahamane Diallo, stressed that the relationship between tourism and Culture provides a unique opportunity that would contribute to the economic growth of the country.

According to him, this initiative would pave way for promoting cultural activities and industries which would invariably spur the international profile of destinations of Ghana.

Mr Diallo recounted that UNESCO conventions provide a unique global platform for international cooperation and establish a holistic cultural governance system based on human rights and shared values.

On his Part the immediate past President of the Association of the Writers, who is also the Member of the committee, Nana K. Gyan –Apenteng, presented on the committee expected outcome, stating that the committee would value Ghanaian Culture and the preamble of the Cultural Policy that would focus in the Ghanaian constitution.

The committee terms of reference are to revise Ghana’s cultural policy, Preparation of an action plan or strategic plan for implementation of the policy, Build a consensus on major programmes, activities and project to be carried out, and outlined the Propose strategy for the implementation of the cultural policy in Ghana.

Meanwhile, since the inauguration of the committee, it has held Six (6) plenaries starting from 30th January 2019, and the last was on the 22nd March 2019.

The National Commission on Culture under the MoTAC has the oversight responsibilities to implement the Cultural Policy of Ghana, under PNDC Law 235 of 1990.


Best places in Accra to go on a date

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Ghana is a one-stop destination for business people and tourists. The country offers visitors a lifetime experience through its rich history, landmarks and beaches with captivating views.

Best places in Accra to go on a date

The capital of Ghana has a host of themed venues when it comes to building a healthy relationship with people.

For a never forgetful date, here are some best places in Accra to go on a date.

Cinema/ Movie Theatres

Movie theatres and cinemas are places that contain auditoria for viewing films for entertainment. Most theatres and cinemas are commercial operations catering to the general public, who attend by purchasing a ticket.

In Accra, it is interesting going on a date with your partner since there are lots of either live or recorded shows you can enjoy. Seasonal shows which include the Uncle Ebo Whyte Show is amongst others that you and your partner can enjoy. Here are some cinemas and movie theatres in Accra.


Silverbird Cinemas

Located in Accra, Silverbird has branches in the Accra Mall and West Hills Mall.


Silverbird Cinemas


Global cinema

Located at Weija, Accra, Global Cinema is one of the multi-purpose and luxurious three state-of-the-art cinemas in the country which gives you interesting experiences.


Global cinema

Eateries and Bars

Ghana is known for its rich food culture. Aside from the usual battle over Jollof rice with Nigerians, Accra is one of the places that offer a variety of local and continental dishes. Eateries and bars have various menus which makes them the best places for creating food memories and sharing a lifestyle.

While on a date, these places give you great experiences that will keep bonds tighter and hearts warmer. Here are some eateries and bars in Accra best suitable for your date.


Skybar is Accra’s premier rooftop venue offering breathtaking views of the city from one of the tallest buildings in West Africa. It is located on the Alto Tower, Villaggio Vista, North Airport Road.




Jazz Bar

The Jazz Bar is an intelligently designed club that offers live bands six days a week. It is located at North Ridge, Accra.


+233 Jazz Bar



Buka is an evocative description of the excitement and lifestyle of the African landscape. It caters especially for the middle-income business community and the discerning international traveller.

It is located in Osu, Accra.




Accra Mall food court

Accra Mall has numerous restaurants and bars where you can have your date. Located on the Spintex road adjacent to the Tema Motorway, the food court has various local and continental foods to enjoy.


Accra Mall food court


The beaches in Accra are some of the world’s most untouched beaches, pristine clarity in the water, with white sandy to complement its style.

While thinking of places to go for your date in Accra, it will be incomplete to ignore this city’s beaches. Here are some interesting beaches suitable for your dates.

Serenity Beach

Located at Sakumono in Accra, Serenity Beach has a natural charm that makes your date more relaxed and interesting.


Serenity Beach



Sandbox is a great one for all beach-lovers. Located at South Labadi Estates, it has a state-of-the-art beach resort that gives visitors so much fun, a romantic getaway and a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean.




Labadi Beach

Located at Labadi in Accra, the beach has fascinating beachfront that offers a variety of attractions as well as activities.


Labadi Beach



The need to do something for recreation is an essential element of human biology and psychology. There are various recreational centres in Accra that gives to the ultimate fun of your life especially while on a date. Here are some interesting recreational centres in Accra best suitable for your dates.

Mavels Mini Golf

This is an impressive mini-golf course that holds appeal for fun-loving adults. It has a lovely very green setting that makes you feel nature. Mavels mini golf is located at Dzorwulu, Accra. Whether one is a beginner or a pro, Mavels Mini Golf is the one-stop spot for enjoying a good game of golf (with a date).


Mavels Mini Golf


Accra Zoo

Located at Achimota, Accra, the Accra Zoo is one of the interesting recreational centres to have your dates.

Accra Zoo


Shai Hills Resource Reserve

The Shai Hills Resource Reserve is a resource reserve located in Doryumu in the Greater Accra Region.

It consists of a broad savanna surrounding forested hills and has expansive views and interesting wildlife reserve.


Shai Hills Resource Reserve


An adventure is an exciting experience that is typically a bold, sometimes risky, undertaking. It usually involves activities with some potential for physical danger such as travelling, exploring, skydiving, mountain climbing, scuba diving, river rafting or participating in extreme sports.

While thinking of going on a date, it would be interesting to have some adventure. Here are some adventurous places to visit in Accra.

Legon botanical garden

Legon Botanical Gardens is a beautiful outdoor play space for persons of all age. Located at Agbogba in Accra, it is an interesting place to have an adventurous date. Some games at the botanical garden are for souls that love the adrenaline rush.


Legon botanical garden
Doom Paintball

This is an interesting place to have an adventurous place to have your dates. The Doom Paintball is located at Burma Camp, Accra.


Source: PulseGhana