Cultural Tours

Get to Know Ghana

Ghana has very interesting tourist sites which depict true Africa origin and as part of activities of the Conference, some of these sites have been identified for tours on the second day of the conference (25/10/2018). Some of the tours will be by bus and others a combination of walks (short walks) and bus. The tours have been put into two categories; Tour of Academic and Research Institutions and Tour of Historical and Recreational Sites.  Participants are expected to choose between these two groups so that the necessary logistical arrangements can be made.

1.0 ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS

The University of Ghana is the premier and largest university in Ghana founded on August 11, 1948 for the purpose of providing and promoting university education, learning and research. The University is run on a collegiate system and has several research institutions and centres for learning and research. Over the years, the university has built an image as one of the continent’s reputable universities. The university has a   population of over 38,000 made up of students enrolled on regular programmes, sandwich programmes, and distance education as well as students from affiliate institutions including international students from over 70 countries. We would have a general tour of the University and make special visits to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, School of Biological Sciences, and University of Ghana Medical Centre. Follow https://www.ug.edu.gh for more information about the university of Ghana.

The Food Research Institute (FRI) is one of the thirteen affiliate Institutes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It was established by the Government of Ghana on 1st Oct. 1963. The research divisions of the institute include chemistry and nutrition, food technology, and microbiology and mushroom divisions with other support divisions.

Over the years, CSIR-Food Research Institute has been recognized for their significant contribution to trade and industry, agriculture, health and education sectors of the national economy. These include food production development, development of marketable technologies, Analytical and Technical Service Support to Industry, design and construction of food processing equipment among others. For more information about CSIR-FRI, visit their website via  http://www.foodresearchgh.org.

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The University of Ghana

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The Food Research Institute

2.0 HISTORICAL AND RECREATIONAL TOUR

For the historical and recreational tour, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and the Independence square will be visited. These places are located in the heart of the nation’s capital Accra and in close proximity to each other on the same route.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

This park houses some collections of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first leader’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. The monumental statues are full of bronze. You can also find fountains and wandering peacocks, with the mausoleum of the great leader at its heart.

The Independence Square

The independence square also known as the Black Star Square has monuments that commemorate Ghana’s struggle for independence The Square is a public place and host major national events such as Independence Day celebration and inauguration of Heads of State, among others. The square was commissioned by Kwame Nkrumah to honour the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Construction ended in 1961 and it was named “Black Star Square”.

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The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

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The Black Star Square