27 Jul

After picking up interest in the history of Ghana, walking through the Black Star Gate drove chills down my spine. When I left the roundabout, I entered the Black Star Square. This is where Independence Day is celebrated annually at the national level.

Every March 6, a parade commemorating Ghana’s historic feat is staged with pomp and splendor. To date, Independence Day is the most decorated public holiday in Ghana, rightfully so.

The Black Star is a symbol of the lodestar of freedom in Africa. As the first African country to gain independence, Ghana paved the way for the independence of the entire continent.

The Black Star Square encompasses the Independence Arch and the monument erected to honor those whose blood wasn’t shed in vain. When I crossed this site off my bucket list, I headed to the home of the Black Stars: the Ghanaian soccer national team.

As mentioned earlier, I have been a loyal supporter of this squad for a long time. During the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament that took place in Qatar, I watched Ghana defeat South Korea while wearing the jersey from Makola Market.

I barely spent a minute at Accra Stadium. As a matter of fact, a stopover at the stadium was pointless. There was no game on that day. Who goes to the stadium to watch nothing? My next move was to go to the beach.