29 Jul

I exited the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange through the avenue named after the same towering figure in the history of Ghana. As mentioned above, Kwame Nkrumah left his footprints all over the country.

Initially, the plan was to visit the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park after a short break at the Kwame Nkrumah Water Park. You better get used to this name because you will read it a few more times before you get to the end of these chronicles.

Unfortunately, the memorial park was temporarily closed. Next on my list of sites to be visited was the Black Star Gate. However, Makola Market happened to be along the way. Its location made it convenient to drop by en route to one of Accra’s most popular landmarks.

As a tourist, going to the market was an opportunity to interact with residents of my host city. The experience enabled me to feel the vibe of the Ghanaian people and capture their spirit. Besides, I needed a souvenir.

As expected, Makola Market is a hive of activity. I bypassed a cluster of stalls while ignoring aggressive retailers. Each one of them wanted a piece of my wallet. When I saw one clothing vendor selling Black Stars’ jerseys, I approached him and offered half of his asking price. After lengthy negotiations, we reached an agreement. Money exchanged hands.

I have been a fan of the Ghanaian soccer national team for about two decades. It’s therefore befitting to show my support by donning the team’s jersey. Win, lose or draw, my unwavering affinity is undeniable.