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Discovering Accra, a city of history, monuments and more



To say that Ghana is one of the best tourism hubs in Africa is, indeed, not an overstatement.

Beyond being the most peaceful country on the continent, it also has some of the best attractions for tourists from anywhere in the world.
Talk about awe-inspiring mountains, epic road trips, enormous national parks, monuments, beautiful waterfalls, sceneries and night life, the list really is endless.
We bring to toourists who are yet to visit and those who are already in town some of the best destinations in Ghana with focus on Accra, the capital which falls in line with efforts  by  Ministry of Tourism Arts & Culture to promote local tourism.
You can be certain that whatever you’re looking for in your trip, Ghana can offer it and even more.
Indeed, there is no other city like Accra. It’s a place full of life and excitement. It’s a city of enormous history, monuments, arts and crafts, cultural diversity and more. It is also the economic and administrative hub of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. From spick and span malls, the crashing surf, the cocktail terraces, the chugging exhausts, the pavement hawkers, and swish hotels, all combine to create a thrilling and a hospitable city for visitors.
In the next two years, tourists should expect a spectacular tourism enclave called the Marine Drive. It will transform the beachfront stretch from the Osu Christianborg Castle to the Arts Centre into a vibrant business and tourism enclave that will not only transform the city’s skyline and spur tourism growth.
When in Accra, don’t miss a visit to the following places:
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum & Memorial Park Mausoleum
If you’re looking for a dose of historic events, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum & Memorial Park is one place for you.  Situated off the High Street in Accra, it also symbolises the genesis of the history of Ghana.Nkrumahs mausoleum is surrounded by fountains and statues
The beautiful park has a lot of history concerning the first president of Ghana. The great works of Dr Kwame Nkrumah is well explained within the park and the mausoleum tells it all.  It houses the body of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his wife, Fathia Nkrumah. A full statue of Dr Nkrumahwearing a cloth in bronze is sited at the exact location where he proclaimed Ghana’s independence. The design of the mausoleum represents an upside down sword which symbolises peace.
From the main way leading to the mausoleum is a spring on either sides of the walk way and also peacocks around. Each spring has seven bare-chested, squatting statuettes of flute blowers, who seem to welcome visitors to the park.  The water on the other hand is a symbol of life. Its presence conveys a sense of immortality for the name Nkrumah. It shows that even in death Nkrumah lives on in the hearts and minds of generations here and generations yet to come.
National Museum 
For a better feel of Ghanaian culture, also visit the national museum. It was opened by the Duchess of Kent in 1957, and is described as the home to some of Ghana’s most absorbing historical finds. The museum gives an opportunity to tourists to travel through the country’s history from both an archaeological and ethnographic perspective. Located in the heart of Accra, the museum features excellent displays on various aspects of Ghanaian culture and history. The displays on local crafts, ceremonial objects and the slave trade are particularly noteworthy.
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The Independence Square is one of the favourite spots in Accra. It is usually a busy place during 6th March Independence Day parades, the purpose for which it was constructed in 1961.lamisinelson 1531397685824
For citizen who grew up in the environs of the square, they don’t only get to be part of all major national public gatherings and national festivals that take place there but also engage tourists who visit. Bordered by the Accra Sports Stadium and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, it is often described as a public square.3cc8012eca57577e33709ae3cf2556ae L
Visit the square, also known as Black Star Square, and spin around its vast, empty expanse of concrete overlooked by spectator stands. The square boasts of the Independence Arch and the Black Star Monument, also known as the Black Star Gate. A statue of a soldier faces the Independence Arch symbolising the Ghanaians who lost their lives fighting for Ghana’s independence and also the Liberation Day Monument.4010 ghana 01
Jamestown Lighthouse
Also one of the places to visit while in Accra, Jamestown has more deep secrets and history of Accra. It originated as a community that emerged around the 17th century British James Fort, merging with Accra as the city grew. But it currently looks like one of the poorer neighbourhoods of Accra. It is full of beautifully dishevelled colonial buildings, clapboard houses and corrugated iron shacks but it remains vibrant. For a great view of the city, one has to climb to the top of the whitewashed lighthouse. There are several boxing gyms in Jamestown that have nurtured a long line of local kids into champions. It also serves as a hub for filming, as majority of filmmakers used the city for their location.
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Accra is not just filled with monuments, fun activities and good food but also beautiful beaches. For your amazing beach walk, and all the other beach relaxations you want, one of the best hangouts is the Bojo Beach.tipsghana 1531403253575
It is located west of Accra and very clean. On arrival, there’s a small entrance fee to pay, and you’ll then be rowed across a clear strip of water to a pristine strip of beach, where there are sun loungers and refreshments. If you want to stay the night, the Bojo Beach Resort has suitably swish rooms.travelseerepeat 1531403168226
Bojo Beach Resort features 35 comfortable rooms, almost with a private balcony overlooking the beach as well as some picturesque mountains. Sometimes during weekends, there are concerts at the beach to make the experience even more exciting.
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Recently when American actor Boris Kodjoe and his family came to Ghana, the Makola Market was one of the places they visited. The market also holds so much of Accra’s history. It is not modern as one may think but it stands tall as one of the biggest markets on the African continent. It has everything Africa you may want to buy. For new arrivals to Africa, it can be an intense experience, but it’s a fun out there. Don’t miss the Makola Market for anything. Experience it!
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The Centre For National Culture in Accra is simply called ‘The Arts Centre’. It’s Ghana’s biggest craft market and very easy to find. It is situated right next to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. It is virtually the tourist heaven of Ghana. It has got everything from woven kente cloth, wooden sculptures, earrings and other fashion accessories, the latest in African Attire fashion and arts and crafts from all over Ghana.
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The Christiansborg Castle is also known by many as the Osu Castle.  It was the seat of Ghana’s government until 2013 when the office of the president was moved to the Jubilee House, also in Accra. The castle is located off the shores of the vibrant township of Osu in Accra and some metres away from the Independence Square. Built by the Danes around 1659, it is now being used as a presidential museum.
Close to the Castle’s junction is the 28 February Christiansborg Crossroad shooting cenotaph. It’s a memorial to Sgt Adjetey, Cpl Attipoe and Pte Odartey Lamptey, ex-servicemen who were shot and killed in 1948 by one Superintendent Colin Imray of the colonial police, while they were marching to the Christiansborg Castle to present a petition to the British Governor, Sir Gerald Creasy. You definitely cannot miss a visit to the castle which holds a lot to the history of Ghana.


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China’s Lunar Exploration: Achievements and Future Missions



Chinas Lunar

China’s journey into lunar exploration has seen many notable achievements and ambitious future missions. From the start of its space program to today’s cutting-edge missions, China has continuously improved its abilities and become an important participant in space exploration. This blog looks at the key moments in China’s moon study history and investigates upcoming plans for exciting moon trips.

Early Steps and Initial Achievements

Chang’e 1: China’s First Lunar Mission

China’s first step in lunar exploration was the launch of Chang’e 1 in 2007. It was named after a moon goddess from Chinese mythology, and this orbiter successfully mapped out and sent back data about our planet’s natural satellite – Moon. This important mission showed that China had now joined other nations exploring beyond Earth’s atmosphere while also showing its ability to carry out intricate space tasks. For more updates follow China Space News

Chang’e 2: Advancing Lunar Science

To progress from Chang’e 1, we sent Chang’e 2 into space in 2010. This mission had two main parts: mapping of the moon became more detailed and flyby around asteroid Toutatis displayed China’s increasing skill with space navigation. The detailed pictures of moon’s surface taken by Chang’e 2 helped improve our knowledge about lunar geology.


Chang’e 3: A Historic Soft Landing

Chang’e 3, which was launched in the year 2013, it marked a significant mission because this is when China succeeded in making its initial soft landing on the moon. The mission involved a lander and rover known as Yutu or “Jade Rabbit” that explored surface of moon by doing scientific experiments there and sending back beautiful pictures to Earth. This mission marked the return of humans to moon, with China becoming the third country to achieve soft landing after United States and Soviet Union.

Recent Milestones

Chang’e 4: Exploring the Far Side of the Moon

China created a new record in 2019 with the Chang’e 4 mission, where a spacecraft landed on the far side of moon for first time. This mission contained both a lander and rover named Yutu-2; it is still exploring around on moon’s surface that faces away from us towards Earth. The achievement of Chang’e 4 has given us never-before-seen knowledge about our moon’s geology and improved understanding about how solar systems formed early in history. The success of the mission was supported by the Queqiao relay satellite, which helped in communicating between the moon’s far side and Earth.

Chang’e 5: Sample Return Mission


The mission Chang’e 5, accomplished in December 2020, was a prominent event for China. This mission managed to gather and bring back lunar samples to Earth, marking the initial time since Luna 24 from Soviet Union in 1976 that such an action happened. The success of Chang’e 5 provided fresh moon material for scientists to analyze. It offered new understanding about what makes up our moon as well as its past history.

Chang’e 6: Aiming for More Lunar Samples

After Chang’e 5, China is now preparing for Chang’e 6 in the year 2024. This mission will focus on the South Pole-Aitken Basin area of Moon which happens to be one among solar system’s biggest impact craters. In gathering samples from this particular location, scientists are hoping to attain a more comprehensive comprehension about mantle of moon and history behind lunar impacts. Chang’e 6 wants to expand China’s understanding about lunar geology and enhance its abilities in returning samples from the moon.

Future Missions: Ambitions and Goals

Chang’e 7: Exploring the Moon’s South Pole

Chang’e 7, planned for the mid-2020s, plans to examine the South Pole of moon. This mission is anticipated to include an orbiter, a lander, a rover and a mini-flying probe. The South Pole holds fascination because it has areas that are always in shadow and might have water ice. Chang’e 7 wants to study the moon’s environment, make a map of its topography and look at how resources like water ice are spread on it.


Chang’e 8: Laying the Groundwork for a Lunar Base

Chang’e 8, which is planned for the late 2020s, will concentrate on checking technologies and performing experiments that are necessary in order to prepare a lunar base. This mission will cooperate with worldwide allies and examine how we can utilize resources found on the moon for an enduring human existence. The methods and technologies created through Chang’e 8 are anticipated to assist in building a research station on top of the moon.

International Lunar Research Station (ILRS)

Together with Russia, China has suggested the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS). This plan wants to create a stable and enduring human existence on the moon by 2030s. The ILRS will become a center for doing scientific research, developing technology and cooperating internationally. It will possess life support, energy production, communication and science experiment functions to allow complete lunar exploration and use.

China’s Strategic Vision for Lunar Exploration

China’s lunar exploration program is not only a race to achieve certain technological firsts; it fits into a wider strategic plan. The goals of this vision consist of scientific discoveries, advancement in technology, maintaining national reputation and collaborating globally. China aims to accomplish the following by enhancing its lunar exploration abilities:

Increase Scientific Comprehension: The tasks from China add to worldwide understanding on matters like the moon’s creation and shifts, along with its geological features. The details obtained assist in answering basic inquiries about the moon’s geology and solar system history.


Drive Technological Innovation: The exploration of Moon needs modern technology in fields like robotics, materials science, propulsion and communication. Missions from China are testing these technologies’ limits which could result in advancements useful for more than just space explores.

Increase in International Recognition: Success in space explorations raises the country’s worldwide status and shows its ability as a leading space traveler. Advancements made on lunar exploration also add to the pride of nation and inspire coming generations of scientists and engineers.

Promote Collaboration with Other Countries: To encourage collaboration in space exploration, China can form partnerships with other nations and organizations. This will show how working together is beneficial for all parties involved, just like the ILRS project that allows participating countries to share in the advancements made by everyone.


China’s moon research program has seen big growth in the last twenty years, making history and setting high aims for what is to come. From the first accomplishments with Chang’e 1 and 2 to innovative tasks such as Chang’e 4 and 5, China has shown its capacity and dedication towards exploration of moon. With upcoming missions including Chang’e 6,7,8 along with International Lunar Research Station that is full of vision – it shows how ready China becomes a leader in mankind’s journey for understanding moon while using its resources too. In the coming days, China’s lunar exploration will be a key part of our efforts to learn more about the moon and find new ways for space exploration.

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Academic City introduces MSc in Cyber Security programme



Prof. Fred McBagonluri

 As part of efforts to strengthen Africa’s digital landscape and foster economic advancement, Academic City University College has introduced an innovative MSc Cyber Security programme to safeguard Africa’s digital infrastructure and drive innovation.

In today’s interconnected world, cyber security is important for long-term growth and global competitiveness. By introducing the MSc Cyber Security, Academic City aims to equip graduates with advanced cyber security expertise, which fosters critical analysis and practical skills to combat evolving threats in digital landscapes.

This programme will enable students to develop practical cyber security analysis skills through hands-on training and real-world scenarios, addressing the complexities of cyber threats. Emphasising multi-dimensional problem-solving, the curriculum provides students with versatility to tackle diverse cyber security challenges and insights into risk management, ensuring a holistic approach to cyber defense.

In 2023, ISC2 estimated the global cyber security workforce to be 5.5 million, with a growth of 8.7% between 2022 and 2023, adding nearly 440,000 new positions. Additionally, all regions experienced growth in cyber workforce size in 2023, with the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions leading with an annual increase of 11.7% and 11.8%, respectively.

Speaking on this new programme, Prof. Fred McBagonluri, President of Academic City, remarked, “As the African continent continues to embrace digital transformation, the introduction of our cyber security programme signifies our desire to empower individuals and organisations to thrive in an increasingly digitised world.”


According to him, the programme aims to help address the critical need for safeguarding sensitive information, which is crucial for economic growth and attracting investments.

“This innovative programme promises to establish a robust digital infrastructure for the continent’s future prosperity,” he added.

David Gowu, Executive Director of the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana (IIPGH), stressed how important it is to have cyber security experts in a world where technology is changing so quickly.

 “As businesses deal with the constant threat of cyberattacks, it is crucial for business owners to empower employees with the necessary knowledge and skills to help protect their digital assets.”

He commended Academic City for introducing the MSc in Cyber Security to provide professionals with the skills they need to deal with cyber security problems. 


“I am very optimistic that this programme will give professionals the training they need to confidently get through the complex cyber security landscape,” he said.

The two-year MSc Cyber Security programme will start in September 2024. To qualify for the program, an applicant must have a BSC from an accredited university with a minimum of second-class upper or lower.