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Akufo-Addo to commission redeveloped Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

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Ghana is set to witness the grand commissioning of the redeveloped Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park on July 4, 2023.

This iconic monument, dedicated to the memory of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, holds immense historical significance. Not only does it honour the visionary leader, but it also serves as the final resting place for Dr. Nkrumah and his wife, Fathia Nkrumah.

Situated on the picturesque coast of Accra, the park occupies the former British colonial Polo Grounds, where Dr. Nkrumah famously declared Ghana an independent nation. The original construction of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park was initiated by the late Head of State, Jerry John Rawlings, in 1990, as a testament to Ghana’s heritage. The park was subsequently opened to the public in 1992.

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Over the years, the park has attracted visitors from across the globe, with an annual footfall of approximately 98,000 individuals. Tourists flock to pay homage to Ghana’s first President and gain insights into his life and lasting legacy. Today, it stands proudly as one of Ghana’s top 10 most visited sites.

However, after 25 years of existence, the park was in dire need of revitalization. The fountains, which are major attractions, had fallen into disrepair, hampering the overall visitor experience. The museum’s leaking roof posed challenges during rainy seasons, making it difficult to conduct tours. Additionally, the VIP lounge, where esteemed guests signed the visitors’ books, and certain areas of the washrooms were in a deplorable state.

Recognizing the vital role of tourism in Ghana’s development, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo declared tourism a catalyst for social advancement and an economic powerhouse upon assuming office in 2017. In pursuit of this vision, the President secured a $40 million loan facility from the World Bank through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture in 2018. The funds were earmarked to enhance the tourism environment, address constraints, develop tourist sites, and support tourism enterprises and business development services.

On July 19, 2022, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, the Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, laid the foundation for the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum. After months of diligent work, the redevelopment has reached completion. The momentous occasion of its official commissioning is set for July 4, 2023, under the auspices of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The New Patriotic Party, which he leads, recognizes and appreciates the park’s significance and its role in Ghana’s history. Hence, the government has spared no effort in ensuring that this monument befits the stature of Ghana’s first President while also generating vital resources for the nation.

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The redeveloped Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park stands as a testament to Ghana’s rich heritage and pays homage to a visionary leader who played a pivotal role in the country’s history. Its transformation not only promises an enhanced visitor experience but also underscores the government’s commitment to utilizing tourism as a powerful force for economic growth.

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