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Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum Is Undergoing A New Expansion Phase

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Work has just started on the renovation and modernisation of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra-Ghana.

Expected to be finished in nine months, the $3-million project involves the building of another Presidential Library, an educational hub, a new café and a VVIP lounge.

Other expansions are a creative freedom wall and a music and light wellspring to help night tourism at the recreation area.

Financing for the restoration was given by the World Bank under the Ghana Tourism Development Project.

The commemoration park is a tourism destination, but support of the office has not been empowering, bringing about its unfortunate state.

In May 2022, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture shut the recreation centre until additional notification for significant redesign works.

During the launch of Destination Ghana, one of the government’s flagship projects in the tourism sector, in London, United Kingdom, on April 3, 2022, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had announced that this year alone the government would spend about $25 million to upgrade some of the country’s iconic sites, including the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park.

Built in 1991 by the Jerry Rawlings-led Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government, the park, which sits at the Old Polo Grounds and covers an area of 5.3 acres, is where Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, flanked by his comrades in the Convention People’s Party (CPP) — Kojo Botsio, Komla Agbeli Gbedemah, Archie Casely- Hayford and Krobo Edusei — declared Ghana’s independence on March 6, 1957 before a huge ecstatic crowd.

The memorial park is the last resting spot of the ex-President and his better half, Fathia Nkrumah, and has intriguing antiquities connecting with Ghana’s autonomy.

The remaining parts of the ex-President, which were initially entombed in his hometown, Nkroful in the Western Region, were moved to the sepulcher that was constructed at the park.

The project is expected to create an additional 50 direct jobs, and would help boost domestic and international tourism and improve the country’ rating as an investment and trade destination.

The rehabilitated park would befit the status of Dr Nkrumah and also give apt recognition to the country’s other founding fathers, namely: Edward Akufo-Addo, Ako Adjei, Obetsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori-Atta and Dr J.B. Danquah.

The park will also concretise the Pan-African Triangular Centre — the George Padmore Library, the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre for Pan-Africanism and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park — thereby consolidating Ghana’s position as the foremost centre of Pan-Africanism and Diaspora research,” he said.

The park would be opened by March 2023 to coincide with the country’s independence anniversary.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park was registering an average of 98,000 guests yearly.

Ada Foah Ghana – A One In All Tourism Area!!

Authorities anticipate that the number of guests to the recreation area will increase from the current figure to 400,000 after the renovation works.

This requires that they put in place a strategic plan to promote the park locally and internationally.

With the resumption of international travels, it is anticipated that the country would have about one million international arrivals this year, with a corresponding tourism receipt of over $2 billion.

Tourism is the third largest contributor to economic activity in Ghana. If people will get jobs and earn income, the third largest part of our economy that ensures that that happens is the tourism sector.

Ghana is poised to invest in developing the infrastructure and sites to attract people from all over the world.

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