City tour of Accra.
Accra, the capital of Ghana, is an interesting city that, although is quickly evolving, has kept its own identity, reflected in both modern and old areas where traditional activities continue to hold sway.
The luxuriant administrative area is punctuated with elegant villas built during the first half of the 19th century, echoing back to the Ghana that one of the most flourishing British colonies in West Africa.
We will visit the area of the coffin makers, with their elaborately shaped coffins representing fruits, animals, fish, cars, airplanes…. and the only limit is the intended occupant’s imagination. Originally coming from Africa, these flamboyant coffin designs are part of collections all over the world and exhibited in museums.
We have scheduled a visit to the National Museum, one of the first works of independent Ghana. It is particularly interesting as it was created to spread Ghanaian art to the rest of the continent and to show that African history is part of the general history of Humanity.
The life of the native people unfolds facing the ocean: a village surrounded by a city! Here, economic activities follow different rules than those governing “the city” (business area), only hundreds of meters away.
We will head towards the Volta region to attend a Voodoo ceremony.
Voodoo is a religion passed on by the ancestors and still enthusiastically practiced today. This religion is much richer and more complex than all the European clichés that claim that Voodoo is only a vulgar form of black magic. It is quite the opposite, as Voodoo is a religion that gives meaning to the life of millions of people all over the world. We will go deep into the African “bush” to discover this cult and, in the heart of a remote village we will attend an authentic Voodoo ceremony. During the ceremony, along with the sound of the drums and the incantatory songs, Sakpata, Heviesso, Mami Water and other Vodun spirits may take possession of the adepts giving way to truly amazing trances; eyes rolling back, grimaces, convulsions, insensitivity to fire or pain.