Seeped in history, Cape Coast, especially Elmina where I visited, remains original to its culture, history and its people. A proud fishing district.

I visited Elmina Castle, a former slave castle owned by the Portuguese and Dutch from 1471 to 1814. Around 300,000 slaves passed through the castle a year. Millions of men, women and children taken in the most inhumane way in modern history.

There is nothing like stepping into the claustrophobic dungeons and constrictive death chambers of the slaves who were captured. Tears were shed.

Walking through Elmina Castle reminded me that it is better to face dark history than turn your back on it

 

Travel details: Take an air conditioned bus from Kaneshie, Accra for GHc 25 (£5) for a three hour drive to Elmina, then take a taxi from the bus stop to Elmina Castle for GHc 15 (£3) (it’s about a 15 minute journey and make sure you haggle!). Entry into the castle is GHc 5 (£1) for Ghanaians and GHc 40 (£8) for non-Ghanaians.

Lest we forget happened 546 years ago. The effects are still felt to this day.

Extraordinary.

 

Tiffany Afia 

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