Today, Fifi and Francis took us to the Art Center and the Nkrume Memorial in Accra. After driving around Accra, we made it into the Art Center. The Art Center is essentially a market that sells all sorts of Ghanaian textiles and artwork. At the Art Center, I bought Ghanaian clothing to bring back home to Michael and Rebecca (and a Ghanaian shirt and flag for myself!). We walked around, looked at masks and other wooden sculptures, and then walked back and bumped into a guy selling these traditional musical instruments. They were hollowed-out cones of some kind, filled with something to make a rattling noise, and tied together with a string. He played them by spinning them around his hands, with one of the gourds in his hand. He gave us a demonstration, and taught us how to use them – and then cursed out Francis when we walked away without buying them.
We then went to next door to the Nkrume Memorial. As we walked in, we noticed a wedding party ahead of us – we followed them, and took a couple of pictures as they took their bridal party portraits. We then toured the museum and the park dedicated to Nkrume. On our way back, we stopped by the Accra Mall, and then visited Francis’ family’s store to see his family.
After lunch, we stopped at a roadside cafe for some drinks, and had some Ghanaian kebabs to go along with our drinks – they were delicious, spicy, and something to try again later. The boys came back later that night to take the Davidson girls out to see the nightlife – I stayed home with the elders and watched part of African Apprentice!.