During our first week in Ghana, we stayed in Accra and explored many sites. On our very first day in Accra, The places we visited included the WEB Du Bois’ museum, the museum of science and technology (which however was closed for renovation), Accra’s central big market, Ghana’s first lighthouse in James Town, Buka restaurant where we ate lunch, Kwame Nkrumah’s Mausoleum, and the crafts markets.
Visiting Both Du Bois’ museum and Nkrumah’s Mausoleum were really helpful in giving me a better understanding of the history of the country, as well as the beginnings of civil rights and Pan African movements. I will remember Du Bois as the pioneer of Pan African Encyclopedia, and Nkrumah as a great visionary who started the movement for independence not only for his country, but also for Africa in general. Learning about their biographies and contributions was also a reminder and awakening that the rights and equality they so much fought for, the freedom and unity they desired for people of African descent, and their desire for a more egalitarian world is still ongoing and it is up to us, the younger generation, to keep working towards such values and aspirations to better our world. I related a lot with Du Bois’ last statement, which stays: “One thing alone I charge you. As you live, believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life. The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long”. I was also inspired by Nkrumah’s statement, who towards the end of his life, perceived his efforts as “unfinished work”. This reinforces my thought that we are still working towards better ends and our generation can contribute. Yet, we can also recognize that to some of extent, we are already benefiting from the fruit of their fights and the values they stood up for because today, Ghana and all African countries are independent in terms of their government, and Pan Africanism is slowly allowing cooperation and collaboration within people of African descent throughout the world.