So I arrived at the grounds with so many expectations. I had followed and watched highlights of the Ngmayem festival on television. I was so anxious to be a part of it. Of course, I expected a huge crowd, but thankfully, the crowd control barrier was there to calm things down. A melodious sound interspersed with songspiel welcomed me to the grounds of the Ngmayem festival.
In the capital of Ghana, Accra, I drove for seven hours to an endless charming village with forests on the surface of the water and sighed with relief. I placed out of the boat, waited patiently for it to turn to the opposite side, pulled my small bag out of the canoe, and headed straight for the village of Nzulezu, Ghana. It's about 15 minutes drive and 25 minute walk to this frabjous stilt. Here we go, half the fun. Nzulezu is located in the middle of Lake Amansuri and is made entirely of wood with traces of raffia. Nzulezu has a special atmosphere to celebrate all visitors. The village of Nzuleza on the Tandane Lake hill is about a 35 minute canoe ride from Beyin near this extraordinary stilts. Nzulezu means "surface of the water" in the language of Nzema in Ghana. An impressive feature of Nzulezu’s charm is that the wooden rooms are five meters above the lake.
I remember what I heard when I was a cute, little boy about the story of David and Goliath. I was so fascinated about the trend of the story, especially when little David overpowered the giant Goliath. The Valley of Elah is exactly where this 3,000 year old show took place. It is widely identified as the place of the battle between David and Goliath. So what is Elah? Elah means terebinth, a Mediterranean tree which is found in this area. Situated here is a small stream right in the center of the Valley.
When I look at the architectural design of the Royal Senchi Resort, I fully grasped why Ghana was declared one of the hottest new tourist destinations in the world in 2019. The resort is charming and offers beautiful scenery and a peaceful environment. From the entrance, customer service has always been very good from the first moment.
At the mention of Kente, the first thought is the Asantes from Ghana. Yes, there are several groups that are also associated with Kente, but the Asantes are more in touch with Kente cloth than anyone else. It was created 375 years ago, in a village called Bonwire in Ghana-Asante region, and was established between 1701 and 1717. This was when the Asante King (Asantehene), Nana Osei Tutu I was in power. Interestingly, the first kente cloth was made of raffia fiber and only belonged to the Asante clan. Years later, there was a redesign of the cloth.
A headset was firmly attached to my ear as I was listening to a documentary about a historical destination on BBC radio. During this time, we were almost on our way to the Whistling Rocks and Shrines. Shortly before the start of a turn, we found some excellent huge stones at close range. I was immediately fascinated by this scene. This is the Upper East region of Ghana. It is located in the north of the country, and is the second smallest administrative district in 10 districts of Ghana. The rocks sound like the blast of a whistle of a soccer referee. Tongo Whistling Rocks and Shrines is the claim to fame. The amazing part in the center of this attraction is that the Holy Land and the Heavy Stone are combined where you can go through the ritual process, and experience a feeling of luck, protection, and prosperity. Interestingly, religious customs are carried out carefully in different dimensions. People have to go semi-naked, and be blessed as they want.