A Day Off At The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and memorial park is dedicated to the first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. It was designed by Don Aurthur and it houses the body of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his wife Fathia Nkrumah. The park is located in Accra, directly opposite the old Parliament house now known as the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice(CHRAJ) and situated in between the cultural and arts center on the east and on the west are the offices of the Accra metropolitan assembly.
The Mausoleum is meant to represent an upside down sword which in the Akan culture is a symbol of peace. It’s clad from top to bottom with Italian marbles with a black star at its apex to symbolize unity. The interior of the Mausoleum boasts marble flooring and a mini mastaba looking marble grave marker surrounded by river washed rocks.
The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is surrounded by water which is a symbol of life(As at February 2016 when I visited, the water had dried up, it can be refilled anyway). Its presence conveys a sense of immortality for the name Nkrumah. It shows that even in death he lives on in the hearts and minds of generations here and generations yet to come.
What’s inside the Nkrumah Museum?.
First off, let bring to your notice that photography isn’t allowed in the museum so stuck your phone somewhere before you enter to avoid trouble.
Now answering my own question, The Museum houses the personal belongings and publications of Ghana’s first president (furniture’s he used while in university, the smock he wore when he declared Ghana’s independence on the 6th of march 1957 among others) and pictures showing his life history. Some of these pictures of Dr. Nkrumah are with some of the most famous people of his time.