A few weeks ago, our program took a trip to Kumasi which is located in the central region of Ghana. We left on a Friday afternoon and returned back to Accra on Sunday evening. During our trip, we visited a traditional Asante home, Manhyia Palace (a historical museum about the Asante Kingdom and the official residence of the Asante King, I’ll explain later), and Kejetia Market. I describe more about the trip and each location in the pictures below.
Our next stop was the Manhyia Palace. Guests are not allowed to take pictures inside so I have no pictures to present. What I can say is that we took a tour of the palace and learned about the history of the Asante kingdom. The palace also had life-sized replicas of past kings and queens which was cool to see. Something interesting that I learned about the Asante Kingdom is that they follow a matriarchal system. This means that your position in society is based upon your mother’s status. It’s very different from many other cultures around the world which use the patriarchal system. I thought that was amazing since I am a woman and I don’t know of many cultures that use a matriarchal system.
Our last destination was Kejetia market which is the largest market in West Africa. It was PACKED. So many people and so many stores and stalls. We all split up into groups to look around the market to make it easier since it’s such a busy place. I didn’t take pictures because it was so busy but I can tell you that it’s an experience. I purchased a large amount of shea butter for 20 cedis which is the equivalent of around $5. At one point, we lost someone but we were able to find her just as we were getting ready to reenter the market! I would recommend visiting this place with someone else or in a small group.
Overall, I really enjoyed the trip to Kumasi. The weather was cooler, I learned more about the Asante people and culture, and I made a great market purchase!