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Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

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Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is located in Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Location within Ghana
Established1 July 1992 (1992-07-01)
DissolvedThe Museum was shutdown for one year for renovations and was opened to the public on the 4th of July 2023. The newly renovated Museum was commissioned by the president of Ghana, Pre. Akufo Addo.[1]
LocationAccra, Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Kwame Nkrumah's grave inside the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial in Accra

The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Memorial Park is located in downtown Accra, the capital of Ghana.[2][3][4] Over the years, the park has attracted visitors from around the world, with an annual count of approximately 98,000 individuals who visit to pay homage to Ghana's first President, and learn about his life and legacy. As one of the top 10 most visited sites in the country, the park holds immense cultural and historical significance.[5]

The mausoleum, originally designed by Dr. E. G. A. Don Arthur,[6][7][8] is the centerpiece of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and houses the final remains of the first President and his wife, Fathia Nkrumah.[9]

History

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Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum

The Mausoleum is dedicated to the prominent Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah.[10][2] The memorial complex was dedicated in 1992, and is situated on the site of the former British colonial polo grounds in Accra.[11] It is five acres in size.[12]

It is the spot where Nkrumah made the declaration of Ghana's independence. On the premises is a museum that has on display objects from various stages of his life.[12] The building is meant to represent an upside down sword, which in Akan culture is a symbol of peace.[6] The mausoleum is clad from top to bottom with Italian marble, with a black star at its apex to symbolize unity. The interior boasts marble flooring and a mini mastaba looking marble grave marker, surrounded by river-washed rocks. A skylight at the top in the mausoleum illuminates the grave. The mausoleum is surrounded by water, a symbol of life.[3]

Nkrumah's political journey began after twelve years abroad, where he pursued higher education and refined his political philosophy. On his return to the Gold Coast, he established the Convention People's Party, quickly winning over the masses with his promise of national independence. Nkrumah's vision came to fruition in 1957 when the Gold Coast declared independence from Britain, and in 1960, Ghanaians elected Nkrumah as their president under a new constitution.[1]

Dissolution

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Despite its popularity, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park did not undergo significant renovation in its 25-year existence. Issues such as malfunctioning fountains, leaky roofs in the museum, and deteriorating facilities impacted the overall visitor experience.[13][14]

On the 28th of May 2022, the government through its Ministry of Tourism closed down the Nkrumah Mausoleum to a temporary renovation.[15][16][17][18]

Face lift

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A year later after its closure, what appeared to be a standard facelift and refurbishment was opened to the public on the 4th of July 2023 with a redesign by Bethel Maphrey[19][20] [21][22] The facelift cost an estimated US$3.5 million, which was part of a US$40 million World Bank development project fund for the development of tourism in various countries.[23][24][13][25]

The Ministry of Tourism anticipates the facelift to help generate US$3.4 billion in tourism generated revenue.[23]

New Features

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The newly refurbished facility boasts of an array of facelifts and additional features:[26][27]

  1. A Presidential Library
  2. A reception facility
  3. An amphitheater
  4. A restaurant
  5. Freedom Hall
  6. Digitalized payment and access system.
  7. Audio-visual tunnel
  8. A gift shop

References

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  1. ^ "Reviving Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum: Ghana's Founding Father Honored". Retrieved 2023-08-29.
  2. ^ a b Online, Peace FM. "Walking You Through Accra's Beautiful Attractions". Peacefmonline.com - Ghana news. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum". touringghana.com. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  4. ^ "Visit Ghana - Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park". Visit Ghana. Retrieved 2023-10-18.
  5. ^ "Check out photos of the renovated Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2023-07-06.
  6. ^ a b "Visit Ghana - Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park". Visit Ghana. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  7. ^ Pocu, Kojo (2023-05-28). "Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum – Accra - Mr. Pocu Blog". mrpocu.com. Retrieved 2023-07-22.
  8. ^ Lentz, Carola (2017-09-01). "Ghanaian "Monument Wars"". Cahiers d'études africaines (227): 551–582. doi:10.4000/etudesafricaines.20822. ISSN 0008-0055.
  9. ^ "Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum Decays". Retrieved 2023-08-29.
  10. ^ Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Ghana Archived 2018-05-01 at the Wayback Machine at www.odyssei.com.
  11. ^ Hess, Janet (2000). "Imagining Architecture: The Structure of Nationalism in Accra, Ghana". Africa Today. 47 (2): 35–58. doi:10.1353/at.2000.0045. JSTOR 4187331. S2CID 143549189.
  12. ^ a b "Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra". www.kempinski.com. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  13. ^ a b "Check out photos of the renovated Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2023-09-07.
  14. ^ "Akufo-Addo to commission redeveloped Kwame Nkrumah memorial park". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. 2023-07-03. Retrieved 2023-09-07.
  15. ^ "Nkrumah Mausoleum closed for renovations". Retrieved 2023-08-29.
  16. ^ "Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park closed for renovation works". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. 2022-05-28. Retrieved 2023-10-18.
  17. ^ Online, Peace FM. "Nkrumah Mausoleum Undergoes Expansion - Tourism Minister Cuts Sod For Modernisation". Peacefmonline.com - Ghana news. Retrieved 2023-10-18.
  18. ^ "Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park closed". GhanaWeb. 2022-05-28. Retrieved 2023-10-18.
  19. ^ "renovated Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum opened to the public". Retrieved 2023-08-29.
  20. ^ "29 year architect who redesigned the Nkrumah Park". Retrieved 2023-08-29.
  21. ^ "Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum: A welcoming haven celebrating Ghana's first President". Retrieved 2023-08-30.
  22. ^ "Meet the 29-year-old architect who redesigned Nkrumah Memorial Park". GhanaWeb. 2023-07-23. Retrieved 2023-09-07.
  23. ^ a b "US$3 million reconstructed Nkrumah Mausoleum opens in June". GhanaWeb. 2023-04-17. Retrieved 2023-09-07.
  24. ^ "Why entry fee for Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park increased by 500%". GhanaWeb. 2023-07-13. Retrieved 2023-09-07.
  25. ^ "Akufo-Addo commissions redeveloped Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. 2023-07-04. Retrieved 2023-09-07.
  26. ^ Zurek, Kweku (11 July 2023). "Refurbished Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park opens for public access". Graphic Online. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  27. ^ "President Akufo-Addo to commission redeveloped Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park". GhanaWeb. 2023-07-03. Retrieved 2023-09-07.
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