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IU Students Visit Ghana
By Abdul Salam Sule, Ghanadot
Accra, May 21, Ghanadot - Some students of Indiana University in the United States of America are in Ghana to tour some of the historical sites in the country and also learn more about its culture. The tour according to the visiting students is in relation to their course of study at the university.
As part of the tour, the students visited the Odweanoma mountain at Kwahu Atibie in the Eastern Region and they took the opportunity to learn more about slave trade that took place in the area as some of the slaves were reported to have been kept in some of the caves in the Odweanoma mountain.
They also visited the palace of the Chief of Kwahu Tafo, Nana Ameyaw Djansi Amah III and durbar was organised in their honour where they had real encounter with the Ghanaian culture.The Chief of Kwahu Tafo explained to the visiting students chieftaincy issues in Ghana and stressed more on Ghanaian culture and its positive effect on Ghanaians.
The visiting students had the opportunity of visiting the funeral grounds at Kwahu Atibie to learn how Ghanaians performed funerals.The group uses the opportunity to learn and dance some of the local funeral songs.
In an interview with the leader of the students group, Dr Virginia M. Blanc who is the Interim Director at Indiana Unversity U.S.A, she stated that, the purpose of the visit was to enable the students learn more about Ghanaian culture and some of its historical sites.
Dr Virginia said, their visit was to also learn about slave trade in Ghana and how it affected the African diaspora around the world especially the United States of America.
Mr Philip A. Seabrook, the assistant vice president of Pre-collegiate Iniatives for his part intimated that their visit was not only to learn but to also do a charitable work. As part of their charitable work, the visiting students have donated two computers to Bepong Senior High school and an undisclosed amount of money to help improve studies in the school.
The Kwahu South District Chief Executive who took the visiting students to tour the area declared the preparedness of his outfit to rehabilitate the Odwaenoma tourist centre to attract tourists to the area which he said abounds with tourist sites.
He revealed, the Odweanoma mountain would become one of the biggest tourist sites in the country if the needed facelift was given and promised to provide the facelift.
Before filing this report, the visiting students from the Indiana University, U.S.A are yet to visit other tourist sites at Akosombo, Paga, Bolgatanga, Tamale, Wa and Takyiman and they are to spend one month in Ghana.
Revised: May 26, 2009
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