<![CDATA[ElminaCastle.info - Elmina Tourism News]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:10:03 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[Chief demands share of Elmina Castle Tourist proceeds from gov't]]>Tue, 14 Jul 2015 22:48:17 GMThttp://elminacastle.info/1/post/2015/07/chief-demands-share-of-elmina-castle-tourist-proceeds-from-govt.htmlAddressing thousands of people at a Durbar to climax this year’s Bakatue Festival at Elmina in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipal Assembly (KEEA) of the Central Region over the weekend, the paramount chief Nana Kodwo Condua VI appealed to government to give the people of Edina their own share of Elmina Castle Tourist proceeds to assist them in developing the area.
According to Nana Kodwo Condua VI the castle is one of the most visited tourist sites in the country, yet Elmina, the town in which it is located, does not receive any quota of the revenue generated to facilitate its development.

He recalled that during former President John Agyekum Kufuor's administration, some moneys were given to the town after a similar appeal was made, but the NDC government then led by the late Prof. John Evans Attah Mills with no reason cancelled all agreements and nothing has been received again ever since. 

‘This means the government owes the people of Edina a lot of money and it a serious judgment debt. I don’t expect political leaders to politicize this because it was painful to lose all moneys to government and yet don’t see anything the money been used for in Edina. Isn’t that painful to have a mango in front of your home and when it ripens, someone eats the fruits alone?’he asked proverbially.

He called on government to establish the fund again for them for the people of Edina to enjoy their quota through developments in KEEA. 

He said they need waste management vehicles to help with sanitation challenges.

‘It’s either government comes to our aid in solving these problems or we go for funds elsewhere for government to come and settle the debt from the proceeds they make from the Elmina Castle’ he said.

He further stated that this year’s Bakatue festival has been about development and growing of businesses in Edina.

He commended Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom for his dedication and the numerous developmental projects he has brought and is still bring to the Edina land. 

He also acknowledged GN Groupe for sponsoring and making the festival a colourful one since their efforts to get sponsorship from other corporate bodies and companies were turned down.

Hon. Nii Lantey Vandepuaye on behalf of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development commended the chief for his efforts in developing the Edina land and keeping it peaceful. 

He went on to promise that the chief’s concerns on waste vehicles would be provided as soon as possible. 

He also pointed out that the places of convenience for the people in his last visit were very deplorable and for that matter arrangements have been made to reconstruct a new toilet facility for the people. 

He also said laws are been put in place to ensure the national sanitation day a very important thing in the life of every Ghanaian.

Drawing the curtains down at the Durbar, Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum, 2012 flag-bearer of the Progressive People's Party, and Chairman of Groupe Ndoum which was the main sponsor of this year's festival, in a speech said they would go all out in ensuring that there are jobs in Elmina. 

The president of the republic of Elmina as he is referred to further stated that aside Fresh-Park and other companies that are in Elmina, GN is ensuring the people that very soon Television will be manufactured in Edina, the first digital decoder will also be assembled there as well. 

‘The Bakatue 2016 if God willing will witness cutting of sod of a University so our people can be educated here. I’m also going to do all it takes to get Elmina Sharks into the premier league so they can also compete with the likes of Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oaks’ he stated.
<![CDATA[Coconut Groove Hotels clean Elmina]]>Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:42:32 GMThttp://elminacastle.info/1/post/2015/07/coconut-groove-hotels-clean-elmina.htmlManagement and staff of Coconut Grove Hotels on Tuesday, June 30, joined students and teachers from Edinaman Senior High School in Elmina in the Central region to clean the town and its environs.

The exercise, which commenced at 6:00 A.M., on the morning of the said day, was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
About 150 people took part in the exercise which covered the road leading to the Elmina Castle and the clearing of heaps of refuse within the town.

Speaking to Today in an interview after the exercise, Managing Director of Coconut Beach Resort, Mr. Victor Mintah, underscored the need to ensure a good healthy lifestyle habit.

That, he said, could be achieved through consistent education on good sanitation practices.

He stressed the need to have the exercise done regularly so as to help fight some opportunistic diseases like cholera, Malaria which normally come as a result of poor sanitation.

Mr. Mintah also seized the opportunity to advise residents in Elmina to refrain from disposing of refuse indiscriminately as it could bring negative effects on their health.

In the course of the exercise, Today observed that not a single chief from either Bantuma or Mbofra Akyinnim, all suburbs of Elmina, turned up for the exercise.

Against this backdrop, Mr. Mintah appealed to the chiefs in the area to support such communal exercise with their presence.

According to him, community leaders should get more involved in exercises of such nature.
Source: Today Newspaper Ghana
<![CDATA[Closure of Benya Bridge affects tourism at Elmina]]>Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:39:51 GMThttp://elminacastle.info/1/post/2015/02/closure-of-benya-bridge-affects-tourism-at-elmina.htmlConstruction work on the Benya Bridge at Elmina that leads to the Elmina Castle has contributed substantially to reduce patronage of the Elmina Castle by tourists, the Forts and Castles Division of the Ghana Museum and Monuments Board in Cape Coast told the GNA in an interview.
Work on the 75-metre bridge started on March 15 last year is scheduled to be completed in September this year and this has led to the closure of the main road to the castle.

The closure also means tourists have to use the Ataabadze road which, apart from its distance, is in a deplorable and compels the tourists to walk to the Castle.

Mr. Mark Amenyo-Xa, the assistant Administrative Secretary at the Division, said the number of tourist who visited the Elmina Castle declined from 73,830 in 2013 to 58,141 last year.

He said the Castle might continue to record low patronage especially from foreign tourists until the bridge is completed.

Mr. Amenyo-Xa said that 15,134 of the tourist who visited the Castle last year were foreigners and 43,004 Ghanaians.

He said Ghanaians had not embraced domestic tourism and appealed to all to show interest in domestic tourism.

Mr. Isaac Kweku Sam, the Municipal Chief Executive of the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem, said tourism would boom when the Bridge is completed and would be important to the fishing industry in the area.
Source: GNA
<![CDATA[Elmina Castle serves another major film]]>Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:46:27 GMThttp://elminacastle.info/1/post/2014/10/elmina-castle-serves-another-major-film.htmlWith its solid, majestic walls constantly buffeted by the Atlantic Ocean, the Elmina Castle in the Central Region has always been a strong pull for tourists from all over the world.

With its solid, majestic walls constantly buffeted by the Atlantic Ocean, the Elmina Castle in the Central Region has always been a strong pull for tourists from all over the world.
Built by the Portuguese in 1482, the fortress that is the oldest European building in existence south of the Sahara, also has over the years, been a magnet for both documentary and feature filmmakers.

A major film shot there last August and September was the Danish-Ghanaian co-produced 'Gold Coast'.

Until just about a fortnight ago, shouts of ‘Quiet on the set,’ ‘Roll camera,’ and ‘action’, echoed across the big courtyard of the castle as the Danish and Ghanaian crew and cast worked hard to film a historical feature set around 1830.

“For stories of historical nature that bring Africans and Europeans together, the Elmina Castle with its rich history about contacts between Africa and Europe, offers a unique ambience for filming,” says writer/director Kwame Boadi, a co-producer on the 'Gold Coast' film.

“No matter where you come from, you cannot be told the story of the castle and not be touched by the layers of history embedded there. More significantly, the architecture of the castle and its location by the sea offers a lot of aesthetic value to filmmakers.”

One of the biggest films to have been produced in the Elmina Castle was Cobra Verde, the 1987 German-Ghanaian work that featured the great German actor, Klaus Kinski.

It was shown widely around the world, thus exposing the magnificent castle to people not already aware of its existence and grandeur.

Producers of 'Gold Coast' also say the film will be distributed worldwide upon completion by the middle of next year. There will be two premieres in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Accra respectively.

'Gold Coast' is about a Danish young man who has proposed marriage to a Danish woman. Before they marry; however, he is sent by the Danish king to the Gold Coast to help establish coffee plantations.

He realizes upon arrival that things are not as smooth-sailing as had been planned in Denmark.

His attitude changes towards his countrymen and their role in the colonies and he also begins to wonder whether to return to his fiancé in Denmark or stay in Africa with a beautiful local girl he has found.

Some known Ghanaian actors that played parts in the film included Wakefield Akuaku, Fred Amugi, Dominic Demordzi and Akorfa Edjeani-Asiedu.
Source: Daily Graphic Ghana
<![CDATA[Ghana Heritage Conservation Trust takes over endowment fund]]>Mon, 03 Mar 2014 23:51:08 GMThttp://elminacastle.info/1/post/2014/03/ghana-heritage-conservation-trust-takes-over-endowment-fund.htmlThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has officially handed over the oversight responsibility of a US$2-million endowment fund to the Ghana Heritage Conservation Trust (GHCT).
The endowment fund is to help the GHCT preserve and maintain Ghana’s forest reserve.

It is also to assist the trust in the preservation and conservation of Ghana’s heritage, particularly the development of tourism in the Central Region.

Ghana US ties

At the handover ceremony in Accra, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the GHCT, Mr Kojo Yankah, said the exercise was a very significant milestone in the historical links between Ghana and the United States of America.

As part of its commitment, Mr Yankah said the USAID was also providing funds for the preservation, conservation, protection and maintenance of the Cape Coast and the Elmina castles, Fort St Jago at Elmina, the Kakum National Park and the Assin Atandanso Resource Reserve, in collaboration with the Board of Trustees of the GHCT.

Since 1997, Mr Yankah noted, the trust had judiciously pursued its mandate, in collaboration with organisations such as the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, and also applied interest on the endowment fund received earlier, together with its own internally generated revenue, to support a number of community projects.

He mentioned the construction of classroom blocks, a 50-seater Information and Communications Technology centre, as well as the maintenance of the Kakum National Park area as some of the projects embarked on by the GHCT.

Mr Yankah indicated that in the next couple of weeks, the board of trustees would make public its five-year strategic plan which was yet to be crafted with technical support from USAID Ghana.

“It will be clear from the plan how much time and effort we have invested in ensuring that the deed we signed with the USAID is implemented to the letter,” he added.

USAID Director

The USAID Ghana Economic Growth Office Director, Mr Peter Trenchard, said Ghana had been an important partner of the US in Africa for the past 50 years.

He said the USAID had also been committed to the vision of empowering Ghanaians to build a prosperous nation through programmes of good governance and economic growth.

He stated that with the kind of work done so far by the board of trustees, he was hopeful that the management would utilise the endowment fund appropriately.
Source: Daily Graphic Ghana
<![CDATA[Ghana Made rice farmers visit Elmina Castle]]>Tue, 21 May 2013 22:58:01 GMThttp://elminacastle.info/1/post/2013/05/ghana-made-rice-farmers-visit-elmina-castle.htmlMembers of the Ghana Made Rice Farmers Association and their families last Saturday visited the Elmina (or St. George’s) Castle in the Central Region and were given a tour of one the country’s most historic facilities by one of the officials at the castle.
The visit by the farmers, according to Mrs. Comfort Aniagyei, president of the association which is in line with driving the agenda for economic emancipation the African continent, was also aimed at getting the farmers to understand how Ghana became the first place in sub-Saharan Africa that Europeans arrived to first trade gold, and later slaves.

She continued that the trip, which was sponsored by GhanaMade, a Ghanaian-owned company that promotes and markets made in Ghana products, also afforded children of the farmers, especially those in school, to experience what their ancestors and those of other African countries went through during the period from when slavery was first introduced until its abolition 400 years later. “We at GhanaMade believe that this tour will go a long to help them in understanding what they were taught in class about slavery,” she stated.

Speaking to this paper after the tour of Ghana’s first-ever Castle, which was built by the Portuguese in the year 1482, Mrs Aniagyei remarked that our great-grandparents were developing at their own pace before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Describing it as most dehumanizing, she continued that the forced removal of Africans from their ancestral lands through the Middle Passage to Europe and the Americas may be considered the worst and most prolonged crime against humanity in recorded history.

“It truncated the development process of Africans over the centuries, and what prevails now is a world in which Africa – even though considered free politically – is still very much dependent on other nations for even basic needs like food and clothing,” Mrs.Aniagyei said.

She called on all descendants and friends of Africa to resolve that Never Again should Africans be considered inferior in any respect to other races. To ensure that this horrible history, which is still playing out on the African Continent, - although with an economic face - is not repeated, Mrs Aniagyei said it is important that Africa achieves total economic emancipation.

“This goal is non-negotiable if we are to avoid history repeating itself (under any guise). Indeed, as a famous son of Africa sang, “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, non but ourselves can free our minds” she noted.

She praised the rice farmers for their contribution toward the growth of production in the rice sector, quickly adding that by so doing they are individually and collectively helping make Ghana self-sufficient in the rice sub-sector.

“We at GhanaMade firmly believe that this will spur growth in the agricultural sub-sector. I hereby appeal to Ghanaians to patronise made-in-Ghana products for the overall economic development of Ghana,” she remarked.

Earlier on, the group was given a tour of the castle by one of its officials who narrated to them how the castle was erected by the Portuguese in 1482 as the first trading post on the Gulf of Guinea, which is considered as the oldest European building in existence below the Sahara.

The official told them that the castle later became the most important stop on the route of the Atlantic Slave trade. The Dutch according to the tour guide, seized the castle from the

Portuguese in 1637 and took over all the Portuguese Gold Coast in 1642. The slave trade reportedly continued under the Dutch until 1814 and in 1872 the Dutch Gold Coast including the castle became a possession of the British Empire.

The British, according to the castle tour guide’s narration, granted Gold Coast its independence in 1957 and control of the castle was transferred to the nation formed out of the colony, present-day Ghana. The castle is now considered a historical site and is reportedly recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

Most of the farmers and their families could not hide their joy at the privilege afforded them by GhanaMade who sponsored the trip. They told this paper that the visit had further deepened their knowledge about how their ancestors and those of other African countries were forcefully shipped out of Africa to be turned into slaves in other parts of the world.

They have all resolved to patronise made-in-Ghana products so as to help develop the country.