Accra is the largest city in Ghana and has changed rule numerous times over the years. This cultural influence has molded it into the place it is today, a sprawling metropolis full of interesting history that stretches out across the beaches and delta.
Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about it.
#1:. W.E.B. DUBOIS IS BURIED IN ACCRA
The famous American sociologist and Pan-Africanist Dubois spent his last few years living in Accra. Unfortunately he passed away in 1963 at the age of 95.
He was buried in Accra near his home that now serves as the Du Bois Memorial Centre — a must-see if you’re in the city.
#2:. EARTHQUAKES ALMOST DESTROYED THE CITY
Like San Francisco, large earthquakes almost destroyed the city — multiple times no less. In 1862, a 6.5 earthquake rocked the city and almost every stone building in the city tumbled to the ground.
Other major earthquakes took a toll on the city in the years of 1906 and 1939. There hasn’t been a major earthquake since, but the “big one” should be on people’s minds.