August 6, 2007 |
Even though it was early in the morning - about 1 or 1:30 a.m. last Wednesday, when our group arrived here - a troupe of African dancers and drummers was waiting to greet us after we got our bags at the airport. Everywhere, I saw and heard the word "Akwaba," which means welcome. And I did, indeed, feel welcome. As the drums pounded and the dancers swayed to the music, I began to feel something that up to that point I had not felt. In Egypt, I had felt that all these people were a part of my family.
May 11, 2001 |
Trapped under a crush of dead and dying soccer fans in a stadium stairwell in Accra, Ghana, Thomas Akazara gasped for air and began reciting "my last prayer. " Finally, he stuck his head through a railing and was able to breathe. "It was so bad, we couldn't stand it. We just thought we were doomed," the 39-year-old Akazara said from his mattress on a hospital floor yesterday, the day after 126 people were killed in Africa's worst sports disaster. Ghana's government declared three days of national mourning.
March 2, 2008 |
It was chilling. Standing in the bowels of Elmina Castle, looking at the Door of No Return, I pictured shackled slaves shuffling through the narrow dungeon exit to the beach and ships set to sail to the New World. Some were branded before being forced out of the fort's dank dungeons. A man on the tour offered a prayer for their souls. Others had left behind wreaths honoring the memories of those who did not survive weeks of cruelty and torture that preceded the arduous trip across the Atlantic Ocean to North and South America.
October 20, 1994 |
Borders Books & Music at 1149 Lancaster Ave., Rosemont, will celebrate Ghana with storyteller Sandy Taylor, who has just returned from a trip to Africa, at 11 a.m. Monday. The Upper Merion Cultural Center, at 3000 Valley Forge Circle, is continuing its Members' Exhibition during Gallery hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The exhibition ends Oct. 28. Call 610-783-7655 for more information.
June 24, 2010
Now that England, Slovenia and Algeria are in the past, the United States' next opponent will be Ghana, in a second-round game Saturday afternoon (2:30, ABC) in Rustenberg, South Africa. The teams have played once before, in a first-round game during the 2006 World Cup in Nuremburg, Germany. Ghana won the game, 2-1, with Clint Dempsey scoring the only American goal during the tournament. Ghana played that game without its greatest player, Chelsea star Michael Essian, who sat out with a red-card suspension.
February 14, 1990 |
During 28 years in West Africa, the Rev. Eugene E. Grau and his wife, Dorothy, witnessed dramatic political and social changes. They saw the Gold Coast, a colony administered as part of British Togoland, become the independent Republic of Ghana, a nation torn by coups, revolts and economic hardship. But it wasn't until last fall, 15 years after the Graus left Ghana, that they returned and saw the full measure of religious change - change for which they had worked so hard as Evangelical Presbyterian missionaries.
May 10, 2001 |
A stampede at a packed soccer match between two of Ghana's leading teams killed at least 100 people last night in Accra, hospital officials said. Accra Hearts was leading, 2-1, against Assante Kotoko with 5 minutes left when Assante supporters began throwing bottles and chairs onto the field. Police responded by firing tear gas, creating panic in the stands as spectators rushed to escape, witnesses said. The injured were rushed to hospitals, where officials said at least 100 people had been killed and many more injured.
August 10, 2007 |
On Monday, the d'Zert Club group had an extremely emotional experience visiting the Elmina and Cape Coast slave dungeons. This was perhaps the most spiritually and emotionally significant part of the trip. We had prepared for this moment by writing letters to our ancestors to remember why we had come here to Africa. We toured the Cape Coast dungeon. The tour guide said the once-hard stones of the floor had been softened by the accumulation of blood, feces and sweat of the slaves.
June 23, 2015 |
Kwesi Koomson has spent his whole adult life teaching at Westtown School. He met his wife, Melissa, there. This month, the couple quit their jobs with the support of their Quaker school's community to head to a school in a small village in Ghana on the northwest coast of Africa. Koomson, 40, founded Heritage Academy in 2004 in Breman Essiam, the village where he grew up and where his family still lives. Its tin-roof homes are made of cinder blocks, and most of the families in the rural village of about 5,000 earn no more than $2 a day. The Koomsons usually visit twice a year.
June 25, 2010 |
What: Second-round World Cup game. When: Tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. Where: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenberg, South Africa. TV: 6ABC, Univision. Radio: ESPN (950). For kicks: The U.S. won Group C with a win and two ties, with four goals scored, three allowed. Ghana was second in Group D with one win, loss and tie, with two goals scored and allowed . . . Landon Donovan leads the U.S. with two goals; Asamoah Gyan has scored both Ghanian goals, on penalty kicks . . . The teams have played only once before, a 2-1 win by Ghana in the 2006 Cup in Germany . . . From here on, games tied at the end of regulation move on to two 15-minute overtimes (played out; there's no sudden death)