Accra

Accra

Etymology

The capital and most populous city of Ghana, with an estimated urban population of 2.27 million as of 2012. It is also the capital of the Greater Accra Region and of the Accra Metropolis District, with which it is conterminous. Accra is furthermore the anchor of a larger metropolitan area, the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA),[8] which is inhabited by about 4 million people and the thirteenth-largest metropolitan area in Africa. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Accra Afropolitan Lifestyle Meetup – Are you a new Afropolitan? If you feel like we’re talking to you, join us and meet up with similar minded people. We will connect, collaborate, draw attention to what we stand for and share our experiences with the entire globe as a global culture incubator. [meetup]

Accra Co-Ed Sports Meetup – This meet-up is for the young professionals looking to stay active in a less competitive atmosphere. This not a club-level league, but mostly for those who want to learn, may have had some sports background, but mostly want to have-fun and stay fit. Games are co-ed. [meetup]

Accra Gas and Oil Meetup – Ghana started Drilling oil in its western parts for commercial quantity not so long. The Oil and Gas market is still growing and hence this group meet ups will be for both investors and upcoming business entities that is fresh to this field and will want to learn more about how they can be part of this new market. [meetup]

Accra Musicians Network – Accra Musicians Network (AMN) will be discussing what goes on in the Ghana music industry, who is doing what, the latest hits, trending etc. AMN will serve as a connecting hub for both the professionals and amateurs. we hope to see a bright and a solid platform everybody can share their thoughts through music to create fun and convey happiness. [meetup]

Design Thinking Ghana Meetup – Calling all DT lovers! Let’s get together to talk about design thinking, what is going on locally and internationally, move some post-it notes around, create POVs and reimagine things. [meetup]

Next Money ACR – Come together to discuss the intersection of banking, design and technology in creative spaces, with inspiring people, talking about really interesting and global topics, with a few drinks to boot. Casual, entrepreneurial, inquisitive minds are welcome! We run events all over the world, with an event on your continent or in your city coming soon. [meetup]

Open University of West Africa – A group dedicated to building today and the future through Open(online) Educational Resources. [meetup]

The Catalysts (Young Social Entrepreneurs) – It is not easy to start a social project. Sometimes,you wish you have a helping hand to tell you lets move on…This group is for young social Entrepreneurs who are change agents and are challenging the status quo in Ghana. Its all about sharing ideas and motivating ourselves in this sector. [meetup]

The Young African (21-35), Accra – Starting in London back in June 2013, The Young African began life as a platform dedicated purely to recreating the social aspect of university life for the recent-graduate/post-graduate-turned-full-time-employee. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Afro Romance – If you are in Ghana and struggling to find a play mate, never fear, AfroRomance is here. We make meeting sexy singles in your area quick and easy – do it today! They say love is all you need, and we say AfroRomance is all you need to get love. We specialise in helping people from different ethnicities find each other. At AfroRomance we even allow people to join, create a profile, and browse other member profiles for free so they can see if our database is for them with absolutely no risk. [afro romance]

FirstMet – Meeting singles from Ghana has never been easier. Welcome to the simplest online dating site to date, flirt, or just chat with Ghana singles. It’s free to register, view photos, and send messages to single men and women in Ghana! [firstmet]

Ghana Love – At GhanaLove.com, we excel at helping you find your match safely and quickly. Through our extensive profiles, members can learn about each other before meeting in person. Our great quality assurance and customer service means all you have to worry about is looking good in your photo. [ghana love]

Sweeedy – Sweeedy is Ghana’s First Premium Online Dating Website (Social Discovery Website) which helps Single Ghanaian’s (Home and Abroad) and other Nationals to find Cherished Relationships that will most likely lead to Marriages. [sweeedy]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Ashanti African Tours – Our hiking tours are designed for you to see the real Ghana whilst being immersed in the culture and beliefs of the people in this part of West Africa. Our journey takes us off the beaten track to places rarely visited by tourists and you can be sure of a warm welcome from the local communities we pass through. Your guide will have exceptional knowledge of the flora and fauna we stumble across and will delight in identifying bird, butterfly, plant and tree species for you. [ashanti african tours]

Easy Track Ghana – Sometimes you only have a day or so available. Or perhaps you wish to stay in the comfort of Accra and make various day-trips. Here are some options you can try. [easy track ghana]

Urban Adventures – The slave trade may have been abolished centuries ago, but the evidence of the slave trade still stands in Africa. Join this Accra tour to see the forts and dungeons which once held masses of people, destined for a life on another continent, as well as the Museum of Slavery, which is strangely enough housed in a building built by slaves. [urban adventures]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Artists Alliance Gallery – If you are at all interested in contemporary art or fine art, you will be blown away by the Artists Alliance Gallery. I spent half a day here, and could not got enough. [about travel]

Fantasy Coffin Workshop – You must try and visit a fantasy coffin workshop, there are a couple in Accra. I went to one on the Accra-Tema beach road in the Labadi area. It’s just opposite the Artists Alliance Gallery (see above). [about travel]

Jamestown – Jamestown is an intense section of Accra, loaded with history and riddled with poverty. I had a guide with me when I wandered around here, probably not necessary, but it made exploring more fun since I had company. [about travel]

Labadi Beach – My first Accra experience was at Labadi beach. I’d just come off a long haul flight from the US and wanted to get a late lunch. I navigated the a tro tro system with some local help, and headed to Accra’s most popular beach. [about travel]

Makola Market – Bring along a sense of humor, and leave your camera and valuables behind, Makola market is fantastically hectic. Everything you ever thought could possibly be bought or sold can be found here. [about travel]

National Museum of Ghana – The National Museum is quite informative, especially about the history of the Atlantic slave-trade. The cultural exhibits are also interesting and give a good insight into the ethnographic diversity that makes up modern day Ghana. [about travel]

Oxford Street, Osu – It’s hip and happening on Oxford Street (Cantonments Road) in the upmarket area of Osu. Some of Accra’s best restaurants, bars and shops are on this drag. [about travel]

University of Ghana, Legon – The University of Ghana is actually a little outside of Accra center, in an area called Legon. It’s easy to get a tro-tro out there, and worth it in my opinion. [about travel]

Watch a Soccer Match – Soccer is a national obsession in Ghana. While most of the best Ghanaian players have been snapped up by European teams, you may still catch Michael Essien or André Ayew play during a World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations play-off game. [about travel]

W.E.B Du Bois Center – I really enjoyed my visit to the old residence, now museum, of W.E.B Du Bois. I did not know too much about the American civil rights leader and Pan-Africanist before going to the museum. Du Bois was invited to live in Ghana by Ghana’s first President, Nkrumah in 1961. [about travel]

Festivals

Festivals

Homowo Festivals – The famous Homowo festival takes place in August and September every year in Accra. [ghana grio]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Buses – Buses in Ghana are generally comfortable, fast and safe, however tickets cost between GHS14 (US$6) and GHS24 (US$10.50), depending on what type of bus you choose.  Expats and travellers should remember buses in Ghana charge an extra fee for luggage. [just landed]

Taxis – The most efficient way to travel in the cities is probably taking a taxi and they are everywhere! Some taxis are metered and registered while other taxis are not registered and prices should negotiated. [just landed]

Tro tros – Tro tros are private owned minivans that hold approximately 16 to 24 people and are designed to hold as much luggage as people. Tro tros are uncomfortable, and somewhat dangerous, but offer a very exciting adventure, therefore they are recommended for short journeys only. [just landed]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Accra Corporate Social Responsibility Meetup – This group is for professionals in Ghana who work in Corporate Social Responsibility (aka Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Sustainability) and its various forms. Through monthly networking gatherings in a casual setting, we will hopefully get together to listen to a speaker and then share ideas about CSR and network among an informed group. [meetup]

Accra R Users Group – We are the local R user group for Accra, Ghana. [meetup]

Accra Startup Founder 101 – In this group you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. In addition, you can meet local founders, exchange ideas, get feedback, engage in startup workshops, meet business partners, and more. [meetup]

Accra WordPress Meetup – We’re a group of local WordPress developers, designers, and publishers who get together to share our knowledge and experience, and to meet other WordPress users in the area. This WordPress Meetup is open to all who love WordPress — join us! [meetup]

Ghana Salesforce Developer Group – We’re a group for all developers seeking knowledge in Salesforce platform. We welcome experts and new developers as well as students to the Salesforce platform who want to learn how to build apps and integrate other cloud platforms with Salesforce. We will talk all about Salesforce, have workshops, discuss concerns, and also get some cool swag and other exclusives from Salesforce! [meetup]

Meteor Ghana – Meet other developers using Meteor. Share your knowledge, apps, and get feedback from others. Meteor is an open-source platform for building top-quality web apps in a fraction of the time, whether you’re an expert developer or just getting started. [meetup]

Startup Grind in Accra – Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors. [meetup]

Women Who Code Accra – Women Who Code is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. The organization tripled in 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest communities of women engineers in the world. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Accra Expat – Be home to and the communication point for all members and groups of Ghana’s expatriate community. [accra expat]

Expats & International Friends club, Accra-Ghana – Come meet new people and start new friendships. Spice up your life, come mingle and chill in selected bars and lounges across Accra’s ever changing landscape while enjoying the cool ambience of Accra by night! [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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