Black Star Gate in Accra, Ghana

Black Star Gate

Black Star Gate is part of Black Star Square (Independence Square) in Accra, Ghana. The monument is topped by the Black Star of Africa, a five-pointed star representing Africa in general and particularly Ghana itself. It has the inscription “AD 1957” and “Freedom and Justice”, in 1957, Kwame Nkrumah became the first prime minister and president of Gold Coast, now Ghana after gaining independence from the British. The Black Star Gate was commissioned by Kwame Nkrumah to indicate the country’s supreme power to control its own affairs.

In Black Star Square are stands that can seat 30,000 people. The square has three monuments representing independence and liberation. These are Independence Arch, the Liberation Day Monument and Black Star Gate. A statue of a soldier facing the Independence Arch symbolizes the Ghanaians who lost their lives fighting for Ghana’s independence.

Enjoy this slideshow of photos from Black Star Square, and check the other sets I’ll be posting, as time permits, from my trip to Ghana.

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