There is a lot to do around the city of Accra! NYU will keep you informed about many great cultural events. Take advantage of everything from traditional Ghanaian theater and music to something to connect you with home.
Some of the best shopping can be found in the marketplaces. Make a day of your trip, as you might need the time. Try to have a good sense of what things cost before you buy. You will save yourself from getting ripped off.
The Art Center
Wood-carving village in Aburi
The Harvest Festival in Cape Coast is where you get to see chiefs being carried on gold chairs. The whole city of Elmina is one big party during this time. Other times for celebration in Ghana are (believe it or not) funerals, when a person’s life - rather than his or her death - is honored with family, friends, dancing and LOTS of food! If you are invited to a funeral, consider yourself honored. Traditional clothing for this occasion is black and red, and this would be a good time to visit a tailor who can make you an outfit fit for a funeral.
Go on all of the NYU trips. Not only are they fun and a great way for you to connect with fellow students, but they really help you explore Ghana, with trips to Cape Coast, the Kakum canopy walk, Kumasi, and Wli Falls.
"Not sure what to do? Just ask around! While the Ghana travel guides are sometimes lacking, there is also a street magazine called Enjoy Accra. You will hear about most events through word-of-mouth and recommendations from locals. Ask your CRA’s if you are feeling stuck!"
Football (soccer for the Americans) is huge in Ghana so go to a game at the new stadium in Accra to cheer for the Black Stars and witness the pride! There are also strange but interesting boxing events in Accra.
Accra is rich with music, and you can find an impromptu street performance anywhere you go or a true concert any night of the week. Try to see Hewale Sounds or John Collins perform while you are there. Besides local acts, there are often organized parties and shows at various embassies and conference centers (like Alliance Francaise and the British Council). A lot of American artists (Jay-Z, John Legend, Sean Paul, Ja Rule) come through Ghana, but they charge American prices!
Many people on the program have an interest in some sort of art, and can be seen painting, making music, filming, and photographing around the campus. Students have even gotten together to present an art show to showcase a range of spoken word, film, photo, and anything else they have worked on while being in Ghana.
Going to the theater in Ghana is fun, different, and usually outdoors. Concert parties are traditional performances that involve the audience members in the story telling. Attend shows at the W.E.B. DuBois Center and support the student productions at the University of Ghana, and be sure to attend a show at the grand National Theatre.