I first learned about the rock paintings at Jilik when I read Mr. Mahmoud Malik Saako’s paper on the subject of promoting the sites as tourist destinations in Northern Ghana. He identified the site as Tang-piok and said it was near Bunkpurugu and Gilik. After studying Google Maps, I found a village named Jilik not […]
In a small community near the Ghana-Burkina Faso border stands one of the only two remaining slave defense walls in Ghana. This historical monument in the Ghana’s town of Gwollu is a reminder of the dark history and dangers of the slave trade in the remote northern “hinterlands.”
This is the last in of a series of posts about Ghana’s only six remaining historic mud mosques built in the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style. When I embarked on my project to visit the last of Ghana’s mud mosques, I thought I would be seeing nine according to the Ghana Museum & Monuments Board website. Unfortunately, there […]
The history of Ghana’s most famous mud mosque is shrouded in mystery and myth. Not only is the Larabanga mosque a popular architectural monument in West Africa but a revered spiritual site.
An old Mampruli jingle is a reminder of the famine that plagued northern Ghana in the late 70s and the corruption that exacerbated its horrific effects.
A historic Sudano-Sahelian mud mosque stands tall at a heavily trafficked junction in Banda Nkwanta in Ghana’s Northern Region.
Maluwe is a small village in northwestern Ghana that has one of the nation’s remaining six mud mosques. Its mosque may be the youngest with oral tradition placing its construction in the 1940s. The building’s structure has been modified significantly in recent decades.
The historic mosque of Bole, Ghana is an early 20th century mud building in the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style. It features two short towers along with the classic buttresses and exterior wood scaffolding design. Only five other mosques like it are still in use in northern Ghana.