Gwollu Slave Defense Wall

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… Read More

Ghana’s Historic Mosques: The Lost Ones

This is the last in of a series of posts about Ghana’s only six remaining historic mud mosques built in the┬áSudano-Sahelian architectural style. When I embarked on my project to visit the last of Ghana’s mud mosques, I… Read More

Ghana’s Historic Mosques: Larabanga

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.

A Jingle from Ghana’s Famine of ’77

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.

Ghana’s Historic Mosques: Banda Nkwanta

A historic Sudano-Sahelian mud mosque stands tall at a heavily trafficked junction in Banda Nkwanta in Ghana’s Northern Region.

Ghana’s Historic Mosques: Maluwe

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.

Ghana’s Historic Mosques: Bole

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.