When we talk of people coexisting with nature, we would often associate that with eating natural, living natural, much like the life intended in the Garden of Eden. Or at least we assume something of the sort. An environment would often dictate the kind of life people adopt in a place, desert people live like desert people, and water people like water people.
Nzulezu, Ghana is one such place of water people.
Nzulezu is a village, so unique that there exists no similar villages in the entire of West Africa.
Built entirely on stilts, it is a world heritage site owing to its intact cultural history.
One may think that this community is cut from the entire world but no! Within it exists social amenities found anywhere else on earth; a local church, a school, bar, Nzulezu hotel, and a restaurant. Tourists visit this place to get a glimpse of what nature truly is.
A look at the Nzulezu village history.
The history of Nzulezu has it that ancient people from Oulata were following a snail from Mauritania when they decided to settle in Nzulezu. Overlooking the lake Tadane, they built Nzulezu stilt village.
These visitors were from the Nzema community and thus they named the village; Nzulezu which means water surface. They built the village on water as an insurance to natural risk factors such as fire.
Nzulezu village has stood the test of time to this day, the original establishments by the early inhabitants still hold. The lake has a sacred significance to the folks and is incorporated in many of the local’s cults.
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Thursday is given as the lake’s day.
No one is allowed to venture into the lake in any sort of activity throughout the entirety of Thursday.
One would not be mistaken to think of the people around this lake as fishers. Contrary to the thought, they are agriculturalists with fishing being a secondary activity.
Nzulezu tourist site
Up until recently, the Nzulezu village was not open to tourists. When it was declared a world heritage by UNESCO on January 17 of 2000, it became open. It, however, has a restriction of a once a week visit.
Nzulezu in Ghana is a tourist site that borders the village of Beyin. It is a village in the western region of Ghana’s Jomoro district, roughly 90 kilometers west of Takoradi. Visitors to the village would have to ride a canoe through the rainforest to reach the village.