Ever thought of how our politicians looked in the late 80s or early 90's, have you ever even wondered how Ghana looked like back in the days of British rule?
These well sought out photos gives you the chance to turn back the time machine to how Ghana actually looked like years back in history.
The Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach Ghana in 1471. They found that Ghana was rich in gold and they started trading with locals. The commodity traded at the coast was gold, thus the name ‘Gold Coast’.
The Portuguese wanted control of the Gold Coast, so they made plans and built a fortress at Elmina. They later left. In the 18th century, the commodity of trade shifted from gold to slaves. The country became a full British protectorate in 1902. This was after a very long struggle of resistance by the Ashanti kingdom that lasted more than a decade.
The colonial period lasted a total of fifty-five years from the year 1902-1957. The colonialists were not as violent as was the case in other states. The major problem was the exclusion of Africans in politics. The road to independence in Ghana started with World War II. Africans were enlisted in the British army to assist in their troops in fighting the war.
The veterans returned with the idea of freedom. The myth about the superiority of the white man had been erased from their minds during the world war.They saw similarities in the war they fought in Europe with the events that were happening in their country. They came up with political outlets to further their cause.
Ghana’s economy was blossoming after independence. After independence, the country rolled out an ambitious plan to improve the economy through expansion. The plans were overambitious since it landed the country in a lot of debt that they were unable to pay.
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