President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is scheduled to formally inaugurate the extensively refurbished Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park on July 4, 2023.
The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, is a monument of historic significance in Ghana. It was dedicated to the memory of the country’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. It also serves as the resting place for the remains of the first President and his wife, Fathia Nkrumah.
The redevelopment project of the park, which costs about $3.5 million, stands as a testament to government’s commitment to honoring the legacy of Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and celebrating his immense contributions towards Ghana’s independence.
Situated in Accra, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, has undergone an extensive redevelopment process aimed at revitalizing and preserving its cultural significance.
The revamped park now boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure and enhanced facilities to provide visitors with an immersive experience into the life and achievements of Kwame Nkrumah. This ambitious project involved the restoration of iconic statues, the improvement of landscaping and greenery, as well as the implementation of state-of-the-art lighting and audiovisual systems.
These enhancements aim to create an immersive experience for visitors, allowing them to truly appreciate the remarkable contributions of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to Ghana’s journey towards independence.The restoration work has meticulously preserved the park’s historical elements while incorporating modern design elements to cater to the needs and interests of contemporary audiences.
After many years of independence, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park was built by the former Head of State, His Excellency the late Jerry John Rawlings in the year 1990 in honour of Ghana’s first President, and as part of preserving the nation’s heritage. The Park was opened to the public in 1992.
Since its establishment in 1992, visitors from all over the world numbering up to about 98,000 each year, come and pay homage to Ghana’s first President, learn about his life, and legacies. The Park is one of the 10 most visited sites in Ghana.
After 25 years of existence of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, the facility had not seen any meaningful facelift despite the deplorable state of some of the structures.
In 2017, when His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo took over as President of the Republic of Ghana, and recognized the important role of tourism in the development of the country, he declared Tourism as social advancement, with the potential to give a big boost to the economy.
In 2018, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo secured a 40 million U.S Dollar loan facility from the World Bank through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to; strengthen and enable the tourism environment; to address constraints most likely to have a transformative impact on the sector; develop tourism sites and destinations; and finance the costs of tourism enterprises and business development services and training.
On 19th July 2022, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, cut sod for the commencement of the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum.
The redevelopment has been completed and will be commissioned on Tuesday, July 4, 2023, by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, whose governing party, the New Patriotic Party understands and appreciates the significance of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, and its contribution to the history of Ghana.