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The brutalist, and expensive, Barbican

‘There won’t be a big group and it will only last an hour’ – these were the words I used to persuade my husband

Traditional lost-wax casting

The small Ghanian village of Sokoban Krofrom is famous for traditional brass casting of beads, jewellery and statues. Using techniques that haven’t changed for

An Ashanti palace and museum

Manhiya Palace Manhyia Palace in Ghana was built in 1926 for the Ashanti King, Nana Prempeh I, on his return from exile in the

Finding out about the benefits of Propalis

I didn’t know stingless bees existed, so was intrigued by a visit to The International Stingless Bee Centre, which claims to be Ghana’s number

Weaving, chocolate and stamping

Whilst visiting Ghana we had the opportunity to learn about kente cloth, the legendary eye-catching fabric worn by African kings down the centuries. At

The last remains of Ghana’s ancient Ashanti civilisation

Near Ghana’s second city Kumasi, is the UNESCO listed Ashanti Traditional Buildings Site, made up of ten ancient fetish shrines. We visited the only

Exploring mountain villages in rural Togo

Having spent time in Togo’s capital city, Lomé, we also visited Kpalimé, a rural area noted for its green hills, cocoa and coffee plantations,

Sightseeing in a capital city being renovated

Sightseeing in Benin’s capital, Porto-Novo, was disappointing. The President, Patrice Talon, has launched a ‘Benin Revealed’ programme designed to promote beach and cultural tourism,

Little to see in Benin’s administrative capital

Cotonou is for all intents and purposes Benin’s capital, although the official capital is the smaller Porto-Novo, just 30km away. Whilst we stayed in

Where art and food combine

It’s always good when food and art combine, which it did beautifully at The Museum of the Zinsou Foundation in Ouidah, Benin. After a

A somber slave route being turned into a theme park

As well as voodoo, Benin’s city of Ouidah, is known for its role in the 17th to 19th century Atlantic slave trade. What is

A forest full of voodoo deities

The Sacred Forest or Forest of Kpassè is located on the outskirts of Ouidah, in Benin. According to folklore, when King Kpassè, a 16th

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