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Trans-West Africa Highway

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Trans-West Africa Highway

On the Trans-West Africa High way we drove
Thoughts of decades we carried 
Rich history to be unfolded
Beautiful sights of trees and mountains we view
Hail God’s creation
For his handiwork is perfect
Stories of the Liberian camp at Buduburum were unravelled
How we drove through the hush villages of Gomoa and Mankessim
And our admiration for their rich cultures
Were the praises we kept on our lips
Kuntu Junction to Abandze left us with awe
It reminded us of the story of the slave trade
Those lives that vanished to the Caribbean
How the high seas served as transport in conveying them
And the desert served as grave in burying them
The Trans- West Africa highway was one of the slave routes
From afar, we saw how those forts and castles were dotted along the coast
And how heavy they were with hidden stories of our past
At Abandze, fort Amsterdam featured in brevity
Built by the English and taken over by the Dutch
Again, reminded us of our Negro brethren
Whose lives were sacrificed on the alter
For selfish shepherds who traded gunpowder, mirror and so forth
In exchange for pure minerals and a human race
The Elmina castle, Cape Coast Castle, and Fort St. Jago 
Told the story of the slave trade in its sincerity
Fishing communities such as Anomabo, Biriwa and Moree
Were just additions one cannot overlook while on the High Way
At Yamoransa, the attractiveness of a well package Fante Kenkey
Left smiles on our faces and our appetite were titivated
The Trans West Africa highway connects all ECOWAS countries to Ghana
Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin just to mention a few
We were assured of meeting the beauty of Mother Ghana while driving on the highway
The beauty that engulfs a country hefty with opulent tradition and culture
Leaving us with an experience worth repeating
A pacesetter of modern democracy
We saw Fort Amstardam from a distance,
We listen to the infamous stories of Cape Coast and Elmina Castles,
We toured Fort St. Jago,
Experienced the canopy walkway at Kakum
We played golf at Coconut Grove Beach Resort
We took a slice of Ghana with us
Stories about Posuban shrines at Mankessim, Abandze, Cape Coast and Elmina
Kept us awake and our gen about the colonial era were deepened
Drive through the Trans West Africa Highway
And the memories; you will forever lug with you
The Trans-West Africa Highway
Is indeed weighty with ancient stories
An experience worth remembering
                                                                                                                                               *06*Oct*2012*

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  1. Date: 10/8/2012 10:37:00 PM
    Nii, wow.. wow... Thank you for this awesome poem. Goodnight :-)~ PD