Once upon a time, in the year of our Lord 5th August 2023, in the heart of Takoradi, a group of lecturers from Federal Polytechnic Ilaro together with some lecturers of Takoradi Technical University embarked on an unforgettable journey of learning and exploration.
The stage was set on that sunny morning at 10:15 a.m. right on the campus grounds. There, Ekua Stephens and I elected by our editor joined the group of lecturers.
As the lecturers disembarked from the bus from their hotel, a warm and welcoming atmosphere enveloped us. Curiosity got the best of some of the Ilaro lecturers, and they approached us, quickly striking up engaging conversations.
It didn't take long for these newfound acquaintances to discover that we shared a common interest: a desire to explore the wonders of Kakum National Park.
The decision was made, and the group of lecturers, now united by our shared adventure, prepared to embark on this exciting journey.
Guiding our exploration were Professor Ramos Agyei and his colleague, who graciously took on the role of chaperones, ensuring the safety and organization of the group.
At 11:20 a.m., we set off for the destination, armed with provisions of food and water to sustain us throughout the day. Songs played in the background, bridging the language barrier that existed among the diverse group of travelers.
Laughter and chatter filled the bus as we made our way to Kakum National Park, leaving behind the bustling campus life for a day of natural wonder.
Hours later, at 3:10 p.m. we arrived at our destination, Kakum National Park. Stepping off the bus, we were greeted with pristine natural beauty.
Kakum Park entrance
The park was impeccably clean and well-maintained, a testament to the dedication of the staff who cared for it. The park's staff themselves were a reflection of professionalism, dressed neatly and ready to welcome visitors from far and wide.
The adventure took an unexpected turn when Professor Ramos Agyei approached the receptionist to inquire about the price of the canopy walk, only to discover that it exceeded our budget.
Undeterred, we decided to explore the surrounding area, capturing the beauty of the park through the lens of our cameras.
During our exploration, Ekua and I spoke with - the Rector, Dr. Akinde of Federal Polytechnic Ilaro.
Portia (in red), Dr. Akinde and Ekua Stephens
We seized the opportunity to interview him, and he spoke highly of the deliciousness of Ghanaian cuisine and the warm, friendly nature of Ghanaians, which had left a lasting impression on him.
With our interview completed, we took pictures with Dr. Akinde and captured more memories of the journey.
As the day drew close, we continued our adventure, heading toward Takoradi. Along the way, we made a memorable stop at Hutchland Club on the Beach, indulging in some well-deserved fun before resuming our journey.
Funfare at the Beach
The clock struck 8:30 pm as we arrived in Takoradi, our final destination. It was here that Ekua Stephens and I, our hearts filled with unforgettable memories, bid each other farewell.
As we parted ways, each carried with us a profound appreciation for the beauty of nature and the rich cultural experiences shared with our Nigerian friends.
And so, the journey of learning and exploration came to an end, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts and minds of the wonders of Kakum National Park, transcending borders and languages in our quest for adventure and knowledge.