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19/11/2007Page 1 of 1
 
Brazilian House for Ga Mashie

Story: NAA LAMILEY BENTIL



GHANA’S relationship with Brazil has been strengthened with the rehabilitation of the heart of Ga Mashie to be used as an exhibition centre and a coffee shop. It has been named the Brazilian House.

The building, which is also meant to attract tourists to Ga Mashie, is described as the ‘Cradle of the Tabon People’.

It was renovated at the cost of $100,000 by Gohad Construction, a local company, with financial support by a Brazilian Construction Company, Carmago Correa and their local representatives in Ghana, Coral Paints.

The building belongs to the Lutterodt family of the Tabons of Ga Mashie and was formerly referred to as ‘Warri House’. In the 1930s it was rented out to European businessmen since it was located close to the then Accra Port.

Sharing fond memories of how she grew up in that house, the chief Justice, Her Lordship, Mrs. Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, said growing up as a child in the ‘Warri House’, was filled with fun because of its spacious compound.

She recalled that from the grand hall upstairs, and other vantage points, one could see ships anchored at the breakwater with other busting activity going on at the Accra Port.

She said further that as time went by some of the family members died and other, like her parents, relocated to their own properties leaving the building in the hands of tenants.

She expressed the hope that the opening of the Brazilian House would further boost the bilateral relationship between the two countries and bring economic opportunities to the people of Ga Mashie.

The Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Luis Fernando Serra, said the numerous castles and forts in Ga Mantse were silent witnesses of a drama that took place on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean about 300 years ago.

He said the newly renovated Brazilian House was, however, different as it was not built by the colonial people who might have used to it to ship people but was built by “free citizens that wanted to start a brand new life among their own people”.

The former Minister for Tourism and Diasporan “Relations, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, said although Ga Mashie had gone through a lot in the past, there were still untapped economic opportunities in the area.

The history of Accra, he said, was the wealth of Accra and appealed to the youth and opinion leaders of Ga Mashie to embrace projects that would transform the area.

He expressed regret that until now, the people of Bukom Square, which would have equally transformed the area into a tourism destination.

The Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. Stanley Nii Adjiri-Blankson, for his part said although Old Accra (Ga Mashie) had experienced rapid decline in economic opportunities, it still had assets which could be harnessed for the development of the area.

The building, which was completely transformed from the neglected structure into a beautiful one and decked in the Brazilian national colours of yellow and green was part of the 2015 Old Accra Development strategy.


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           Daily Graphic     -     Monday, November 19, 2007             Page: 25
 
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