The "Summer in Ghana" - 2003 program, the second in the series which began in 2001, lasted from May 19 - June 11, 2003. The participating group which was led by Dr. Emeka Ofobike, Associate Professor of Accounting, consisted of Eldora Grandison, Joan Klausman, Frances Nicholson, Steve Repko, and April Sizemore.
This program was organized around five themes:
The Akron team spent an afternoon with the SSS3 students (High School seniors) of Aburi Girls Secondary School, one of Ghana's premier high schools. The team also visited with student nurses at the "37" Military Hospital in Accra.
The historical relevance of present-day Ghana in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade is well documented. The coast of Ghana is dotted with castles and forts built by Europeans to facilitate trade with the peoples of what is now present-day Ghana. Such trading activities eventually transformed into the infamous slave trade. The two major castles at Cape Coast and Elmina are well preserved and attract thousands of visitors each year. The Akron group spent two afternoons in these castles and also visited the Assin Manso Homecoming site - the final resting place of two members of the Black Diaspora.
The team visited cultural sites in Accra, Cape Coast, and in the Ashanti region. Team members had the opportunity to try their hands at the looms on which the famous kente and adinkra cloths are made.
The team toured several sites that play an important role in the expansion of international business in Ghana. Among the sites visited were the Tema Harbor - Ghana's gateway to the world, VALCO Aluminum - an aluminum smelting company associated with Kaiser Aluminum, and Coca Cola (Ghana).
The team had extensive tours of several of the more popular sites in Ghana. The visit to the world-famous Kakum Canopy Walk and Rain Forest was among the highlights.
"The trip was well planned down to every last detail and the in-country program was extremely informative and educational. I would highly recommend the trip to anyone who is willing, or has the desire to learn about the rich heritage and culture of a country that is very different yet very similar to the United States."
- Martin Mayer