As a child, my parents would always take me and my brothers to museums, historical monuments, and other cultural heritage sites. These trips would last ALL DAY sometimes and usually ended in a two-on-one brawl (my brothers being the two, me being the one) leaving my little brother in tears.
The family clown rarely had the last laugh.
On one trip to a museum somewhere, I noticed a quote hanging in the gift shop window.
Well-behaved women seldom make history – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
This became my new mantra.
And over the years, I have found the quote to hold true in a lot of places, including Elmina.
Elmina, a vivacious fishing town lined with brightly-colored colonial buildings, is best explored on foot.
On my way to Elmina Castle, I crossed over a bridge and caught a quick photo of a group of friends sitting on the bridge’s guard rail. One of the boys sat in a bucket. I found this quite hilarious. After the shot, the boys noticed my presence and turned around. Of course, I had to ask the boy why he was sitting in a bucket. He laughed and said something in Fanti, the local tongue, to his friends who reverberated his amusement.
In full sunlight, the castle reflects brazen hues of white, black, and red. The dark red brick marks the original fortifications built by the Portuguese. After the Dutch moved into Elmina Castle, they expanded. To construct the expanded fortifications they imported light-colored bricks as seen in the castle’s archways.
On the tour, the guide mentioned that a woman named Yaa Asantewaa, was imprisoned in the castle for a period of time for inciting a women’s war. My ears perked. A women’s war?
There’s a woman on a mission that needs no permission.
Yaa Asantewaa led the War of the Golden Stool, also called the Yaa Asantewaa War, against British colonialism in 1900.