africanurbanismExploring political symbolism and architecture of independence as Ghana celebrates 60 years free from British colonial rule on March 6, 2017:
Ghana is known as the Black Star of Africa - the five-pointed black star figures prominently on the country’s national flag, the national coat of arms, on the Black Star Gate in Black Star Square (shown here), on the Seat of State in Parliament, and is the mascot for the national football team.
The symbol, designed on the flag by Theodosia Okoh, was described as the "Lodestar of African Freedom.” It’s symbolism has been attributed to representation of Pan-Africanism, anti-colonialism, as well as to Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line (a shipping line initiated by Garvey in 1919, it faciiltated the transport of Black-owned goods and Black people and was a contribution to his “Back-to-Africa movement”). Architecture can serve as a strong proponent for symbolism, with the construction of monuments, squares, statues and pavilions that aim to stir nationalism, awe, and pride in the state and in the country.
Local symbolism in architecture is exemplified in other parts of the city, for example at the Flagstaff House, designed in the shape of a stool (a sign of royalty in Ashanti culture), and the International Trade Fair, which was designed in the 1960s by two young Polish architects. In the case of the Trade Fair, the architects sought to employ the symbols of the umbrella (seen as “a general cultural symbol of power in West Africa,”) and the baobab tree (“also a symbol of prestige”) in the structural design of the Africa pavilion at site.
Interested in modern architecture in Ghana? Read “Building blocs: How Ghana’s architecture was reimagined with a little help from communist Europe” from Calvert Journal. Link in bio to read the full article.
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