Ghana’s London Bridge, the first culvert built on the coast of West Africa in 1905 for 4,000 pounds

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The London Bridge in Cape Coast, constructed in 1905 by the British Government, held deep cultural significance and served as a symbol of enduring connection in the city's history.

Over its 110-year existence, it became more than just a crossing over water, evolving into a focal point of social interaction and collaboration between the local community and the British Embassy, especially during the Oguaa Fetu Afahye festival. Referred to affectionately as the "Town of beautiful nonsense," its central location made it a vibrant hub of activity, reflecting the pulse of Cape Coast's social life.

The bridge's role in fostering unity and tradition, epitomized by the youth's establishment of their leader, 'Opoku,' underscored its importance in the community. Despite its disappearance, marking the end of an era, the legacy of the London Bridge endures in the hearts and minds of Cape Coast residents, symbolizing enduring bonds of friendship and culture as the city embraces a new era led by 'Nana Asomdwee.'

Explore the historical facts about Ghana’s London Bridge below.



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