Embracing The Akwaaba Effect – Kasoa PIWC Singles Trip To Nzulezo

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A journey of excitement and ecstasy, a journey of fun and a moment to recall the total travel experience of an adventure was all about exploring the beautiful Ghanaian city on water- Nzulezo.

The Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC) of the Kasoa Branch last weekend March 3 and 4, 2017 explored to the outskirt of their geographical hood by travelling all night long to the isolated city in the Western Region of Nzema land known as Nzulezo.

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Some sections of the group in picture style

The stunning panorama of the over three century old stilt strut water settlement of Nzulezo, built on Lake Tadane in the Western Region, stands out as a magnificent interplay between nature and beauty. The hamlet is positioned in the Amansuri wetland and accessible to the public only by foxhole canoe from the town of Beyin to the Ivorian border.

The PIWC team departed from its church premises at about 11pm Friday night of 3rd March, and arrived Saturday morning at exactly fifteen minutes pass eight (8:15 GMT).

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James – Ben – Bonney

The leaders and organizers of the trip, including Mr. George Asante and Ernest Obeng Apau assured the team of an exclusive travel experience.

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Ernest with the Jama team

I must really admit that, Nzulezo is a nice place to be. It adds up to Ghana’s rich tourist and culture experience.

Speaking to Jeffreykaynews.wordpress.com, a village folk educated the team that, the very place were tourist take rest to wait for a boat before entering into the actual town is called Bentinibu. “Benti” is an Nzema word for Palm tree and “Nibu” is the depth root of the said palm nut tree.

George with Jeffrey Kay

About 99.99% of all the structures raised in the town are constructed of tick bamboo and other hard wood bench.

Bamboo washroom constructed at Bentinibu for visitors and tourist
PIWC Team takes rest at BENTINIBU with other tourists and visitors

The path way leading to Bentinibu has eventually been swallowed by the seen Dark water with crystal beach-like sand. A tourist will have no choice but to “marry” the cold dark water with his bare foot submerge in it.

Soldiers of the Cross
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The site of Bentinibu to Nzulezo surrounds many numerous canoes. The number of passengers contain in a boat determines the actual size of such craft. Normally, the big boats are enough to carry about five to six adults.

These ‘water vehicles’ carry on-board passengers through the mangrove forest and across Lake Tadane to the village. For a tourist to feel more adventurous, they are required to frequently assist in paddling the canoes. Many of the PIWC team had an adventure time paddling the ‘water cars’ for the first time. Passengers on board would have to continually scoop water from the boat to prevent it from sinking.

Virtuous Queens exploring in style

An Elder welcomed the team when we paid our homage to the Church of Pentecost-Nzulezo Assembly. The Elder first narrated to us that, according to an oral history, the village was constructed some five (500) hundred years ago by migrants from Walata, a city in Pre-historic Ghana Empire which was the earliest of the Western Sudanese States.

The people of Nzulezo migrated from Mali because of war. They resided at a gold dominion grounds until one day, some aliens decided to come and live with them on the land so they could have access to the gold. When they protested, there was conflict and in order to have their peace, they decided to progress to a more serene setting were the enemy could not attack them.

Led by a ‘God’, who took the form of a big snail, they moved to find a place where they could have their peace. The snail is therefore a totem and sacrosanct by the people of Nzulezo.

Only one person could talk to the “Holy Being”. Forty-three households undertook the journey from Mali through Burkina Faso to settle at Wenchi and Techiman, and then to Shama and Esipon, in the Western Region before eventually settling at the present location. Some of the households settled along the way. They built rafts on the Lagoon and settled but they soon discovered that strong winds in the area caused frequent fire outbreaks so some of them moved to settle at the other side of the Lagoon (Abbey Lagoon).

They discovered the present site when Muga, a farmer in their group, went out one day to look for a land to farm and found the place, which looked more peaceful with no strong wind.

The people of Nzulezo now intermarry with the Nzemas ethnic group. Their original language “Wusere” has given in to the common local language, Nzema.

The only other people in the West African Sub-region who live on a stilt village are the Ganvie people of the republic of Benin.

The Elder further added that, the main activities of its inhabitants are agriculture, while the fishery plays a secondary role including brewing of local gin (Akpeteshi).

The physical appearance of the town explains its meaning. Nzulezo means sitting on water. So it is a village or town on water.

Approaching the City on water

The village is ruled by a chief who presides over criminal offences and other unruly behaviours in the community. The village residents make a couple of different souvenirs that are available for purchase. The most common one is a hand-carved mini canoe of about 15cm long sold to tourists and visitors for a rate of GH₵5.

Samples of handy craft on display to tourist and visitors

The village has a spot for entertainment, which has in stock both soft and hard drinks. As at the time of our arrival, some village folks had already gathered in the spot and dancing to various Ghanaian music tunes.

The community members have found it redeem to raise a structure of rest known as guest house. Speaking to one community member about the patronage of the guest house, Master Kwame whispered; ‘Its one avenue of putting money in our pockets. Somebody will also need rest when he or she visits our town. So the guest house is very important.’

For what I saw in Nzulezo, I can conclude that, every member in the town owns a boat to enable him/her free movement to other neighbouring villages. One other important fact gathered was, it is believed that, children in the community would never be drowned once the ritual of dropping the child three times into the Amanzuri Lagoon is performed.

Children displaying their swimming skills at Nzulezu

The Pentecost International Worship Centre of the Kasoa branch donated wholesomely to the Pentecost Church of the Nzulezo Assembly. The items donated include clothes and other materials. The leader also presented an undisclosed amount of money on behalf of the team.

Elder James with other PIWC Leaders donating to the Nzulezu Assembly of the Church of Pentecost

Ernest – Ben – George

Those who seek adventure should visit Nzulezo.

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