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    With a population now exceeding three quarters of a million, Accra, the capital of Ghana, and its closely linked neighboring city of Tema are rapidly becoming one of the most cosmopolitan centres of West Africa's Guinea coast.

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    With a population now exceeding three quarters of a million, Accra, the capital of Ghana, and its closely linked neighboring city of Tema are rapidly becoming one of the most cosmopolitan centres of West Africa's Guinea coast.

    Although Ghana's economy remains based mainly on agriculture, its capital city is leaning increasingly toward industry and tourism. Long a major seaport, Accra was largely superseded in this capacity by the creation in 1961 of an artificial harbour at Tema, 17 miles (27 kiomemtres) to the east. Since tan, Accra has become a major production centre of shoes and jewellery, among other industrial products, as well as a much-patronized tourist attraction, with its many excellent and naturally sheltered beaches.

    The city lies partly on a cliff, ranging form 25 to 40 feet high, and spreads northward form the Atlantic over undulation plains.

    The principal public buildings of the capital, including government departments and the Supreme court, lie between Christianborg Castle -- built by the Danes in the 17th century and now the official residence of the president (and formerly the governor) -- and the old mercantile town. Further inland, Kotaka Airport, serving international flights, was built in 1957.

    Accra has a modern electricity system, a piped water supply and an extensive municipal bus service -- which, with a rail service, lings it to Tema.

    SYNOPSIS: Accra, the capital city of Ghana ... and rapidly becoming one of the most cosmopolitan communities on West Africa's Guinea coast. Although Ghana's economy remains based largely on agriculture, Accra now is an increasingly industrial city and a centre for tourism.

    Accra and its closely-linked neighbouring port city of Tema, seventeen miles to the east, now have a comined population exceeding three quarters of a million. With such growth and industrialisation have come the traffic congestion common to all large cities. And form the capital itself, Ghana's most-used arterial roads lead westward along the coast to Cape Coast; eastward to Togoland and north to the interior.

    But with Accra's growth have come the tourists also. International visitors are served by Kotaka Airport, build in 1957.

    One of Accra's chief industries is the manufacture of shoes -- centred int eh Ashanti Shoe Factory. Here, though the factory possesses a machinery production line, the workers still affix glue to the soles of sandals by hand ... while others, some disabled, also collect and package the finished product manually.

    Another leading industry is jewellery-plating.

    But the docks remain a major centre of activity ... especially in Tema, where an artificial harbour was created in 1961. Tema's main export is cocoa, which is brought to the coast via Accra by a railway extending one hundred and ninety miles inland.

    And, like all expanding industrial communities, Accra has become a city of supermarkets, with a wide variety of goods on display.

    Accra also boasts an extensive and modern municipal bus service, operation out of the central Mamay terminal. The buses, together with a railway, link Accra and Tema. The capital city also has a modern electricity system and a piped water supply.

    increasingly, however, Accra is becoming a tourist centre. The city lies partly on a cliff ranging form twenty-five to forty feet high and spreads northward form the Atlantic, over gently undulating plains. The cliff projects at three points to form coves, providing natural shelter for the city's many excellent beaches.

    More and more, Ghanaians themselves are discovering their capital's natural recreational delights. The "Blow-Up" club has become one of Accra's most popular night-spots, and many other such restaurants and supper clubs are springing up throughout the capital.

    Form its origins as a seventeenth-century seaport, in fact, Accra has become a throbbing metropolis, mixing industry with tourism ... and both with a vibrant new night-life.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8LM9H2K8TX4E209CO1E4LT4KU
    Media URN:
    VLVA8LM9H2K8TX4E209CO1E4LT4KU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:08:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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