Nzulezo, the Stilt village has been a travel destination I have been yearning to visit the second time. I was young when I first visited the Stilt.
The second experience is what I will much consider. The stilt is always accessed by a canoe. The canoes available are either the one that could be peddled or the one with an outboard motor. I decided to use the outboard motor this time around.
My journey started from Kumasi via Accra. I finally made a stop at Baku. Baku is a community around Beyin, where the Nzulezo River cruising starts.
The following day, I started my cruise to the Nzulezo, the Stilt Village. At the bank of the river, I was provided with a life vest/jacket. I was briefed on the rules and off we went. As we cruise along, the tour guide lectured me on the history of the Stilt village. He made me understand that the people of Nzulezo originated from Mali. They had their way to the current place, Nzulezo out of a misunderstanding that developed from a trading system the Senegalese introduced to them.
As to how to live in peace, their gods, as there was no Christianity directed them to move to another location. Upon reaching the current location, they found out that, the Senegalese were still following them so they had to move on to another town. This happened until they finally settled at Nzulezo. Click here to know more about the history.
As we cruise, I was a bit scared. My heart beats faster whenever the canoe tilts a bit. I became more scared when we got to the bigger part of the river. But all this while, I mastered my courage just to control myself.
The people of Nzulezo are very hospitable. They welcomed me to my liking. I discovered they have schools from Kindergarten to Primary 6 for their children. They again have a guest house, churches, and a community center for every event.
The people of Nzulezo claim they are now Ghanaian as there has been a cross-marriage between them and the people of Nzema over the years.
One of the amazing things I came across was that every child aged 2 years and above knows how to swim.
One of the major problems the people face is potable water. They drink the same water that they swim, wash, and bathe in. Another problem is the unavailability of teachers to teach their wards and the lack of school materials for teaching and learning.
In all, I inarguably enjoyed the trip to Nzulezo in the western region of Ghana.
I would recommend every Ghanaian to also take some moment in their busy schedules to visit this wonderful Stilt, Nzulezo.
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