57 Independence Avenue
PMB CT 209, Cantonments
Telephone: (233) 302-650-113
Facsimile: (233) 302-764-121
Distribution Services: (233) 21-650-009
Announcement: 16 February 1998
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 16 November 2001 by Russell M. Nelson
Public Open House: 3–20 December 2003
Dedication: 11 January 2004 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site: 6 acres.
Exterior Finish: Namibia Pearl granite.
Ordinance Rooms: Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing.
Total Floor Area: 17,500 square feet.
The Accra Ghana Temple was the second temple built in Africa, following the Johannesburg South Africa Temple (1985), and the first built in West Africa (and in Ghana).
The first Missionary Training Center in Africa opened in Tema, Ghana (just east of Accra) in 2002.
The tradition of holding a youth cultural celebration before the dedication of a temple began with the dedication of the Accra Ghana Temple at the request of President Gordon B. Hinckley.
The announcement of the Accra Ghana Temple by President Gordon B. Hinckley came after he had challenged members to make a special effort to fellowship new converts to the Church. "Put your arms around them, make them feel at home. Teach them the doctrines of the kingdom. Befriend them and help them in every way possible," he said. "I make you a promise that if you will do that you will be blessed with a temple in your midst."1
The day of the announcement, at an outdoor gathering of some assembled members in Accra's Independence Square, President Hinckley said, "You've gone a long time without a temple. When I was here five years ago [as a member of the First Presidency], we tried to find a place to build a temple. We didn't find anything and we didn't say anything to anybody. But efforts Monday, February 16, were more fruitful. This morning we approved the purchase of a beautiful piece of ground," President Hinckley announced.2
Ground was broken on Friday, November 16, 2001. Intended to begin at 8:00 that morning, the ceremony was delayed 45 minutes while awaiting the arrival of the Vice President who had returned earlier that morning from New York and graciously accepted an invitation to attend. The combined Christiansborg and Lartebiorkoshie stake choir thrilled the waiting crowd with inspiring music. Upon his arrival, the ceremony commenced; and Elder Nelson gave the concluding remarks. Groundbreaking followed with participation by Elder Nelson, the Vice President, stake presidents, and other dignitaries. The event was covered by a local radio station and Ghana Television.3
Fifteen months after presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Accra Ghana Temple, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles returned to the construction site while on assignment to Ghana and Nigeria in February 2003. Ghanian Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, who broke ground for the temple with Elder Nelson, met with the apostle in the Osu Castle. Elder Nelson says, "We have a very good relationship."4
1. Steve Fidel, "A temple to be built in Ghana," Church News 21 Feb. 1998: 3.
2. Fidel 3.
3. Joel Dossoumon, "Accra Ghana Temple Groundbreaking," Online posting, 18 Nov. 2001, 8 Oct. 2002 <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ldsafrica/message/180>.
4. Julie Dockstader Heaps. "Saints in West Africa await temples: Elder Nelson visits Ghana and Nigeria." Church News 1 Mar. 2003: 7.