This area about 6km north of the city centre is divided into two parts: Old Abelemkpe and New Abelemkpe. Known as Abelemkpe Forest due to its shady nature, the new site is mostly occupied by academia, the rich and foreigners. Housing is mainly in modern low-rise apartment blocks with small out-houses (usually containing two bedrooms and no kitchen) known as boys quarters behind the main building. However, there are also fully-furnished executive houses in the Forest costing anything up to $700 per month.
Old Abelemkpe is occupied by medium- and low-income groups living in so-called compound houses (single or two-room houses in large buildings inhabited by numerous families; in general they do not have a kitchen although there is usually a small enclosed space serving as a cooking area outside each house and the bathrooms are communal) of older build. However, they are gradually being renovated to meet modern standards.
There are also a few detached houses and low-rise apartment blocks dating from the early 1990s. Abelemkpe has a good American international school, Lincoln Community School (www.lincoln.edu.gh), a modern mosque, churches (Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic, Charismatic, Pentecostal and Evangelical), hotels, schools, clinics (including an eye clinic) and a handful of offices and industries.
There is also a hostel for students from tertiary institutions in Francophone countries studying English at the Ghana Institute of Languages in the Adabraka district to the south or at other private institutions in the capital. The area has two large parks serving as football pitches and recreational centres, near the mosque and on the Abelemkpe junior secondary school premises respectively. Abelemkpe is about a 12-minute drive from Kotoka International Airport.
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Abelemkpe, Accra, Ghana