Ghana Cries for help as it's oldest mosque in Bole is on the verge of collapsing.

Presumably the oldest mosque in Ghana is the historic Bole mosque, which is situated in the heart of Bole in the Savannah Region.

The mosque's existence in Bole has drawn hundreds of tourists from near and far in addition to giving the locals a place of prayer.

Its unique architectural style is similar to that of the well-known Larabanga Mosque.

The mosque was constructed 400 years ago using mud and wooden poles for support. Major renovations have not been made to it.

Termites have infected the wooden rafters that support the roof of the mosque, causing it to leak from the top every time it rains.

Following a rainfall on Sunday, September 17, which inundated the Bole neighbourhood, the mosque's frail state was further revealed.

International attention was drawn to the story of its near collapse after a flooding disaster, and calls for its reconstruction grew.

Even though the mosque's reconstruction is underway, the locals don't think their efforts will be sufficient to preserve the more than 400-year-old building.

The mosque's secretary is Deen Jabagtey.

"This mosque's history and structure have been preserved as best we could by the community, but it's time for a modern makeover."

He thinks the history will be preserved by the renovations made to the mosque.

Many come here to look at the mosque and offer prayers for prosperity because it is a place of worship. But despite its impending collapse, hardly much attention is paid to it.

According to the Azan of the mosque, the government and the Ghana Tourism Authority have not paid much attention to developing the old mosque.

The Savannah Region is home to four such mosques: Bole, Larabanga, Maluwe, and Banda Nkwanta.

Their distinctive architecture, influenced by the old Sudan, is what gave rise to the majority-Islamic communities in northern Ghana, particularly in the states of Gonja and Wala.

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