April during Year of Return 2019

The Heritage Paragliding Festival was introduced in 2005 by the Ministry of Tourism, and since its inception has attracted Ghanaians and foreigners alike. It has become an integral part of the Ghana’s annual Easter celebrations. The event typically lasts for three days and includes aerial fun, ceremonies and music. When: Friday, April 19, 2019 – 3:00 – 4:00PM For more information visit: http://www.ghana.travel/ Continue reading April during Year of Return 2019

The Trial of J.J Rawlings (2nd edition) – a review

Growing up in 80s England and overhearing the conversations from ‘uncles’ and ‘aunties’ on conditions in Ghana under Flight Lieutenant JJ Rawlings’ military rule, I remember the image created of this imposing figure was never favourable. I had uncles who vowed never to step foot on Ghanaian soil because of the turmoil they or family members had experienced under his regime. I didn’t really understand why but that feeling of wariness continued during subsequent trips to the Motherland when he was the Head of State.

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March events during Year of Return 2019

The Back2Africa Festival celebrates the US Black History Month during the last week of February through to Ghanaian Independence Day in the first week of March with a focus on the arts, and education. It connects African American and Ghanaian cultural art forms through live performances and educational service projects. Continue reading “March events during Year of Return 2019”

Ghana’s bright idea makers

The International Finance Corporation, a sister organisation to the World Bank, released an infographic featuring 100 start-ups across the four regions of Africa in October 2018. In West Africa, Ghana came second to Nigeria with a total of 11 start-ups named including Buildpals, KudiGO and Esoko. But this figure just scratches the surface and fails to acknowledge the scale of raw talent and entrepreneurship  operating in the system. Continue reading “Ghana’s bright idea makers”

…Do You Know Your Culture….?

…The world marked National Folklore Day by celebrating cultures across the globe but Ghana went one better and had a week-long set of events dedicated to exploring our cultures and dispelling some myths surround them. That is when I learnt that the hill that the University of Ghana is built on was a sacred grove (Ga aklabatsa) of the La people.

February events during Year of Return 2019

As part of a year-long period of activities geared to celebrating the contributions of Africans across the diaspora, Ghana is staging an initiative called ‘The Year of Return’.

The Government-led initiative brings together organisations and activities designed to mark the passage of our ancestors. This post lists events in February geared towards showcasing that. Continue reading “February events during Year of Return 2019”

Digital painter uses people power to grow business

A chance encounter with a Ghanaian actress changed one jobless digital artist’s passion for creating, into a full-time job. His name is Danny Arthur-Baidoo and hers Ama K Abebrese – best known for her award-winning performance in the Sinking Sands. Danny was doing his National Service (work experience required of all students in Ghana after tertiary education) back in 2015 and took a break to visit his home town of Takoradi where he randomly saw Ama K buying waakye in the market. Continue reading “Digital painter uses people power to grow business”