Welcome to the maiden edition of the AKADi Magazine. Akadi is inspired by the meaning for light in the Ghanaian language Ewe and this publication aims to shine a light on the transformative actions and inspiring experiences of Ghanaians on home soil and those in the Diaspora.
In this edition, we hear from individuals who are challenging and disrupting stereotypes about Africa and what it means to be African through their personal stories.
There are articles about a British-Ghanaian entrepreneur who, before the age of 30, had seized on gaps in the technology and entertainments markets and established successful businesses.
We learn more about one actor with royal connections, who became a household name in Black British comedy. And read about a living legend in Ghana’s film and theatre industries, who continues to shape and inspire many in the business today.
There is emerging talent too, namely one documentary film producer and director, who continues to explore language endangerment and its impact on Ghanaian diaspora communities.
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This magazine touches on topics of identity and belonging, looks into mental health and well-being. It also explores Ghana’s rich cultural history through the eyes of one woman (pictured) who can trace part of her Ghanaian ancestry back five generations to Brazil.
To mark the launch of the AKADi Magazine, we are teaming up with amazing small and medium-sized businesses each month to bring you some gifts. All you have to do is subscribe to the website, email your screenshot to firstname.lastname@example.org to be in with a chance of winning a free gift.
For August, we will be showcasing the Chamba Goto brand by a Zimbabwean-born designer @dashikibaba
His t-shirts are inspired by his love of Africa and feature a range of flag-inspired designs framed by a distinctive Afro. You could be in with a chance of winning one of these designs, which come in large and in the following flags: Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and also a barcode design and in the mubvumo tree rendition. The mubvumo tree is found in parts of southern Africa.
Read more about the Chamba Goto brand here.
I am a journalist and blogger, and the stories featured here represent a snapshot of the articles I have been writing on my blogpost and this website. These are our narratives and I hope you will read, enjoy be inspired and share them.