2019 has been a year of challenges and triumphs which continue to be shaped by your inspiring stories. Below is my summary of those monthly highlights listed in the Ghanaian language Ewe. In previous years, I have listed them in Ga and Twi.
In Dzove (January), the Ghana Tourism Authority launched a press conference to officially outdoor the Year of Return – a nationwide campaign designed to encourage Africans in the diaspora (namely African Americans) to come and visit, do business and settle in Ghana.
The national call got me thinking about Ghana’s public spaces, its museums and how the public relate to their culture. The post Space for Change in Ghana’s tourism sector aims to explore our perception of tourism and how differently it is consumed by the public depending on our cultures.
So, it is commonplace to erect buildings in the West that house arty, historical, and cultural artefacts and expect people to visit these places to receive this information. But do these buildings serve the same function in Ghana or do Ghanaians seek and receive their culture in different spaces? Check out the blog and tell us what you think…
As public awareness of the Year of Return picked up in Dzodze (February), it also came to my attention that changes were also happening at Ghana’s Immigration Service (GIS). GIS had activated a rule, which meant non-Ghanaian and non-ECOWAS passport holders had to add an invitation letter to their visa application.
The development divided opinion within Ghanaian communities. It also threw up the question of how tourists who know nobody in Ghana sourced an invitation letter. I also asked if this rule would be a help or hindrance to Ghana’s Year of Return campaign. Check out what the authorities said in the piece: Ghana’s invitation rule change.
By Tedoxe (March), I had finished reading the new book The Trial of J.J Rawlings by Kojo Yankah and decided to write a review of its contents and share it with the author. I had been quite critical of the author’s style but also found it interesting how it challenged my views of a former president I had grown up fearing. Have you read this book and has it changed your perceptions of J J Rawlings? Check it out the post: The Trial of JJ Rawlings – a review.
If you want to know the heartbeat of any city, town and village, then look at those – sometimes small things – that make it tick and give it character. In Afɔfĩe (April), I published a piece about the alternative tourist attractions that I had found during my travels around Accra and wider Ghana. For me, a tourist site doesn’t have to be a recognised nature reserve or museum, it could be your everyday market, a place where birds flock or a ruined building. Check out the blog: Ghana’s alternative tourist attractions and tell us what you think.
Living outside of your comfort zone can be the catalyst to self-discovery. I found this out when I relocated to Ghana (for a second time) and lived in Brazil before that. In this Dama (May) post, I speak about my life-changing experiences and adventures and share some tips along the way too. Check it out here and if you’ve made the move to somewhere new – tell us how it was for you in the comments section.
In Masa (June), I became an official media partner for Africa Fashion Week London, which meant access to all areas, freebie tickets for my readership and a chance to generate fresh content. Check some out below. And watch out for my review of the last six months coming out shortly…..