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.
The Ghanaian government has activated a condition in its immigration rules making it mandatory for all visitors without Ghanaian citizenship or ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) membership to submit an invitation letter along with their traditional visa application. Continue reading “Ghana’s immigration rule change”
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 – Year of Return 2019”
Ghana is a melting pot of cultures, languages and traditions and nowhere is this most obvious than in Accra where there’s an array of activities city dwellers can get involved in. Continue reading “Ghana’s narrative in pictures”
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”
There’s a new push to revive the tourism sector and encourage both outsiders and those inside Ghana to visit more of the country’s iconic historical, cultural and eco-friendly landscapes. Continue reading “Space for change in Ghana’s tourism sector”
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 – Year of Return 2019”
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”
The aim of the annual the TINA [This Is The New Africa] Festival is to become the home of Afrobeats. The Festival will be the place where people go to experience the lifestyle that comes with the music. Continue reading “January events – Year of Return 2019”
The first enslaved Africans to set foot on American soil did so 400 years ago and it is claimed that happened in Jamestown, Virginia. The Year of Return – 2019 – seeks to commemorate this by calling on Africans of the diaspora to come home to visit, settle and/or do business in Ghana.