It’s hard to believe that political instability in Ghana, rising inflation and food shortages during the late 1970s and early 80s, also left an indelible mark on the country’s highlife music. Continue reading “Pat Thomas and the power of highlife”
It’s not every day that you meet a musical icon but as I was walking towards Brixton train station, I saw a man I haven’t seen for about 15 years. Continue reading “The time I met D’Influence’s Kwame Kwaten….”
Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) 2019 returns from 9 August for two days. This event returns to Freemasons’ Hall London. AFWL 2019 has been running since 2011 and has showcased the work of around 900 designers/exhibitors and represented over 50 countries – 30 of them from the African continent.
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Africa Writes, the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing brought to you by the Royal African Society, returns to the British Library from Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July 2019 featuring three headline events and a packed festival weekend. Bringing together over 60 of the most influential African writers and thought leaders, this 8th festival edition covers over 20 countries and explores a cross-section of themes and critical ideas about African literature today. Continue reading “Africa Writes 2019 – Cosmology, Masculinity, Fatherhood & Mental Health”
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 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”
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”
If you are looking for colourful socks representing the vibrancy of West Africa, look no further than Afrisocks – a new venture established by two entrepreneurs at the beginning of the year that aims to promote African culture and design.
Film Africa 2018 returns to London for an eighth year and will be showcasing titles from 15 African countries and African-themed films from 18 countries across the UK and EU between 2 November and 11 November. These films include UK and world premieres such as The Burial of Kojo by Ghanaian hip hop artist turned writer/director Blitz Bazawule (aka Blitz the Ambassador). Continue reading “Film Africa 2018: Showcasing contemporary African film”
The Writers’ Project Ghana and the Goethe-Institut Ghana collaborated for a second time in October 2018 to produce Pa Gya – A Literary Festival. And thank God they did. This event drew on the rich history of oral storytelling that is embedded in Ghanaian and wider African cultures. It also celebrated the wealth of talent from across Africa and the Diaspora, and created a space for controversial topics to be aired, challenged and explored.