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 to produce Pa Gya – A Literary Festival in October 2018. And thank God they did. This event drew on the rich history of oral storytelling that is embedded in Ghanaian and wider African cultures; celebrated the wealth of talent from across African and the Diaspora, and created a space for controversial topics to be aired, challenged and explored.
My cousin recently introduced me to a comedy skit making waves on social media featuring a young guy and his parents that has had me rolling on the floor in tears of uncontrolled laughter. The comedian’s name is SDK and this young man has managed to capture all that is good and bad about growing up with Ghanaian parents in skits no longer than three minutes. Continue reading “Keeping comedy in the family”
If you are looking for a game, can’t find it in the shops – why not make it yourself? That was the thinking behind Patrick Adom’s ‘Very Puzzled’ creation – a jigsaw puzzle with an Africa theme designed to make learning fun, educational and accessible to all. Continue reading “Puzzle-maker proves learning can be fun”
Ernest Kofi Abbeyquaye has been in the film-making business since the early 60s and before that had a childhood talent for telling stories. Continue reading “In conversation with film-maker legend Ernest Abbeyquaye”
Our pasts inform our futures so knowing where you come from has its benefits. Check out some of these stories below. Continue reading “History”