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As the year (and decade) comes to a close, more and more Black people from around the diaspora are making their way to Ghana to commemorate 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia. Most are hoping to bring the moment full circle with end of year events celebrating their return ‘home’ to the vibrant West African nation.

One couple who recently returned from Ghana is Rondel (@kingronthedon) and Yanique (@lechicboheme) Holder. The pair set out on their trip to Ghana not knowing quite what to expect. What they experienced by the end of the journey had such a profound effect on them, that it changed their lives forever.

“Our first trip to Ghana definitely will not be our last. We spent 11 days exploring the bustling streets of Accra, the cultural hub of Kumasi – home of the powerful Ashanti Kingdom and world-renowned kente cloth, the beautiful but sobering Cape Coast where Elmina Castle and Cape Coast Castle tell the stories of our stolen ancestors, and the breathtaking Lake Volta. And though we’ve been to many African countries prior to this, Ghana has provided an experience like no other,” says the couple.


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