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How Ghana’s historic homecoming is changing Africa | CNN

(CNN) — It’s the last Saturday of the year in the heart of Accra, Ghana’s capital. The air is thick with the anticipation of the thousands of revelers who have swarmed the gates of El Wak Stadium to take part in an annual celebration of African culture known as Afrochella. Inside it’s a sea of diversity. Austrian, Ivorian and Nigerian men pose for cameras before inviting an American woman to join. Nearby, two French women draped in the traditional Ghanaian Kente cloth dance to a mix of reggae and afrobeats. At the bar, four British men chat with locals while […]

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Everyone And Their Mama Was In Ghana For The Holidays | Essence

The FOMO was real this holiday season as Black excellence hit the streets of Accra, Ghana. If you weren’t in Ghana for the holidays, you were probably the only one. Melanin of all shades descended on the streets of Accra to close out not only the decade but the country’s ridiculously successful Year of Return initiative. And for everyone who wasn’t there, trust that the FOMO was very real. From celebrities like Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, who hosted ESSENCE’s Full Circle Festival, to everyday travelers, Black travelers were excited to return “home” to Ghana and live their best […]

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The story of Breffu, a female slave from Ghana who led a massive slave revolt to take over the West Indies in 1733 | Face2Face Africa

Many rebellions took place during the peak of the slave trade. The reasons for the uprising are simple; enslaved Africans were tired of being abused, misused and mistreated. They were also tired of seeing each other die and living in stark poverty all their lives. Enslaved Africans were not allowed to voice out their troubles and problems; this led to the act of rebelling against their masters and fleeing to freedom, their only way of being heard. In 1733, one such revolt against the Danes in the West Indies happened. Known as the 1733 slave insurrection on St John, it […]

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Afrochella Is Ghana’s Ultimate Party With A Purpose | Essence

Cofounder and CEO Abdul Karim Abdullah hopes Year of the Return visitors will feel “a vibration of the country and what it feels like to be with the people.” On January 1, 2019, London-based British-Ghanaian lawyer Yvonne Kramo was definitely feeling some FOMO when she tweeted, “Christmas/ NYE 2018 clearly belonged to Accra. #Afrochella.” Indeed, Idris Elba, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Naomi Campbell, Ebro Darden and many other celebs were in Accra, Ghana, for the inaugural Full Circle Festival. Their itinerary included an invitation to what seemed like the continent’s biggest day-into-night event, Afrochella. More than 10,000 people gathered […]

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How To Spark A Global Movement: Ghana’s ‘Year Of Return’ Welcomes 1M Visitors | Forbes

Tourism is big business. Globally, it accounts for more than 10% of GDP. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, 1 out of 5 of all jobs created in the last 5 years was in tourism. But on the African continent, it accounts for only 3.6% of GDP. With its massive growth and job creating potential, it’s no wonder why African governments are trying to increase tourism to their nations. None has done it as well as Ghana. The “Year of Return” has hit a chord. In January of 2019, the Ghana Tourism Authority projected that “Year of Return” […]

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Ghana granted citizenship to over 100 African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans as part of Year of Return |Quartz Africa

As Osibisa’s “Welcome Home” played in the background, 126 African-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans, dressed in colorful traditional costumes, became Ghana’s newest citizens. The oath of allegiance was administered by a judge in a ceremony at Jubilee House, the seat of government. The ceremony is the biggest highlight as Ghana marks 2019 as the Year of Return. One after the other, the new citizens took turns to shake hands with their president and went on to collect their citizenship certificates. “On behalf of the government and people of Ghana, I congratulate you once again on resuming your identity as Ghanaians,” President Nana […]

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Meet the woman who opened a library in Ghana with focus on Black writers | Check Out Africa.com

Ivor Moyo, Check Out Africa.com 2017, writer Sylvia Arthur packed up her belongings, including what remained of her personal library, and left London for Accra, the capital of Ghana, her parent’s home country. Driven out of the U.K. by the high cost of living and hostile political environment, she sought peace in West Africa. Part of feeling at home in Ghana was down to the fact that her complete book collection, over 1,300 works collected over two decades predominantly by writers of African descent, had long been in her mother’s house in Kumasi. Overcome by guilt that the books weren’t […]

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This Ghanaian Art Historian is Creating a 54-Volume Encyclopedia on African Culture – Okay Africa Ghanaian writer and art historian, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, was a PhD student back in 2009, when she first conceived the idea of creating a comprehensive archive of African art and culture.

Ghanaian writer and art historian, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, was a PhD student back in 2009, when she first conceived the idea of creating a comprehensive archive of African art and culture.

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