Category: Celebrations and festivities

US Mission Hosts Festival for Africans in Virginia

The US mission to the Africa Union hosted   Africa FEST in Virginia that brought together the people from Africa’s 54 sovereign states as reported by Sam P. K. Collins in the Washington Informer.

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African-American Commentator Gives take on huge Nigerian Gathering in New Orleans

Prominent African-American political commentator and university professor, Dr. Jason Johnson,  joined over 1000 Nigerians of Igbo ethnicity in New Orleans during the the 14th annual Umu Igbo Unite Nigerian Cultural Conference. He gives a hilarious and poignant narrative of his experience  as a faux Nigerian in this piece in The Root.

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Ghanaians Celebrate Heritage in New York

Following on the heels of a successful comming together in Chicago last week, the Ghanian Community in New York is hosting Ghanafest this weekend according to this report by face2faceafrica.com

Members of the Ghanaian community across New York and neighbouring cities, New Yorkers, and visitors to the city will converge at Crotona Park, Bronx, to attend the 9th Annual Ghana Fest-NY, a display of Ghanaian culture and heritage.

The theme for this year “Celebrating our Culture”, will showcase a durbar of chiefs and Ghanaian queen mothers, live music, traditional drummers and dancers, Afrobeats, cultural cuisine, and a cultural bazaar.  The Children’s Village will feature oware and ampeh demonstrations – age-old Ghanaian games – and will even have a hand at creating their own kente inspired woven crafts and adinkra prints. Coupled with ludo board games – another Ghanaian pastime – face painting, and cake and cookie decorating, it’s going to be a day to remember! Continue reading “Ghanaians Celebrate Heritage in New York”

Ghanaians celebrate in Chicago

Ghanaians from across America gathered in Chicago for the annual Ghanafest event. The event was a grand success according to this report from ghanaweb

Ghana’s rich culture was on display over the weekend as thousands of Ghanaians and other nationalities thronged the Washington Park in Chicago for arguably the biggest Ghanaian outdoor event in North America, Ghanafest.

Chiefs representing various traditional areas from Ghana, adorned in their traditional regalia, showcased their rich culture amid drumming, dancing and singing from their areas.

This year’s event was unique as it marked the 30th anniversary of Ghanafest. As if to tell the world how this milestone is important, most of the traditional leaders were dressed in their most glamorous of outfits.

“I’ve been a part of Ghanafest for the past 30 years but this is the most amazing display of culture in so many years,” says Ruben Hadzid, a Chicago resident.

The event also saw the outdooring of the Ewe Queen of Chicago,nMama Hilda Adjaho Kuevi. To the Ewe community, this is a landmark feat as the community has been without a queen for a long time.

Mama Adjaho promised to help the chief and elders of the Ewe community to help bring leadership and support to the community

The event drew many Ghanaians from all over the world.

“This is Incredible. I’ve never seen anything like this before, this feels just like Ghana,” says Charlotte Abo who came from London, UK.

Aretha Awuku also came from Madrid, Spain and said: “This is one way we can show and teach our kids our values and culture.”

In this age of technology where Ghanaian kids born abroad do not go home regularly, “This will give them a feel of how things are done back home,” she added.

The event also brought together Ghanaian entrepreneurs who put their wares on display for sales. From restaurant owners, fashion designers and artists, there was something Ghanaian for everyone.

culled from: Ghanaians celebrate in Chicagohttp://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/diaspora/Ghana-s-rich-tradition-on-display-at-GhanaFest-Chicago-673070