Ghana is just like many other countries. There are the rural areas, far from the cities and capitals where people struggle to make ends meet. There are towns and regional capitals with large universities that are young and vibrant. And there are major cities, including the capital of Accra, where there are major cultural events, … More Ghana Fashion and Design Week: A Recap
As I shut the door and settle into the front seat of the nearly dilapidated taxi, the customary greeting tumble out of my mouth. “Good afternoon, how are you?” “Fine and you too?” the driver responds. “I am also fine,” I chirp back in a friendly ritual that is repeated throughout my day. A few … More Difficulties of Traveling as a Ghanaian
It’s been a little more than a week since King Rama IX, Bhumibol Adulyadej died. His passing is a tremendous event in Thailand, and as such the next year has been declared a year of mourning for the Land of Smiles. Many people who haven’t spent an extended amount of time in Thailand, and even … More Death and Loss in Thailand
Last month, the Thai people voted on a referendum for a new constitution, their 20th constitution since 1932 when King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) acquiesced to the demands of a bloodless coup. It passed with 61% of the vote, with 59% of eligible voters participating. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
This past Wednesday, September 21 was a holiday across Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday is celebrated each year as Founder’s Day in Ghana. He was a main agitator for Ghana’s independence from Britain and elected as Ghana’s first president, but in a global context, he was so much more than that.
Music is seemingly everywhere in Ghana. It’s rare to have a truly quiet moment outside of normal sleeping hours, and even normal sleeping hours don’t always stop the tunes from wafting through the neighborhood. There is a proud history and tradition of music in Ghana, particularly the homegrown genre of highlife, which is a fusion … More Winneba’s Brass Band Festival
It was dark and the evening was in full swing. Traffic was simply not moving anywhere, forwards or backwards, and there were competing sound systems every 10 meters or so. People crowded throughout the streets, hands grasping sausages on sticks or bottles of beer shouting to friends, jockeying to get a good position to watch some dancers … More Celebrating Afahye in Cape Coast
A couple months ago, the US State Department released the 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report and it was not good news for Ghana. For the second year in a row, Ghana was placed on the Tier 2 Watch List, which means that if the government does not make significant anti-trafficking efforts, next year Ghana … More Modern Slavery in Ghana
Listed by National Geographic as one of the world’s most thrilling hikes, Kakum National Park is truly a delight and worth a visit if you’re in Ghana.
The international image of Africa is often one of extremes: extreme poverty, extreme conflicts, extreme animals. But these stories overlook some of the more nuanced versions of things happening here, particularly the tech and innovations coming from Africans for Africans. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to the Kantanka manufacturing company.
One thing that most cultures have is a staple food — something that is eaten with every meal. In many Asian countries, including Thailand, it’s rice. In Ghana, there are a couple of different versions of the staple, but they are all essentially a pounded starch mixed with a bit of water to make a … More Staple Foods of Ghana
This weekend is a three-day weekend, and not because of July 4th, America’s Independence Day. Here in Ghana, today is Republic Day, which is separate and different from Ghana’s Independence Day (March 6). On this day, in 1960, Kwame Nkrumah was inaugurated as the first president of the first independent Black African nation. But it … More Ghana’s Republic Day