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
Every year, the first weekend of May, my city’s population of 70,000 swells, the restaurants get a fresh coat of paint and temporarily expand, and the tents go up for impromptu, mobile shops to sell whatever it is they have as inventory. It the weekend of the Aboakyer (pronounced uh-BAW-chay) festival in Winneba, and it … More Aboakyer: Deer Hunting Festival of Winneba
“Ten a.m. And actually at ten, not Ghana time,” Pomaa said. “Because it is at the Catholic church and they are on time.” Pomaa’s brother was getting married in Accra and she had invited us to attend, and I was very excited to go. It was time to nail down the details, in order to … More Getting Married on Ghana Time