Ghana Cultural Experience 2019
What was supposed to be a 2-hr journey from Accra turned into a 5 hr excursion – the taste of Ghana traffic at its worse on the first day was not something I wished for. But the Akwaaba Ceremony & Libation made up for the delay. We were greatly appreciated and welcomed by the Prampram Paramount chief Nene Tetteh Wakah 111, palace staff, honoured guests & locals.
Travelled to Central Region for a historical visit to Elmina and Cape Coast Dungeons incorporating an evening of thanks giving and remembrance with affirmations, readings, food offerings and candle lighting.
Singing Bob Marleys Redemption Song as we departed.
In the early hours of the morning about 6:30am we gathered for a ritual and affirmations by the sea shore led by Seestah Imaachus of One Africa Health Resort. Starting with breathing exercises, affirmations, hugs, screams and ending with foot cleansing – that raised our vibration for the day – and gave us a clear outlook for the visit to Kakum National Park.
Not wanting to leave after spending 2 nights at One Africa at 4am we headed north to Kumasi – Ashanti Kingdom to Manhyia palace, visit to Adinkra village in Ntonso and final stop to Bonwire Kente village. A packed day but learnt so much.
Although we were lucky for beautiful sun topping up with Vit D, the skies decided to open and pour with rain to delay our palm nut soup cookery lesson – but the final taste was delicious.
During our visit to Okurase the development by Project Okurase has transformed the village. At a district Jnr school we donated sanitary wear, stationary and books – which was gratefully received. The school pupils had just finished sports lesson and we were informed that they did not have a sports kit. It was thereafter suggested by some guests about raising funds for sports. (updates coming soon –http://thecalabashhub.com/okurase-village/
Ending the day with a drum and dance workshop.
Over 2 days was spent with nature – the Aburi Botanical gardens and a trip to Akosombo with a picturesque boat ride down the Volta Lake.
For the last day I introduced a Sip and Paint which I have always wished to do as a creative workshop. It was supposed to be fun but many took the task seriously or just wished to chill. But in the end all made an effort and created a painted calabash bowl whilst sipping on juice.
It was a great decision to add an extra day this year to the trip – which meant more shopping & leisure time. On the reflection day we anomalously each wrote a line on paper of our overall Ghanaian experience, which was suggested by guest Kim Sheldon (IG kimhowardsheldon). We had some challenges but overall a fun, creative and memorable experience.
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POEM – SEE GHANA
bless Sister E (Naa Dzamah)
Forward Ever, Backward Never