“I was lost but now, I’m found. Was blind but now i see. It was grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home”. These are the sacred words of the Christian Hymn, Amazing grace. These words resonate with many Africans in the diaspora and African Americans who have made a conscious effort to rediscover their ancestral roots in Africa.
The feeling is ecstatic. So much emotion, joy, sadness and beauty to rediscover a home your ancestors left many years ago. What a journey it has been.
For many African Americans, its about a different kind of peace rediscovered. A special kind of connection with the African continent that is a dream come true. Where skin colour is not a determining factor of who you are as a person. Where young people can rediscover an identity, a culture, a serene way of life never known in the West.
The year of return definitely is a blessing in disguise for many Africans in the diaspora who have felt empty and lost in a Country they struggle to find an identity and recognition.
Africa has its challenges like all parts of the world. Africa is however a beautiful continent with so much to explore, discover and rediscover. IT gives everyone an opportunity to reassert yourself, your identity and create the world in which possibility abounds.
Visit the African continent and be inspired.
Mills Media Announces “Asantewaa: Battle For The Golden Stool” Comic Book And Game.
“Asantewaa-Battle For The Golden Stool” is the very first Ghanaian/African superhero featured character in a comic book and video game. The creators of this wonderful piece are driven by a strong sense of passion for culture and this piece is geared towards unveiling the culture and ancestral memories of Africa and to show the world there are real life superheroes people don’t know about yet.
When we think of superheroes, we usually see them as people dressed in costumes who have the ability to either fly, breath fire, punch through brick walls or even shoot webs.
However, there are individuals who do not have these special abilities but have done great things and these are the real heroes. These are our heroes, particularly African heroes and our motherland Ghana has seen the existence of many super heroes. The problem however, is our failure to acknowledge these great men and women as the heroes.
Instead, we have warmly embraced the fictional heroes created for us in movies and in books. “Heroes of the Past” is a project aimed at presenting the great Ghanaian men and women who have contributed to our Ghanaian history to the world in a modern and exciting way.
“Asantewaa- battle for the Golden Stool” is a modern retell of the story of the great Yaa Asantewaa, who exhibited pure bravery when she led the Ashanti Kingdom against British Colonialism in 1900. She led her people to fight the British to protect the Golden stool which was and still remains the symbol and pride of the Ashanti Kingdom.
Yaa Asantewaa is the reason why the Ashantis still take pride in the Golden stool. This project gives you the opportunity to relive these great historical moments as it provides interesting dialogue and graphic representation of events.
What a better way to learn about the history of our great nation than through the eye of an artist. It presents relatable characters which would make everyone especially children easily fall in love with our past Ghanaian heroes.
How cool would it be if our children would prefer to have Ghanaian/African hero themed parties instead of a Spiderman or ironman theme party. Technology is the sure way to achieve this.
Ghanaian Visual Artist Showcases His Creativity On BET AiR.
Mohammed Blakk originally named Mohammed Osumanu, is a visual artist, fashion stylist and a creative entrepreneur, who envisions pushing the limits of arts, culture and creativity beyond the Ghanaian boundaries.
He was featured on the 20th week of the 2019 Series of BET AiR (Artists in Residence) – an instagram specific initiative by BET to shine the light on artistes from the diaspora.
For four days from the 26th to the 29th of November, the feature was aimed at showcasing Mohammed’s creative processes, co-creators and results, as well as everything in between.
According to Mohammed who describes this as a milestone he didn’t expect anytime soon, he deems this as a step in the right direction, considering this is his seventh year in the industry.
“We have been doing this for quite a while now, and having to score a BET feature is an appreciable milestone which only goes on to prove that, better things are going to come by. The acknowledgement is real, and I am proud of my co-creatives for how far we have come.”
Speaking about what this meant for future projects, Mohammed replied, “Well, as an artiste this gives me a boost to keep up, and a signal to focus on authenticity as me and my friends like Revy Boadu, Peach Adepa have been pursuing. As an entrepreneur who idolizes the likes of Virgil Abloh, Jean-Michel Basquiat, I see this as an added leverage, to better position my brand in a constantly evolving space as fashion”
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President Calls For Local Content In Media Programmes.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called for the need to have local content in media programmes in Ghana as a matter of regulation, to preserve the rich Ghanaian culture.
The President said the future of tourism rested in the rich culture of the country and it was imperative for the media to promote that culture in a well packaged manner to attract investments for the growth of the economy.
In a speech read on his behalf at the opening of the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC), by the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Marfo, the President said the Ghanaian culture was as relevant as ever, in national development and must be promoted at all cost.
He said “we cannot continue to be showing foreign telenovelas, cultures and programmes that teaches our children nothing on our national television, whiles our unique culture goes unnoticed”.
The President observed that there was so much potential in the Ghanaian culture with the unique feature of diversity, to educate our children to be responsible and create employment, livelihoods and the needed jobs for our youth.
In that direction, President Akufo-Addo indicated that NAFAC 2019 was premised on concrete achievements worth celebrating and not just an ordinary funfair, disclosing that with financial assistance from Japan, about 3,000 youth had benefited from pilot training programmes in culture and creative arts.
He noted that as contained in the 2016 NPP manifesto, government would progressively pursue the construction of Regional theatres mentioning the completion of some outstanding cultural infrastructure including those in the Eastern and Ashanti regions and plans were underway to complete the rest.
He explained that government was fashioning out ways to establish a Community Youth Cultural Centre and Craft Village at Kanda, Accra, through the private sector to provide suitable marketing avenues for art and craft producers and vendors.
He said government was also spearheading the Marine drive tourism and investments project to open up the doors of Ghana to international investment in tourism, culture and creative arts to create jobs, wealth and promote traditional craftsmanship.
Nana Kwebu Ewusi, Paramount Chief of Abeadzi Traditional area, in the Central Region and Vice President of the National House of Chiefs called for the improvement of culture education in schools, saying, “Science and Technology are only useful when embedded in the culture of the people”.
He said the Commission on National Culture was not well resourced to undertake the role and urged government to strengthen all relevant institutions mandated to preserve and develop Ghana’s culture to improve the economy.
Nana Ewusi, called on all to use the festival to strengthen the common bonding as a people even in diversity and appealed to politicians to eschew politics of insults, divisions and name calling ahead of the 2020 general elections.
Daasebre Professor Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional area, said Ghana was not economically independent and therefore must unite as people even in diversity to achieve the Ghana beyond Aid, which seeks to make Ghana a self-dependent economy.
The seven-day NAFAC underway in Koforidua is on the theme: “Empowering the Youth through Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts for Employment and Wealth creation”.
Agora Announces Aboya As Winner Of Its World Photography Competition.
“Songs of Freedom,” an arresting image of boys enjoying music by Michael Aboya, @eightman, a 24 year-old self-taught Ghanaian photographer, has been selected as “Best Photo of the Year” and awarded a grand prize of $25,000 during the official Agora Awards 2019 ceremony held in Barcelona on Wednesday.
After nine months of competition and more than 130,000 submissions from photographers all over the world, the winning image was chosen from 50 finalists.
Unlike any other contest, the #AGORAawards2019, in its third year and open to professional and amateur photographers who canjoin for free, recognizes the single most-voted photo of the year, without any photography genre categories.
For the past nine months, photographers from around the world have submitted their pictures to compete for the title of “Best Photo of the Year” and the $25,000 prize. Now the 50 finalists from more than 130,000 submissions have been announced by the organizers, the Agora Awards #AGORAawards2019.
This is the third year of the contest that recognizes the “single most-voted photo of the year, without any photography genre categories,” including amateurs and professional photographers alike who can join for free.