Posts Tagged ‘West Africa’

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Happy Independence Day Ghana From Spoken Word Artist, Black

March 6th marks the day Ghana turns 56. In 1957, Ghana became the first Black African nation to gain independence from colonization. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was one of the main leaders that helped Ghana obtain its independence from Britain. (Fun fact about Dr. Kwame Nkrumah: he attended the HBCU Lincoln University in Pennsylvania).

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Chris Brown in Accra – What’s the Big Deal?

One of the reasons I was excited to move to Accra is that it’s building itself as a hub in West Africa for digital media. And Ghana is working towards that with the launch of the Hope City Project. Hope City will be an IT hub that will also include Africa’s largest building. Read more […]

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Revolutionary Music and Politics in Africa 101: A Mix by Teck Zilla

Last week I featured an audio-docmentary of Fela Kuti by producer  Teck Zilla. This week I’ll highlight his first audio-documentary track, The Afro J.E.T.S. Club Project. With J.E.T.S. standing for Justice, Equality, Truth, and Sacrifice, Teck features voices who fought for Africa’s liberation. Leaders like Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana’s first president), Nnamdi Azikiwe (Nigeria’s first president) […]

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It’s a Felabration, Bitches: An Audio-Documentary

Last year, for Black History Month, I profiled Black American celebrities who traced their African ancestry. This year, still taking it back to Africa, but this time with some great music.  I found a mix, by Nigerian Producer Teck Zilla. Teck Zilla, based in Montreal, teamed up with Society HAE to produce an audio-documentary of […]

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Inauguration Day Ghana Style – A Photo Essay

Once I heard President Barack Obama won re-election, I was determined to make my way back to DC for Inauguration Day in January. But then I consulted my bank account, and well, she said no.

Photo 365-Day 137 “Preach, My Brother… Not”

One would be amused at how religious references permeate Ghana. I mentioned earlier the plethora of businesses with Christian references. I’ve been on tro-tros where people whip out a bible and start going to church. Well Ghana’s bus system ain’t having that. A sign posted here in the back of the bus. Proselityzers, you’ve been […]

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Photo 365- Day 135 “Sister Girl Ads”

Another reason I love Ghana is that you get to see beautiful, Black women in ads like these. Look at homegirl rocking her cornrows in this Nescafé ad… Beautiful! I think the only place I would see an ad like this in the US is in a magazine like Essence. Even then, with a corporation […]

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Photo 365-Day 134 “Tilapia Food Truck”

Looks like the food truck craze has hit Accra. Shown here is a tilapia food truck on Spintex Road. Here’s the owner grilling some fish for me. Before seeing the truck, he approached me asking if I’d like to buy some. Since there’s no shortage of tilapia here, I quickly shooed him away. Then he […]

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Music Spotlight – Electronic Music from Nigeria

Looking to hear some cutting-edge electronic music? Nigeria has something to offer you. Producer Bigfoot is very well one of Nigeria’s most eclectic music producers. His beats range from hip-hop to dance to trance. Well, he’s back at it again. He’s done an e-mix, i.e., electronic mix

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Travel Snapshot – Anomabo Beach, Ghana

A simple snapshot – watching the sunset in Anomabo, a fishing town on the central coast of Ghana.