Kente has become one of the most widely used cloth for social gatherings in Africa and the world at large. Kente originates from Ghana and was formerly associated with royals.

Today, kente has gone through cultural dynamism in which much value has been placed on the traditional way of portraying the African style of dressing through the embroidery of the Ghanaian kente cloth.

The first lady of Ghana who plays significant role in upholding the image of her husband and Ghana is well-known for promoting made in Ghana traditional clothes

H.E Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo is aways seen rocking Ghana made clothes confidently in most official gatherings, especially kente outfits which is very symbolic to the Ghanaian culture.

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First lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo is one of the spouses of African leaders highly venerated and cherished by a lot of people especially the Ghanaian young women. The ever-beautiful Rebecca as described by her husband president of the republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo- Addo is just naturally beautiful.

 

Always in her phenomenal “slit and kaba” kente cloth at national events, the first lady of Ghana is admired for her simple but decent fashion sense. She embraces the traditional wear in such an extraordinary design as the stylish mother of the nation.

Where it comes made in Ghana clothes, one can confidently say Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo ‘has it covered’ her kente outfits during official and none official engagements are always on point.

The Akufo-Addo administration has been an advocate for patronizing made in Ghana goods since it was voted into power.

Hence, as part of encouraging Ghanaians to support Ghanaian business in our contemporary economy, wearing the Ghanaian traditional fabric, kente empowers the wear Ghana initiative and celebrate our culture under the presidency of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Mrs Rebecca Akufo Addo’s appearance in Ghana made kente often times is believed to be contributing enormously to the economy of the country since her outfits are mostly designed by the local fashion designers.

 

 

She also helps in promoting the fashion industry in Ghana by challenging them to explore new designs.

What’s your favourite Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo Kente outfit and why? DROP YOUR COMMENTS

It’s been an exhilarating and entertaining weekend in Ghana and the African continent on the account of Ghana’s biggest music festival, under the auspices of Vodafone telecommunications network and charterhouse.

This year’s celebration unlike last year was celebrated with live audience and performances from the incredible talents emerging from Ghana and making waves across the globe.

Held at the Accra international conference Centre and the new Dome, the 22nd edition of the annual music festival ended successfully with the major prize presented to Ghanaian gospel singer, Diana Hamilton who was nominated along with well celebrated artist like Sarkodie, Kidi, Kuami Eugene, Adina and Medikal. She also won three awards making a total of four.

This year’s VGMA saw a lot of entertainers and influencers excitingly flaunting their fashionable outfits on the red-carpet session. Others advertised their designers and expressed their expectations and those they were rooting for on the awards night.

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The first night was hosted by TV3’s Giovanni Caleb and AJ Sarpong who were looking exquisite in their outfit. With electrifying live band performances from legendary rapper Okyeame Kwame and singer, Bob Pinodo who was also honoured the lifetime achievement award.

The stage was also shaken with fantastic performances from artistes like Kofi Kinaata, Kidi, Strongman, Cina Soul, Sista Afia, Fameye, Eno Barony among several others.

Performances continued as  Kuami Eugene, Diana Hamilton, joe mettle, Kwesi Arthur, Mr. Drew, MOG music among several artistes gingered the stage with their unique and excellent stage techniques.

Castro was honoured with his music performed on stage as well as paying tribute to Ghana’s well celebrated icons including  actor Bernard Nyarko and celebrity photographer Bob Pixel who passed on last year.

It was indeed a night of honouring the creative industry and the remarkable skills exhibited by musicians in the country. Nonetheless some artistes were captured in most of the award categories as they obtained more than five nominations each.

They include Adina who was nominated 11 times but won 3, Kidi 8 times and bagged home 4, Diana Hamilton, 6 times but won 4 and Kuami Eugene 9 times and won 1.

 

Below is the list of the winners of the various awards categories.

  1. Artist of the year – Diana Hamilton
  2. Gospel Song of the Year – Diana Hamilton (Adom)
  3. Gospel Artist of the Year – Diana Hamilton
  4. Vodafone most popular song of the year – Diana Hamilton (Adom)
  5. Highlife song of the year – KiDi (Enjoyment)
  6. Afrobeats/Afropop Song of the Year – KiDi (Say Cheese)
  7. Afrobeats/Afropop Artist of the Year – KiDi
  8. Ep of the year – KiDi (Blue)
  9. Record of the Year – Adina (Daddy’s Little Girl)
  • Album of the Year – Adina (Araba)
  • Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Adina (Why)
  • Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year – Epixode
  • Male Vocalist of the Year – MOG (Oguamma)
  • Female Vocalist of the Year – Abiana (Adun Lei)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Pinodo
  • Traditional Artiste of the Year – Manhyia Tete Nwomkro
  • Music for Good – Yaayaa
  • Sound Engineer of the Year – Richie Mensah
  • Producer of the Year – Richie Mensah
  • Songwriter of the Year – Kofi Kinaata
  • Vodafone Green Award – Kofi Kinaata
  • Best Rap Performance – Eno Barony
  • Best Video of the Year – MzVee (Baddest Boss)
  • International Collaboration of the Year – Kwesi Arthur FT. Joe Boy (Baajo)
  • Instrumentalist of the Year – Nana Yaw Sarfo
  • Unsung Act of the Year – Nanky
  • Best New Artist of the Year – Mr. Drew
  • Highlife Artiste of the Year – Kuami Eugene
  • Hip Hop Song of the Year – Yaw Tog (Sore)
  • Hip Hop Artist of the Year – Medikal
  • Hiplife Song of the Year Keche (No Dulling)
  • Keche – Best group of the year
  • Best African Artist – Master KG
  • Best Collaboration of the Year – Sarkodie FT. Kuami Eugene (Happy Day)

 

 

 

The Kente fabric is Africa’s most complex making cloth with varieties of meanings pertaining to the African culture and tradition.

Various historical accounts suggest that kente was originated from the Ewe tribe in Ghana and was passed on to the natives of the Ashanti region of Ghana. The Ewes named the cloth “ke” “te” which is now mispronounced as “kente’.

 

According to the Ewe dialect, “ke” simply means to spread or open and “te” is to tighten or press. Therefore, in referring to the process of making the kente cloth, the Ewes said, “ke na te” thus “spread and tighten”.

In that case, you open (“ke”) the weft, pass the waft through it, and press (“te”) as many times until a desired pattern is obtained.

 

The Ashantis on the other hand adopted the process and in the Akan dialect referring to a woven cloth is “nwentoma” however, the name adopted was “Kente” which means basket and a traditional Ghanaian basket is also weaved in a particular parttern.

The cloth is hand-woven in different colours intertwined on a thin straight loom by the Kente weavers.

Decades ago, kente cloth was associated with only the royal people because it was only worn by the kings and queens on several occasions to suit the purpose of the occasion. It’s mostly worn for ceremonies like weddings, christenings, graduation, parties, funerals as well as other social functions. Political and traditional leaders in Ghana, Africa and the world are often seen in the Kente fabric to portray the pride of the African heritage.

 

Delegates at Nana Addo’s swearing in wearing Ghana Kente

As the world evolves with culture dynamism and assimilation, the African culture has been accepted internationally with a lot of changes in the styles of dressing especially the Kente cloth which is currently worn across the globe.

 Ghana made Kente cloth used to be solely woven with the tread made from silk but in recent years it’s made from rayon, cotton and silk making it affordable and accessible to everyone since it’s famously worn by people across the globe.

Kenta fashion – Afronation Ghana

Today, Kente is made into fashionable costumes such as hats, mufflers, ties, shoes, bags, sandals, shirts among other fashionable pieces for commercial sales.

Every colour and pattern of the woven kente cloth has a peculiar meaning and conveys certain messages to the society. The dynamism on African sense of fashion in our contemporary world has seen a lot of effort from African designers to exhibit their innovative skills through the various patterns of which kente cloth is woven.

Kente Fashion – Nana Addo’s inauguration 2021

 

To this effect, new patterns and types with new meanings are emerging alongside the original designs.  The various messages over 350 kente patterns denotes includes;

  • Forgiveness and seeking reconciliation and peace with those that offend us.
  • Remember to support friends and family when success is achieved.
  • Warning against internal disputes and war.
  • Vitality and progress.
  • Royalty, classiness, wealth and superiority.
  • Spiritual sacredness.
  • Warning against dictatorship and fighting for participatory democracy.
  • Family bond is the main source of unity.
  • Faith, hope and harmony.
  • Good sign and healing.
Kente Fashion – Nana Addo’s inauguration 2021

There are about 15 colours that runs through the Ghanaian kente cloth. Most commonly used are red, yellow, green and black which traditionally represents, (red -the blood of forefathers, yellow- gold, and green -the richness of the land). The other colours include blue, grey, white, maroon, silver, purple, gold and pink. A number of types are made in the Ghanaian markets and below are some of the types.

Kenta fashion – Afronation Ghana

Types and literal meanings of kente are;

Adwinasa                                      – “All motifs are used up.”

Emaa Da                                       – “It has not happened before”

Abusua Ye Dom                           – “The extended family is a force.”

Obaakofo Mmu Man                    – One person does not rule a nation.”

Sika Futoro                                   – “Gold dust.”

Toku Kra Toma                            – “Toku’s soul cloth.”

Wofro Dua Pa A Na Yepia Wo   – “One who climbs a tree worth climbing gets the deserved help.”

Kyeretwie                                      – “The lion catcher.”

Akyempem                                    – “Thousands shield.”

Nyankonton                                  – “God’s eye brow”. (Rainbow)

Akokobaatan                                – “Mother hen”.

Nsoroma                                      – “Stars”.

Sika Fre Mogya                           – “Money attracts blood relations”.

 

In her recent Hip Hop Song titled “My Light”Zakisha Brown talks about how our energy never dies. And how you can not Dim her light.

My light was shot in Ghana. Sakomono, Golf in Tema. This song is an Energy Song. Her powerful lyrics can relate to everyone.

She will not match whatever negative energy you are bringing to her but instead she will raise her own vibration no matter what energy you are coming to her with.

She also speaks on how she will continue to spread the blessings she receives because whatever you put out there will be multiplied back.

In her first verse she raps “Tired of Frenemies sending me Negative Energy, are you a friend or an enemy ? Pick your identity. You can not be in between!”

Symbolizing how people need to be clear on their intentions when they want to play a role in her life.

We can all relate to people who’s energy and smile turn out to be fake with evil, selfish and greedy intentions.

She then continues to say

“I need people with empathy people with dreams , people who say what they mean. I don’t need jealousy there’s enough food on the table for you to be able to eat!”

She needs honesty. Say what you mean and mean what you say. No pretending. Furthermore, having an Abundance mindset is mandatory to attract the right people and life we want.

Not living with a scarcity mentality where we think we never have enough. Or that we may have to steal, manipulate, control, or force our way in life. There’s more than enough money, food and wealth to go around!

Zakisha Brown has been in Ghana for over 4 months. She was invited into the Jubilee House, office of the President to meet with the head of Diaspora Affairs for Year of Return and Beyond the Return Mr Ababio.

Zakisha was also highlighted on major TV and radio Stations in Ghana such as, NET2TV, MetroTV, YFM, and much more.

Watch the video below:

 

Another month, another celebration of an individual or organization extending their selfless services to humanity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. This time TheAfricanDream.net’s Heroes of COVID-19 recognizes the passion and humanitarian services of Public Health Nutritionist of St. Joseph Hospital in the Nkwanta South Community of the Oti Region of Ghana, Mr. Francis Danso.

We are delighted here at TheAfricanDream.net for the opportunity to bring to light and celebrate Mr. Danso’s passion for addressing the nutritional needs of the vulnerable in the Nkwanta South community where he has worked for eight years as its Public Health Nutritionist.

Mr. Danso upon setting himself on a quest to improve the nutritional needs of his community decided to found Cure Children Under Five Years to support poor parents with sick or malnourished children with food during their admission to the health facility he works at. Besides a square meal, support came in the form of full or partial payment of their medical bills. Francis revealed to TheAfricanDream.net that 45% of deaths among children less than 5 years of age are linked to undernutrition.

Francis Danso (left) seen in photo on right attending to children in Ghana

In Ghana, 1 in 3 children under 5 years is either undernourished or overweight and one in every five children under 5 years is stunted. Malnutrition has ignited a global burden with a lasting negative impact on individuals and their families in communities, Nkwanta South not being an exception.

Why the formation of Cure Children Under Five Years

Speaking passionately about the formation of his foundation, Mr. Danso said “About three years ago I took an initiative to set up a small foundation I called ‘Cure Children Under Five Years’ to mobilize efforts and create awareness for the fight against infant malnutrition. I started with 20 of my colleagues to help malnourished children get a balanced diet to eat by donating some funds to support such hungry and malnourished children.

As a measure to ensure sustainability the Nutritionist and his friends empowered the mothers of their beneficiaries to either go into farming or set them up in a small trade to enable them to raise money to feed their families.

Here at TheAfricanDream.net we feel it is worth celebrating Francis and his colleagues as our COVID-19 Heroes for May 2021 because the support system they created through the foundation has still been running effectively, providing food and cash supports to some 150 families even under the sharp teeth of the pandemic.

This pandemic has increased the number of malnourished children and more families need food support in most of the poorest and deprived communities of Ghana. On the good side, the foundation has reduced the mortality rate of children under 5 years due to malnutrition, from 70% to 20% in just under 2 years,” said Mr. Danso.

Undoubtedly, Mr. Danso is a problem-solver and believes strongly that every problem can be solved provided we pay attention to details and collaborate with others. He has exhibited such skills in setting up a Tuberculosis (TB) chest clinic in the St. Joseph hospital at a time when cases of TB were surging in the community, this has mitigated the spread of the disease and enhanced treatment for its patients.

Despite the advent of COVID-19 and accompanying stress, he marches on

Ghana recorded its first case of COVID-19 in March 2020 in its capital city of Accra and the government declared a lockdown as a measure to reduce the spread. Speaking to TheAfricanDream.net correspondent Clifford Benjamin Oppong in Ghana, Mr. Danso said he really felt the weight of COVID-19 during the lockdown, sharing that “I started feeling the pinch of COVID-19 when the lockdown was imposed. My mom who is staying in Accra was not able to go to work again.”

As a result of this, the Nutritionist took upon himself the job of providing more sustenance for his mother: “I have to send the family money every month for their upkeep. Other external family relatives also needed help from me. I was so stressed by this, besides the added stress already from work. I was previously supporting two or three people a month but suddenly that increased to 10 a week which was suddenly overwhelming…” said Mr. Danso.

The advent of COVID-19 increased the number of beneficiaries of the Cure Children Under Five Years, which brought financial burden to the foundation that relies on member funding.

To cater to this matter, the foundation resorted to online fundraising platforms to raise funds to support its operations.

But they could have thrown in the towel and caved under pressures and not be blamed too much, yet the foundation’s core people decided to ride the storm and stick to its commitment, something TheAfricanDream.net feels is a mark of excellence in the face of difficulties and great service to humanity.

Their funding campaign dubbed Feed A Child is aimed at supporting some 500 malnourished children and other hungry families in the most deprived villages of Ghana with food and cash, and empowering mothers with basic vocational skills such as soap making and sewing of nose masks among other enterprising ventures that will enable them to provide for themselves subsequently.

Kindly email Francis Danso with naatus25cent@yahoo.com and check him out on LinkedIn using the following link to support his work or just encourage his efforts: www.linkedin.com/in/francis-danso-50918158.

Impact Youth Foundation Ghana has announced they will be welcoming WNBA star, Imani McGee-Stafford to Ghana on the 16th of May with activities beginning 17th May.   

Imani McGee’s visit to Ghana is part of a 7-day tour which will see her involved in the building of the Impact Lab Educational Center, student-athlete workshops and the launch of the ‘’She Shines’’ project aimed at promoting and increasing the participation of girls in basketball across the country
The launch will also include an All-Girls Basketball Clinic in Accra on the 22nd May.

Imani McGee-Stafford is a 6-foot-7 American professional basketball player for the Dallas Wings in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

She was drafted in the 2016 WNBA draft as the 10th overall pick in the first round by the Chicago Sky out of University of Texas where she averaged 10.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

 

Imani’s family has basketball running through their veins with her mother, Pamela McGee, a WNBA Hall of Fame and 7 feet big brother, Javale McGee a three-time NBA Champion who has played alongside Stephen Curry & Lebron James over the past four years.

Imani is also a writer, poet and a mental health advocate currently pursuing a law degree from the Southwestern Law School, in Los Angeles where she grew up.

She already has a degree in Accounting from the University of Texas. Her sports career and inspirational life has been documented by ESPN, Player’s Tribune, Forbes, ABC Sports, Indiana Fever, Collegiate Women.

Imani will be hosted by Impact Youth Foundation, a registered sport for development NGO in Ghana using basketball to inspire, mentor and develop the sports, educational and leadership potential of the youth in Ghana especially for at-risk girls living in underserved communities.

Operating since 2009, Impact Youth have successfully kicked off an Impact Lab program based in Ayenya a small farming community in the Shai-Osudoku District of Accra, where they use basketball to inspire, mentor and provide educational support, character and leadership training and employment opportunities for young girls in the community. Impact Youth’s work was recently recognized by FIBA, the world’s governing body for basketball.

Read more about the full schedule for Impact Week with Imani McGee-Stafford here: http://www.impactyouthfoundation.org/imani

Phenomenal Ghanaian superstar, E.L has announced the release of his keenly-awaited third studio album ‘’WAVs’’ (West African Vibes).

The album will be released via his imprint V.O Nation Records and Orchard Music.

The multi-genre artist announced the release on Friday, March 12 – breaking the news on his official social media pages: ‘’This album is a collection of my life experiences for the past few years, I’m so excited to share this with you, finally’’.

The 13-track album will include some of his recently released singles ‘Nobody Send You’, ‘Still Papping’ and ‘Baba Dey’’.

All the three records have attracted tremendous reception from the music public – garnering impressive numbers on all digital streaming platforms, as well as earning positive reviews from music tastemakers.

Over the course of his career, E.L has always raised the BAR in Ghana when it comes to releasing music projects, concerts and more.

His unmatched lyrical mastery and his ability to switch between genres, maintaining world-class levels of quality has always put him a notch above his peers.

Mark your calendars ELiens! E.L has assured that this album will be utterly worth the wait so they should eagerly anticipate it!

There’s that mystique when he’s about to release a song and there should be. The quality that is attached to his name is his brand and he understands that more than anyone.  It’s been a trend frankly, after ‘Prayer’ and ‘Mokole’, both songs from last year (2020), the charismatic spiritual gospel-like songs that he’s putting out.

One can only wonder what he must be going through for the ‘Grind’ hitmaker to be taking a matured spiritual outlook on life as such. Suffice to add also that of course his character is very prominent in his songs to the point that even though they are gospel-like songs (so to speak), you can hear his bad-mouth also in there and it doesn’t take anything away from the songs at all.

Interesting and clever is how we describe his lyrics. It’s the fluent delivery for any listener that gets you keeping his work on replay. Genius is what everybody knows him as and that is why we can’t wait to hear more from him.

Thankfully, he has one for us to begin the year 2021 quite rightly with. Titled ‘Blessings’, produced by Groovydhistune, mixed by E.L and mastered by Pee GH, what else can we say, it’s Ayisi, we’ll love it.

Stream/listen here: https://fanlink.to/BraAyisi-Blessings

Lisa Yaro  Ghana Tour Dates

After working on a series of groundbreaking projects including songwriting credits on a Grammy-nominated album (Mya’s ‘’Smoove Jones’’), multi-talented singer-songwriter, Lisa Yaro is set to embark on a media tour in Ghana to meet fans, make friends in the industry and grow her base in the country

Known for her enchanting sound that is authentic, energetic and captivating, Lisa Yaro is famed for her effortless ability to ignite audiences with her mesmerizing music and charm.

Lisa who was born in Kaduna, Nigeria is an established independent artist with a penchant for writing infectious tunes and relatable narratives.

She has already collaborated with some of the biggest names in music – with her single ‘No Wahala’ being produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Harmony Samuels.

 

Her most recent single ‘Biko’ is already a global hit with the song’s music video amassing almost 700,000 views on YouTube.

Lisa notes that her affinity for Ghana was a love at first sight after previously visiting the country in 2018. She further states she always knew she wanted to come back here and immediately put plans in motion with her team to make that happen.

Now the time has come. ‘’I visited Ghana and spent New Year’s there in 2018, fell in love with the people and the hospitality.

While there, I attended Afrochella and appreciated the celebration of music they displayed. Wanted to come back to show my appreciation and share my music with the place I fell in love with’’, Lisa commenting on love affair with Ghana.

Lisa’s tour in Ghana will happen between 23-25th February, 2021.

Why Ghana

Ghana is fast becoming a Mecca for black Americans who are looking for profitable opportunities in a new environment. According to recent reports, more than 10,000 African-Americans visit Ghana yearly.

The History of Ghana

Ghana is a country in Western Africa with an estimated population of 28 million people. The capital city of present-day Ghana is Accra. 

Ghana achieved its independence from colonial rule in 1957. It was the first black African country to achieve its independence led by the famous Pan-African leader Kwame Nkrumah.

Ghana grew as a result of the Trans-Saharan trade where West Africans exchanged precious products such as gold, salt, ivory, and cloth.

Ghana Empire

This trade made Ghana grow powerful and its rulers became rich. Ancient Ghana embraced a monarchial system of government which was ruled by great kings. These great kings resided in the capital at Koumbi Saleh where they controlled all the gold. Some of these powerful kings of Ghana include; King Kaya Magan, Bassi, Tunka Manin, Abu Bakr ibn,(was a Somali Sultan)  , and Soumaba Cisse.

Ghana Empire was strong that  they had more than 200 or more warriors at a point in time. And were the most powerful and feared  at that time.

Ghana has fertile soils with a favourable climate for agriculture thus an estimate of 69% of Ghana’s land is used for Agricultural purposes.

In addition, the land has lush forests, miles of coastal sandy beaches, many wildlife, exotic waterfalls such Kintampo waterfalls, Boti waterfalls, Wli waterfalls and Tagbo falls, which is the largest waterfall in West Africa, which are tourist destinations.

Boti Falls

Boti falls is a twin fall, popularly described as male and female falls by the Koforidua residents. The tourist attraction is 90 minutes drive from Accra. This spectacular place attracts thousands of people across the whole of Ghana.

The falls originated from Ahenkwa-Amalakpo, falling over an igneous rock outcropped by weed into the River Pawnpawn. The name of the fall was coined out of the crop growing on the igneous rock, Boti Langmase.

The area was reported to have been discovered by a white catholic priest

Raining seasons:

The water level is high, causing these 2 falls to meet in what the residents termed as “mating ceremony”. tourists will have to move as close as just few steps away from the fall and at this point the tourist will be greeted by sprouting rainbows offering a mind-blowing view. The fall is today, one of the top attractions of the country.

Ghana has the largest manmade lake in the world by surface area, Lake Volta. Another major tourist destination in Ghana is Bosumtwi meteorite crater. Over the past years, Ghana has been ranked as the friendliest country in the world.

The country has famous castles, Cape Coast Castle and Elmina Castle. To add on, there are numerous national parks namely; Kakum national park, Mole national park, and Ankasa national park.

The various forts in Ghana include; Fort Amsterdam, Fort Fredericksburg, Fort Santo Antonio, and Fort Metal Cross. Ghana is a beautiful and peaceful country with friendly people. 

 

Elmina Castle, Cape Coast

There are over 3,000 African American living in Ghana. Check out some of the best places to visit and reside in Ghana.

 

The fact remains that, the nation has consistently enjoyed a peaceful political climate without many threats of internal or external strife since it gained independence from the British in 1957.

Ghana’s temperate weather also makes it an attractive choice. The beautiful beaches, Ghanaians are very friendly, affordable cost of living, beautiful sites and historic places to visit…

 

 

Most African-Americans that reside in Accra are entrepreneurs. Teaching is another highly desirable profession. However, there are many supports extended to foreign pupils and the qualified staff who instruct them.

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Did You Know? Ghana is one of the most stable African countries.

 

 

Former Miss Tourism Ghana and Miss Culture Ghana sheds more light on why you should visit Ghana

 

Visiting Africa soon? Why not visit Ghana, did you know that Ghana has lots Castles and forts?

 

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