Culture of Colors

I attended the most vibrant and culture rich event to celebrate Ghana’s sixty second Independence day yesterday to watch my niece perform and was really impressed by the organization at the inclusive event.

The school organized an event that celebrated the identify of who the individual students are. There was a sense of pride and belonging as each student found their place, within groups of the area one parent comes from.

Appreciation of all other nationals, the International community was shared, as they mounted the stage in their colorful Ghanaian outfits, waving the flag.

The parents were very passionate and initiated groups that helped organize and facilitate the different exposés and performances that are associated with the different regions of Ghana.

Although this was not a competitive parade of cultures, everybody involved took it seriously. The teachers joined their regions and worked with parents to deliver the very best informed display of who they are. They shared their clothing, music, instruments, dances, languages, drama and events associated with that part of the country. There was a feeling of unity and patriotism.

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The Ashanti region was the last group to parade, the collaboration of teachers, parents, students and the school was dynamic.  The atmosphere was charged. As they are the largest student population at the school, they were able to spark authenticity. They enacted the drama of Yaa Asantewaa , the great warrior ‘s triumph during the colonial years. A durbar of the king and queen staged by students, entreated the welcome of the head of school and the Parent Teacher Organization’s leadership to pay their respects as is done in reality.

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After tasting food from the different regions of Ghana, I was also proud to be part of this ensemble. Leaving, respecting who I am and why I am here. My niece’s performance was exclusive, rhythmic and entertaining.

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4 thoughts on “Culture of Colors

  1. I have been enjoying reading your pieces,,, and wondering where you are. Now I know- Ghana! Thanks for sharing this festival with us. I am sure your niece really valued having you there, and your genuine appreciation.
    I’d love to hear about the food 🙂

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  2. Your title was spot on- I was literally about to say thank you for sharing your beautiful and colorful culture with us all. Then, I looked back and saw that it was basically your title! I’ve had a few students from Ghana and always enjoyed learning about their culture and to see it/read it from your perspective is so enjoyable as well. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to read more. 🙂

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