APRIL 2ND SATURDAY ARTWALK @ BENOIT GALLERY

VISIONS OF GHANA III

AKWAABA! Welcome.
In my 3rd post of our visions of Ghana, I’ll take you on a tour of the houses, schools and markets. During the first 2 weeks of our trip, we had the opportunity to stay in a very rural area and see first hand the everyday life of Ghanaians in this area. We visited the local villages, met with 3 village Chiefs (called a Nana) and their families, bought grocery from the market & cooked traditional Ghanaian dishes. When visiting a new place, the tourist attractions are nice but the real vibrations of the area & the people is what I enjoy most. We were welcomed and treated like family by everyone we met. Instantly, I became a Sister to the Ladies at the market. Everyone of my newly found sisters gave me lessons in Twi. They did get a good laugh as I struggled to pronounce some of the words.

The houses in Ghana are constructed out of mud or cement block, keeping them cool on the inside. Depending on what area you are in, electricity is available. We saw mansions spread out on the mountain sides and we saw mud houses without running water & electricity. Enjoy the pics of all these types of houses.

It was a pleasant sight to see so many school children dressed in colorful uniforms. As we walked thru one school yard, I did get the attention of a few students who came to the window to see the “visitor”. I captured my favorite photo at this school. Check it out below.

Shopping in Ghana is on another level!!! Mr. Benoit was happy I couldn’t hang (save some $$$). LOL
Enjoy the Visions of Ghana. Peace n Blessings

UPCOMING ART SHOW DATES

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Check me out at one of the following shows!

SAT & SUN,  MARCH 22 & 23 – CONGO SQUARE NEW WORLD RHYTHMS FESTIVAL  @ LOUIS ARMSTRONG PARK, NEW ORLEANS LA

MARCH 15 – APRIL 15  -       KJUNTALES, ETC.  @ 309 PERE MEGRET ST, ABBEVILLE, LA

SAT, MARCH 29 -                   NEW ORLEANS ART MARKET @ PALMER PARK, NEW ORLEANS, LA

SAT, APRIL 12 -                   2ND SATURDAY ARTWALK @ BENOIT GALLERY, 535 1/2 JEFFERSON ST, LAFAYETTE LA

FRI – SUN, APRIL 25 – 27         JAZZ FEST @ NEW ORLEANS FAIR GROUND 

SEE YA SOON!!!! 

PEACE

VISIONS OF GHANA -II

AKWAABA!!  This means “welcome” in Twi (language of the Akan people) and it is the greeting used to say hello. Today we will take another trip to Ghana West Africa and I invite you to come along. I am taking you to Kakum National Forest to walk amongst the tree tops and You will also climb a mountain with us.

The Kakum National Park is made up of mostly undisturbed virgin rainforest and is one of the most famous national parks in Ghana. Kakum National Park is situated about 20 miles north of Cape Coast, Central Regional capital and about 105 miles from Accra. It covers an area of  218 miles (including Assin Attandanso Resource Reserve).   The vegetation type is Moist evergreen rainforest with tall hardwood trees up 213 feet in height. The park is enriched with different species of wildlife including 40 species of mammals (forest elephants, buffalo, leopard, bongo, yellow backed duiker, red river hog, primates), over 200 species of birds, large number of reptiles and amphibians, over 400 species of butterflies. 99 feet and 131 feet high canopy walkway suspended between trees and from which different species of birds and butterflies can be observed.  Also, from the canopy walkway, the structure of the forest canopy can be appreciated.  It was an amazing experience.

The mountain we climbed is located in the Brong Ahafo Region.  The Brong Ahafo region is located in the center of Ghana.  The area is a rich agricultural area and many of the families are farmers.  It was a 3 hour hike in total, on a breezy, HOT day and my first mountain climb.  I didn’t get any pictures at the top because my camera battery died.  REALLY!!!!

Enjoy!

MARCH 2ND SATURDAY ARTWALK

OUR JOURNEY TO AFRICA

Bryant and I journeyed to the Motherland in November. Our journey to Ghana, West Africa was the most life-altering, eye-opening experience in all my days on Earth. Before the trip, I knew so little of Africa (although I had vivid fantasies in my mind). These fantasies are now replaced with memories of our real experiences, the visions, sounds, smells and beautiful people of Africa.

We spent 3 weeks in Ghana, starting and ending in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. In addition to spending time in the bustling metropolis of Accra (population over 2 million), we spent time in the bush, the forest, the coast, the ocean, the lake, on a mountain and in the 2nd largest city in Ghana.

We want to share some of our “Visions of Ghana” with you. We will take you on a tour of Ghana, thru my camera lense, in a series of posts.

I will begin were we began our journey, Accra. Enjoy!!

 

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A view of Accra from our hotel balcony.

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In the Lobby of our hotel, waiting to leave for our tour.

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Rita Marley Foundation and Studio

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Rita Marley is a resident of Ghana.

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Accra from up high

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View from our balcony

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Accra, Ghana

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Flagstaff House – Presidential Palace

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The Flagstaff House, commonly known as “Flagstaff House”, is the presidential palace in Accra which serves as a residence and office to the President of Ghana

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The Black Star of Ghana represents it’s independence

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Black Star Square, also known as Independence Square. This is a public square. On this day they were holding an event.

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Lots of people in attendance for this event in Black Star Square

 

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Bryant with some of the locals at Labadi Beach.

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Labadi Beach in Accra

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Labadi Beach offers restaurants and bars, hotels and resorts, horseback riding, swimming and so much more.

PHOTOS FROM THE ATLANTA BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL

WE RECENTLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THE ATLANTA BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL. WHILE THERE, WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING THE HONORABLE DICK GREGORY AND HIS BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, AYANNA GREGORY.

WE WERE HOSTED BY FAMILY, THE DRAKES. THEY MADE OUR STAY IN ATLANTA A JOYOUS ONE. THANKS MEL AND JANSEN. MUCH LUV.

Ayanna Gregory and Joey

Ayanna Gregory and Joey

 

Bryant with Dick Gregory holding "UNDER THE SUN"

Bryant with Dick Gregory holding “UNDER THE SUN”

Joey with Dick Gregory

Bryant, Dick Gregory & Jansen Drake
Bryant, Dick Gregory & Jansen Drake
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