Explore Ghana's art scene - like the works of musician Sister Deborah. (Photo: City Press / Supplied)
Ghana boasts a vibrant and expressive arts and culture scene, with food, fashion, music and film to delve into. Here’s an overview of some of what’s on offer:
Chow Ghana is a midyear event and Ghana’s largest local food festival showcasing the country’s culture through traditional dishes. We all know how much they love to defend their eats, especially Ghanaian jollof rice! Also check out the Accra Food Festival in the same city, where they serve the best traditional and nontraditional food and drink.
Now in its ninth year, the Sabolai Festival is the must-experience African indie music showcase that happens in Accra every December. You’ll get to see the best of the mainstream and alternative scene, and get a sense of the country’s musical landscape.
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Ghanaian-born, UK-based film maker John Akomfrah is hugely respected across the world for his radical political work. Check out his films Handsworth Songs and Auto Da Fé.
Fokn Bois is a political, satirical, environmentally conscious and f****ng rude rap outfit with the most. Sister Deborah is a singer with all the spice, who made her name with her outrageous track about Uncle Obama and his banana.
Fokn Bois rap duo. (Photo: City Press / Supplied)
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Eric Gyamfi has been making waves for his queer life series. Check out his work at ericgyamfi.com.
Eric Gyamfi's queer life series. (Photo: City Press / Supplied)
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To die for
Fantastical coffins, popularly known as abebuu adekai or proverb boxes, are one of Ghana’s most unique traditions. The Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop makes coffins of fish, pineapples, chickens and aeroplanes.
The Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop. (Photo: City Press / Supplied)
Ghanaian-born, US-based novelist Yaa Gyasi is signing big deals and rocking the diaspora. Her first book, 2016’s Homegoing, got her the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award at the age of 26.
Accra Power, a documentary that provides an eclectic mix of perceptions of power in a thriving urban Accra, is a great film to get an idea of Ghana’s rising creatives. It’s available for free at AfriDocs.