Monday, 21 July 2014

African Naturalistas Ghana Tour

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As you all know, African Naturalistas was at Accra for four days, mainly to attend the Afrotastic 2014 event, and I proudly represented the whole group, lol.

I was picked up the lovely Naa, also known as Afrodiva, and immediately shipped to my friend, Eduvie’s house. I immediately slept off when the house became empty, and by 1pm, was out to see what the town had to offer. I can only share very few pics, as I took load and loads










After seeing the items, it was obvious that the money I had with me won't buy much, so I walked to the bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, and took more pics.

On the left is the sign 'Taxis not allowed'
On the right, a taxi is parked, lol.




Ghana court of appeal

They have a national lottery authority

The entrance to the Arts Centre





If you see this woman, run away. She will make you spend
all your money. Luckily, I don't really hold money.





Lovely Meldina. She has one eye, and openly jokes about it.

Buka Restaurant


I ate Kelewele and Tilapia

The next day, I was off to the main event, and Eduvie offered to take few pictures before I left. I wore one of the Ghanaian traditional clothes I had bought in the Arts Centre the previous day. apparently, I am not a model, but I tried sha.

Eduvie bought Waakye (pronounce Wache) for me




The event itself was packed. I was really impressed. The organisers were able to fill a whole big hall. It is surely the largest natural hair gathering I have ever been to. I am waiting for the first Nigerian natural hair meet up that would meet that record.

I learnt one thing. Ghanaian naturals do not really twist their hair, and are a fan of updos. I saw updos of all kinds, than I have ever seen at one sitting. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take all the pictures I should have, cos I was busy manning my table, but I tried my best. Enjoy. Once the official pictures are out, I would post them.

The organisers: Afrodiva and Annette
And below are some vendors






 








Watching the documentary 400 years without a comb.
Every black person in the world should watch this piece

Cross section of attendees

Spoken word

Rama Brew: A popular Ghanaian actress

Spoken word

Music


Beautiful Ghanaian Naturalista


After this, the Ghanaian sisters basically descended on me, and I couldn't take pictures of more music acts, and the natural hair parade. The pictures below show how I was worn out after the event was over.

Janice and I

Annette and I

Afrodiva and I
You see I wasn't joking when I it was the largest gathering
of Naturals I ever saw in my life


My friend, Ema, attending to Customers at the AN stand




My default look. Always looking too serious

Check out the more professional and interesting pictures of the event here and here.

Unfortunately, I had a terrible experience coming back. Aero Contractors got us stuck in Ghana Airport for almost 24 hours. I have never had such an experience in my life. It was terrible. Their management should be lined up and shot. Their bodies should be lined up again, and shot one more time. Any airline that treats humans like animals, with no sympathy, cos they don’t give a hoot about you, your time, your kids, or anything should not be in business. If you know any of them, whether dead or alive, send them to me. If I get into government, the first thing I would do is to shut down Aero Contractors. If you are a staff of Aero, and a child of a staff of management of Aero, you better not vote me in, cos that business is going down the pit. Rubbish and nonsense.

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12 comments :

  1. Lovely pictures. Those Ankara accessories are to die for and I really love the dress you wore.

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    1. Aww, thanks very much. There are a lot of beautiful things in Ghana

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  2. Okay I was about to castigate you for not taking me along, but 24 hours stuck at the airport ke? Thanks but no thanks. When African Naturalistas can afford a private jet, please take me with you. I can even be the air hostess.

    Love that the Ghanaians really showed up!

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    1. Private jet is a small thing for AN jo, and you will be the pilot, lol. Yes, Ghanaians seem to be more organised.

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  3. that's a lot of people! event seems successful. beautiful dress. Too bad your trip back wasn't pleasant
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    1. Yes o. They were a loooot. I was so impressed. Thanks for the compliment, dear.

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  4. Please we need an event like this in abuja ooo, really impressed!

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  5. Am really impressed, please we need an event like this in abuja oooo.

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