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Year of Return: The official lineup of events to expect from now till January 2020

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The Year Of Return committee has released the official list of activities planned for the year, which ends with the This Is New Africa (TINA) Festival in January 2020.

The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia.

Here is the list of events from Now till January 2020″

18th – 22nd August

Jamestown to Jamestown & African American Business Investment, and Development Summit

Jamestown to Jamestown is a spiritual, historical, and reconciliatory journey from August 18 – 28, 2019 from Jamestown, Virginia to Jamestown, Accra Ghana West Africa to commemorate the 400-year anniversary with a week-long series of events dur- ing the Year of Return, Ghana 2019. The highlights include a trip to Jamestown, VA, Visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, AfricanAncestry.com DNA reveals and the African American Business, Investment and Development Summit.

Organiser:- Sunseekers Tours LTD. and The Adinkra Group

19th – 25th August

Congressional Black Caucus Homecoming

Since its establishment in 1971, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has been committed to using the full Constitutional power, statutory authority, and financial resources of the federal government to ensure that African Americans and other marginalized communities in the United States have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

14th – 25th August

Chale Wote

Chale Wote Street Art Festival also known as Chale Wote is an alternative platform that brings art, music, dance and performance out into the streets. The festival targets exchanges between scores of local and international artists and patrons by creating and appreciating art together

21st – 25th August

Black Star International Film Festival

BSIFF focuses on the business of film and advocacy in Ghana and Africa as a whole. It aims to connect the world through film and to bridge the gap between African Cinema and the rest of the world, hence positioning Ghana as a film festival and holiday destination for filmmakers, distributors, film enthusiasts, and holiday destination seekers across the globe.

Organiser:- Black Star International Film Institute

22nd – 23rd August

Benpaali Young Filmmakers Festival

Benpaali Young Filmmakers Festival was launched in Accra, Ghana as an annual event for trained and self-taught artists (15-30 years old) from Africa and the African Diaspora. Connoting a new dawn in the Bulilanguage of Northern Ghana, the goals of Benpaali are to:

Highlight the synergy between heritage & art, Provide a platform a forum for youth from diverse backgrounds to present stories that matter to them, and Connect emerging artists with more seasoned ones from Ghana/Africa & around the world.

Organiser:- Firebeads Media

23rd August

World Folklore Day

World Folklore Day is celebrated worldwide on the 22nd of August every year. The first edition was cele- brated in Ghana in 2018.The World Folklore Day 2019 Ghana slated for 23rd August 2019, will compromise a global village exhibition; a funfair displaying the rich beautiful culture of various countries.

Organiser:- National Folklore Board

23rd – 25th August

New York Kente Festival

A celebration that is based on the iconic Ghanaian artisanal fabric that is becoming quite popular.

Ghanaian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York

6th – 7th September

Voyajah Festival

In celebration of Ghana’s “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” The Voyajah Foundation will be launching their inaugural Homecoming Programme in Ghana. Highlights of the programme include a Voyajah Homecoming Festival, panel discussions, networking events, historical group tours, pop ups stores and live music performanc- es by both local and established high profile international artists. The Voyajah Foundation aims to inspire a generation by building bridges and legacies for generations to come.

Organiser:- Voyajah

21st September

Nkrumah Memorial Lecture Series

The Dubois-Padmore-Nkrumah Memorial lec- ture series is an initiative, which began in 2010. The lecture series was named by the aforemen- tioned (Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, Mr. George Padmore and Dr. Kwame Nkrumah) for their immense contributions and achievement on Pan African- ism. The lecture commemorate the death and celebrate the achievements of political activists across the African Continent. The keynote speaker presents different topics in relation to Pan Africanism and how it relates to our lives during each organized series.

Organiser: W.E.B. Du Bois Center

20th – 23rd September

Wormanne African Ware Festival

Wormanne (meaning, Our Homeland) seeks to project the Korle Gonno as a community with a rich culture, a place of historic sites, a lineup of hotels and beach resorts. Thus, making it a tourist destination right in the city. The event is poised to popularize the sale and use of African made products/wares and simultaneously fused with entertainment ranging from folksongs and dance to Hi-life and Hip-life. The event is parked with different activities and a colourful display of artworks, crafts, clothing, jewellery, local foods, beverages and a rich traditional and cultural concept.

Organiser: Native Tribe Ghana

27th September

World Tourism Day

Celebration in honor of World Tourism Day

Organiser:- Ghana Tourism Authority

21st September

H.E.R Collective Presents Red, Black, and Gold Festival

Are you ready for the biggest event in Ghana?! H.E.R. Collective presents The RBG (real black gold) festival happening Sept 21, 2019. Hosted by the lovely ladies and founders of H.E.R(help- ing elevation rise) Collective, Queen Afia Khalia Tweneboa Kodua and Queen Nzali Johnet- ta Abraham. What can you expect? A day full of artist from all over the globe and some of Ghana’s very own local stars. Fun & games for the children such as arts & crafts, dancing competitions, food contest and so much more. There will be games and prizes for adults, raffles, icebreakers social mixer challenges, hidden fig- ures history trivia, battle of the sexes, masquerades, drum circles, folklore tales food and all kinds of fun for the entire family!!!!

Organiser:- H.E.R Collective

25th October

Madiba Humanitarian Award:
Celebrating the Legacy Of Nelson Mandela.

Each October, BSMAA sponsors an annual fundraising gala to celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela. The South African-based Nelson Mandela Foundation has approved BSMAA’s event as: the Madiba Humanitarian Award: Celebrat- ing the Legacy Of Nelson Mandela. BSMAA’s Selection Awards Committee selects individuals who embody many of the princi- ples that guided his life.

Organiser:- The Bedford Stuyvesant Museum of African Art (BSMAA)

12th – 13th October

Ghana: Remember the Times

The exhibition will be divided into sections. The first focuses on showing the global reach that Ghanaian traditions, cultural practices and folk- lore have played outside of the country. Exam- ples include the Kwaku Ananse stories that are popular in the Caribbean; the consumption of dishes such as koose/akara/akaraje in Brazil. In parts of Jamaica, traditional practices known in Ghana are still practised including rites of pas- sage, ceremonies and libation pouring to the ancestors.z

Organiser:- The Calabash Hub

25th – 26th October

The Blueprint Conference Ghana 2019

The Jenniez School of African Interior Design (JSAID) in partnership with Blueprint Africa (BpA) will be co-host- ing the Blueprint Conference from October 25-26th in Accra, Ghana seeking to unite interior design pro- fessionals and enthusiasts around riveting panels, workshops and discussions on the role of design in the built environment. The Blueprint Conference is host- ed by JSAID, an accredited interior design vocational school based in Lagos, Nigeria. However, the Ghana- ian edition will be co-hosted with Blueprint Africa, an interior design consultancy based between Abidjan and Accra.

Organiser:- Jenniez School of African Interior Design in partnership with Blueprint Africa

2nd November

Ghana Carnival

The Ghana Carnival is an event to showcase Ghana- ian culture through vibrant costumes and dance

Organiser:-MMRS & Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture

29th – 30th November

Kids Fun Fair

The Kids In Tourism Annual KidsTourism Fair is an event aimed at introducing our kids to the Tourism Wealth of Mother Ghana. The maiden Edition was on the 19th of December 2017 at the Ghana Atomic Energy Park un- der the chairmanship of His Excellency Thomas Otchere, Hon Consul of Botswana. This event has been held an- nually under the chairmanship of Nii Okwei Kinka Dowu- na, Chief of OSU Traditional area in Accra on the 12 of December at the forecourt of the OSU palace.The 3rd edition was held at the Children’s park on the 8th of De- cember 2018, under the chairmanship of Hon Catherine Afeku, former Minster of Tourism.

The Theme for the Kids Tourism fair is Patriotism through Tourism. During the fair, there is a grand durbar of Chiefs and Queens of all the regions of Ghana by the kids. Also there are regional recitals on the Tourism wealth of each region by the kids.

Organiser:- Kids in Tourism

25th – 30th November

Ba Yili!

The Bureau of Ghana Languages has adopted an event to encourage the speaking of the indigenous Ghanaian languages among the citizens of Ghana and as well, create an avenue to introduce our return- ing brothers and sisters to them (indigenous Ghanaian languages). The event is dubbed “Ba Yili!”, a coinage from the fusion of two Ghanaian language words— Ga and Dagbani—translation of “Come Home!”.

Organiser:- Bureau of Ghana Languages

The Ghana Carnival is an event to showcase Ghana- ian culture through vibrant costumes and dance

Organiser:-MMRS & Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture

5th – 6th December

Kuenyehia Trust For Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art has through the Kuenyehia Prize identified 42 talented Ghanaian artists including in- ternationally acclaimed Bright Ackwerh, Yaw Owusu and Comfort Arthur. Artists will be selected from our shortlists to present artworks responding to the theme ”Diaspora – from local to foreign”, The artworks will be the artists’ interpretation of topical issues of “return”, resilience, identity and multiculturalism on a variety of mediums: paintings, illustrations, installations, sculp- ture, photography.

Organiser:- Kuenyehia Trust For Contemporary Art

20th December – 5th January

The V for Vanity Show: Neon Light Edition

The V for Vanity show is an interactive art experience. Following last year’s floral edition this year’s 2019 edi- tion focuses on the use of lights to illuminate the Af- rican progression from continuous subjugation and persecution to emancipation and greatness. Neon lights will be used as the primary vessel to deliver

ten interactive art installations, meticulously designed to engage and educate the audience on African culture and history.

Organiser:- Vernell Akyeampong

6th -7th December

Gold Coast Experience

This event will introduce Ghanaian festivals to African Americans and others. The rich display of culture, the Ghanaian heritage and all the intriguing activities that take place during the festivities will all be glorious sights to be part of.

Organiser:- EmergPR

21st December

AfroChic Cultural Arts Exhibit

The AfroChic Cultural Arts Exhibit is a multi-disciplined mobile event which highlights young and emerging talent of African descent through visual arts, music, technology, wellness activations while showcasing the diverse culture of the Afro community. AfroCh- ic Cultural Arts Exhibit is seeking to travel to Accra Ghana in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism to activate a once in a lifetime experience attracting a global audience. Set to take place on Saturday De- cember 21, 2019 and Sunday December 22, 2019 the vision for the AfroChic Diaspora Festival is a two-day tech and digital virtual reality inspired fest that will ex- plore where technology and design intersects with a focus on the arts, health, technology and political representation. Event curators, honoured guests and spectators alike will be probed to ask the question “what does a black Utopia look and feel like”? The event will attempt to answer this question.

Organiser:- AfroChic

14th December

The Creatives Art Show

“The Creatives Art Show”, an event of four plus years in the running, brings together Ghanaian and foreign artists living in the country. These individuals get to meet art devotees coming from various parts of the world, to interact, network amongst themselves in addition to share desires as artists and art lovers. Artists can market and in due course sell work pieces to possible buyers. The main goal for the event is to Promote Ghana through Creativity, to unify and highlight these great artists. NVA Marketing and Promotions was fortu- nate to have held its 1st and 2nd art show at the Afrikiko Lei- sure Center in Kanda, the 3rd at the Nubuke Foundation in East Legon and the most recent the 4th at the Ndoleb Event Center in Tesano all of Accra. The 4 past events proved suc- cessful with the help of a NVAMP’s marketing efforts, support from Ghana Tourism Authority, The Chinese Embassy, The Embassy of Ethiopian, Embassy of Malaysian, popular media houses and many others.

Organiser:- NVA Marketing and Promotions

24th December

PinexGinja

PinexGinja (Pine and Ginger) is the ultimate merger of Ghanaian and Jamaican cultures, using music and performance to curate a tropical themed party ex- perience for lovers of the vibrant parts of Jamaican culture, in Accra, Ghana.

Organiser:- Ford Communications

24th December – 4th January

Full Circle Festival

International celebrities, including Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell, Edward Enninful, An- thony Anderson and many other have convened in Ghana where they will be introduced to many facets of Ghanaian culture, through a bonanza of musical events, activities, empowering roundtable discussions, day trips showcasing Ghana and its rich culture.

Organiser:- Diaspora Affairs Office of The President

26th – 27th December

Sankofa Music Concert

Music concert with special guest from around the world

Organiser:- Minitry of Tourism Arts & Culture

26th December

Return Rumble

The event is called the Return Rumble and will feature International professional fighters from the diaspora returning to Africa to challenge some of the best fighters across the Ghana for WBF Pan Af- rican titles at Bukom Boxing Arena on boxing day 2019.

Organiser:- Future Proof Boxing

27th – 29th December

RE-CONNECT FEST 2019

RE-CONNECT FEST 2019 , is an experience that
promotes wealth building, self-esteem, education, and en- tertainment for all people of color in Africa and in the dias- pora.

Organiser:- CLASS OF 83’ INC.

28th December

Afrochella

AFROCHELLA is a festival designed to highlight & elevate thrill- ing and thriving millennial talent from and within Africa. The festival is an interactive event that encourages collaboration, explains and explores culture with a pioneering approach. The day features a festive celebration of our culture in the form of: Art & Fashion Installations, Live painting, The Best of African Cuisine, Live performances.

The festival’s purposes is to tell the New Africa story from a na- tive’s perspective. All aspects of the festival from the theme to the production are an ode to the ingenuity and available services in Africa. Our goal is to optimize the experience & en- gage the attendees with the culture in an authentic yet inno- vative approach. We look forward to sharing this experience as a footstep into a new tradition of bringing people together in Africa for tourism and Pro-African development.

29th December

African Royalty Night: The Gala

Brought to you by the organizers of Afrochella. This will be an elegant night of dancing and entertaining.
Organiser:- Culture Management Group

29th December

Accra Under The Stars

An elegant outdoor pop up dinner which will gather diasporans from all walks of life for a spectacular evening of dining and dancing.

Organiser: Accra (dot) Alt

1st – 3rd January

This is New Africa 2020

Dialogues, community service, and concert featuring Fuse ODG.

Organiser:- New Africa Nation

 

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A smile on the lips, a gentle touch, crossed arms, or even a mockingly contorted mouth – facial expressions and body language often tell us more about our emotional state than words do. A correct interpretation of emotions is the basis for communication, especially with life partners.

A good couple should always have good communication on an emotional level. This type of communication is the key to preventing possible conflicts and discussions in the relationship.

A psychologist who specializes in relationships and communication on shagle video chatnoticed that many couples today do not support this type of communication between themselves, causing serious problems for each other.

What is emotional communication

This kind of communication is centered on exchanging all of the emotions and feelings shared by a couple. Additionally, empathy is important because it allows each partner in the relationship to put themselves in the other’s shoes.

Emotional communication attaches much more importance to emotional language than to verbal language. Although dialogue is important to the couple, facial expressions and body language are much more important.

What happens when there is no emotional communication in relationships

The relationship may significantly worsen if there are specific issues with emotional communication:

  • One of the partners in the couple could be depressed, sad, or bored. This can lead to problems in the future as one notices that their partner is wrong, but does not know why.
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The importance of emotional communication in relationships

Maintaining good emotional communication with your partner is important for several reasons:

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How to achieve good emotional communication in relationships

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Lemonade Finance is a cross-border payment solution that enables Africans in the Diaspora to send money to Ghana and other African countries. The App is available on the iOS and Google Play Store.

On October 14th, 2022, Lemonade Finance announced John Dumelo, a veteran actor and entrepreneur alongside Deloris Frimpong Manso popularly known as “Delay” and Dr Likee as Brand Ambassadors.

In the heartwarming “For Mama”, he affirms the brand’s promise of helping Africans in the diaspora give back and build home. He brings this vision to life using Lemonade Finance.

As an entrepreneur, John Dumelo understands how the financial support of diasporans can be key to livelihood, education and small businesses in Ghana.

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“For Mama” is a celebration of giving back, according to Ayoola Salako, Brand Marketing Manager at Lemonade Finance. “This video is a love letter to the many Africans that already trust us to send the sweetness home” Furthermore. “It is also an invitation to Ghanaians and other Africans in the diaspora, to trust Lemonade Finance as the best way to send money home

instantly, at the best rates and at zero fees”.

You can download the Lemonade Finance app on the iOS Store or Google Play Store. Customers who use the code DUMELO during signup will get a $10, £10 or C$10 cashback when they send over 100 Dollars, Pounds or Canadian Dollars to someone in Ghana or any other supported African countries.

Find out more about the possibilities of Lemonade Finance on this dedicated page for Ghana.

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Lemonade Finance was founded on a simple goal, to make it easy for Africans to send and receive money from home easily.

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