They say you only live once, right? So when your best friend says get up lets go to Ghana.....You Go!!!
OH MY GOSH!!!!! ACCRA was soooo fckin AMAZING.
Where does one even begin to tell you about this trip?
This was my first time in Ghana and third time in Africa. In general, I had an idea of what to expect and had every intention on having an open heart to any unexpected.
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One thing I did expect was of course, THE HEAT! This was the day we landed and as soon as we got in the house, the clothes came OFF.
A cool unexpected was witnessing elections in another country. What an experience that was.
Everyday was a party!
But anyway, did I tell you it was Hot out there?? I wasn't complaining, that sun was EVERYTHING!
It had us glowing the entire trip!
The Entire Trip!!
Accra has some Gems! We went to thee AMAZING Kakum National Park.
And it was a blast!
Another site we saw was the infamous Elmina Castle. Elmina Castle, built originally as a fort in 1653 by the Swedes, was taken over by British and owned by a series of British companies, particularly the Royal African Company from 1667-1750, and the British African Company of Merchants 1750-1820. It was these companies that took advantage of a previous domestic market in slaves in the African interior to develop a new form of human trafficking. From these shores the infamous “Middle Passage” of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade began, taking tens of millions of African slaves across the Atlantic to the Americas. Walking through the Castle was an extremely profound experience.
It brought everything full circle for me when it comes to Africans(All Black people are African to me) in America. I have read the stories, watched the movies, but nothing is compared to actually being there. Seeing the dungeons, rooms, and quarters where my family were being held was sobering. To offer perspective, Elmina castle was used as a warehouse for not slaves, but goods and products for centuries before it became to be known as a Slave Fort. So, you can only imagine the conditions they were being held in. There was a point in the tour where the tour guide brought us to the 'Door of No Return',
this was where the African people walked one last time on African soil.......chilling. It's an experience I highly suggest for ANYONE visiting Accra.
There is so much to see on the continent in general and it's a shame that many still only think of Africa as a place to see wild animals. It's funny, upon returning, so many different people came up to me asking me if I visited any safaris. My response was, "No, but I did visit this place called Aqua Safari Resort and it was fabulous!"
Ha! It wasn't sunny that day so I took the initiative to insert my own Sun.
I always thought of my university (IUP) as a home away from home. But, it looks like Accra ranks as a close second. Who knew I would run into so many people I went to school with?
What are the odds that I end up in Accra at the same time with so many different school friends!?!
But of course, I can't neglect to mention, I made new friends!
Speaking of Accra having Gems!?! There was no way I was leaving this pretty Gem where I saw it. Yes, it came home with me. (For those that don't know, this is a photo of Rose Quartz)
You can't come all the way to the continent and not get your hair braided. The talent is impeccable. It just makes me think, how can we show off these talents to the world?
So I thought about it!
And then though about it a little more.....
And then it it hit me! Why not bridge the diaspora gap through hair???!!!??
And Viola! We at Luvonpurpose, LLC. will be starting an initiative in that we will be collaborating with talented hair stylist from the continent to sell HAND-MADE CROCHET BRAIDS styles. Please take a look at the hair these women braided and twisted.
If there is one thing I know about the crochet braids and twist popping up at hair stores, its that the factory made braids and twist have a different look from the braids/twist you get manually done. So my solution is to have Handmade pre-braided/twisted hair for crochet styles. This hair can be reused for future installations and is a lot more versatile. So I made goal to sell the hair with the intent to evolve this into an initiative where African stylist will become self-sufficient through skill-training and education. These ladies have already mastered the skill of braiding
and I would like to expand their talents globally through crochet braids. I'm so excited about doing this and so grateful for this trip in that it birthed this thought.
The trip was so worth it!
It reignited that fire and desire I have for living my life on this continent. There is nothing like it and nothing will ever replace it. Forever in my heart, mind, and soul. I know God put it in my purpose to be here one day because when I'm telling you, something comes alive when I am here, it is indescribable. Anybody that is close to me knows how obsessive I am about returning and it WILL happen as God wants it to happen.