Culture

ghanaian woman photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

ghanaian woman
photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

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Ghana Secondary Technical School

I am passionate about education and its effect on improving one’s life trajectory. I’m inspired by efforts and sacrifices made to ensure every young boy and girl across the world receive an education. I’m intrigued by educational buildings throughout the world. In Ghana, I traveled to the Ghana Secondary Technical School in Takoradi. Different from most U.S. schools, students reside on campus.  It was a beautiful campus with dedicated and academically successful young people excited about their opportunity to learn.  What stood out most?  The well in the middle of campus from which students pump water.

When traveling internationally, what types of locales intrigue you?

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Success With What You Have

Happy Monday! Are you making the best of your circumstances?  Do you look for the gold in a sea of trash?  Have you seen the rose growing through the concrete?  Kelvin Doe, a self-taught teen from Sierra Leone, is an engineering whiz.  With very limited resources, he has scoured garbage to find items he can use to create transmitters, batteries and generators.  Kelvin, who is known by many throughout Sierra Leone as DJ Focus, created a radio station where he plays music, broadcasts news and encourages dialogue addressing issues concerning his country.  He was recently invited to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to participate in the Visiting Practitioner’s Program making him the program’s youngest participant.

Kelvin has inspired me to no end.  DJ Focus couldn’t be a more appropriate title for this young man.

What are your thoughts on Kelvin’s story?  What does it motivate you to accomplish?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

Green: rainforest – Kakum National Park, Ghana
river dyed green – St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago, IL
grapes – Robert Mondavi Winery, Yountville, CA

Are you participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge?

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A Dinner In Accra

On 6 March 2007, Ghana celebrated its 50th year of independence from British rule.  My Godfather, who is Ghanian, insisted we join him in his home country for a week-long celebration.  This was my first visit to Africa, a trip I’d dreamed of for decades.  As a member of the African Diaspora, I yearned for the opportunity to learn as much as possible that week of my ancestors.  One of Godfather’s friends invited us to his home for dinner one evening.  We were treated like royalty.  Dinner was beyond delicious, which was true of EVERY MEAL we had in Ghana.  What set this apart was having the opportunity to commune with those we’d just met and experience customs first hand.  There is something emotionally-stirring and connecting about breaking bread with others.

*forgive picture quality*

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

Our host humbly brought by a bowl of hot water, soap and a towel for each of us to wash our hands prior to dinner.

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

samosa, plantains, rice, chicken, vegetables and 4 homemade sauces
photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

We were all invited to commune in the family’s expansive living room as to abolish any formality.  We shared many laughs, stories and learned of each others’ histories and experiences.  

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

photo courtesy of The Harrises of Chicago

My sincere desire is that whenever we travel internationally, we’ll have the opportunity to commune with a local family and gain a greater understanding of customs and cuisine.

While traveling internationally, have you had the opportunity to commune with local families?

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