2021 is officially over! I don’t know about you but I love great endings: epic final acts on shows or compelling ending scenes in books. After the hectic year we had; globally battling ferocious variants of COVID, navigating through poverty, violence, and uncertainties, we did deserve the best rounding moments of the year! December, the twelfth and final chapter of 2021, was lined with many exciting events in Ghana. From music festivals to fashion shows to food fairs, you name it! What better way to end the year?
Ghana is the hub of holiday celebrations
I joined the holiday cruise and hoarded wonderful memories to carry me through the new year. Folks say sharing is caring so here’s a brief review of all my favorite events during the holiday season. Know where the fun is and plan accordingly for later this year. Join the cruise in the next holiday season
Around The World festival
ATW was an epic festival for music/food lovers who wanted to enjoy goodies from Ghana and other parts of the world. The festival took place at Polo Court gated community around the airport residential area (a very classy venue for the event). Across the three days, it was held, there were wonderful performances from celebrities like Gyakie, Efya, Kidi, and other international artists. I enjoyed trying out a variety of foods and playing archery with teenagers.
Afrochella was the biggest festival of the year! The whole festival spans across a month. From 5th December last year to the 4th day of this new year. The organisers did a great job with making Ghana a number one holiday destination for Africans on the continent and the global diaspora. El Wak Staduim was really the right venue for all the crowd they pulled. My favourite part of the festival was the music concert which had performances from all the top artists of the year. From Gyakie, to Black Sheriff, to Amarae, WizKid. . . the list is really long. Come see for yourself.
This was another exciting festival for food lovers but more specifically, junk food lovers. I promise there were more junk food stands than political parties in a country of 40 million citizens. Wink. Wink. The event took place at East Legon, behind the American House building in a place called The Backyard. What better place to eat your favourite junk food?
R2Bees and Friends
This was a great roundup of musical concerts for the rest of the year. La Palm Royal Beach Hotel was swarmed with R2Bees fans and music enthusiasts from all over the continent and the diaspora. The great duo proved how well they could run a crowd. My favorite male Ghanaian artiste, Bisa Kdei, heated up the night with a captivating performance of his hit song Mansa. Trust me when I say African music is therapy.
This was the maiden edition of the festival organized by D. Global entertainment. A little fun fact, before the festival, I had never heard of Amapiano music. In case you’re like me, just know that Amapiano is Zulu and it means “the pianos.” It’s typically music made with high-pitched piano tunes that originated from South Africa. The festival, being the first of its kind, had thrilling performances of African music from South African and UK performers. Don’t miss the next editions of the festival.
Are you a jollof fan? I am too! Jollof festival 2021 was the third edition of the festival since it started in 2019. Many people love this festival because Jollof is a staple food in Ghana and at the festival, they get to eat it for free with wonderful music and engaging activities. You know where to be in December if you love free food. Wink wink.
Gold Coast Carnival
This was the first edition of the carnival but it felt like a familiar ritual. The organizers knew exactly what they were doing when they selected only the best Afrobeat artists to perform. Samini, Rocky Dawuni, M.anifest, MzVee, Kwaw Kese, Kelvyn Boy, and Kwabena Kwabena made the night a moment to cherish forever. Sorry if you attended without your lover or friend because this was a concert in celebration of love. Love for friends, family, and our country.
Freedom wave concert
This concert was headlined by dancehall king, Shatta Wale, and rap lord, Medikal. The duo dedicated the concert to their fans for sticking with them throughout a tough controversial year and supporting their music. Freedom Wave was one of the most affordable Christmas concerts with a ticket cost of GHc 10 for regular attendees and GHc 20 for VIP attendees. It was indeed a concert for all.
This was an annual concert by the internationally acclaimed rapper, Sarkodie. It was indeed a deluxe celebration of a decade’s success in the music industry by the legendary artist. The concert was one of the most expensive local events of the holiday season but it still pulled a large crowd. Folks love Sarkodie!
This was also a maiden edition of the festival headlined by Afrobeat stars across Ghana and Nigeria. The special thing about this festival is that it took place at the Shai Forest Reserve which gave the audience a natural camping experience. Apart from the main stage performances, there were exciting pre- and after-party events including breakfast parties, hot air balloon, and hiking. What better way to enjoy music and the wild?
PLAN FOR THE NEXT HOLIDAY SEASON
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Coming Next. . .
An interview with a diasporic African who spent the Christmas holidays in Ghana. Stay tuned for a first-hand experience of a vacation in Ghana!
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SAFETY TIPS FOR HOLIDAY EVENTS
The pandemic is still ongoing, do what you can to protect yourself and your loved ones. Note that the tips I am sharing with you are based on precautionary measures from the World Health Organization (WHO), Ghana’s Ministry of Health, and my personal experience from attending several events during the holiday season.
1. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Ghana’s Ministry of Health recommend that everyone gets vaccinated to reduce the spread of COVID. You’ll need your Vaccination Card if you decide to travel for concerts in Ghana and other countries.
2. Don’t attend social events if you feel sick or have symptoms of COVID. Please stay home.
3. Keep your mask on during concerts or double mask if possible. Social distancing isn’t practical at concerts so you need to protect yourself.
4. Carry along a sanitizer. There are disinfection booths at most concerts but you’ll need your backup.
5. Avoid close contact with persons showing symptom(s) of COVID.
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