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May 18, 2011

Ghana Embassy opens its doors to the public

 The Embassy of Ghana bustled with various activities during an Open House Embassy Tour on Saturday, May 14, 2011 as throngs of people poured into the Chancery to experience and explore Ghana’s rich, intriguing and vast culture as well as to sample scrumptious Ghanaian cuisines.

Over 60 embassies participated in the fourth annual “Passport DC/Cultural Tourism” event organized by Cultural Tourism DC.  The annual event gives residents in the DC Metro area a unique opportunity to explore the presence of the many cultures represented by neighboring embassies as they open their doors to the public all day.

Guests were greeted to an aroma of food and the sight of an array of Ghanaian cuisines and pastries which only a few were able to resist. 

The program of activities held by the Embassy of Ghana included an exhibition of Ghanaian artifacts such as real cocoa pods, carvings, Kente fabrics, musical instruments and many more as Embassy staff stood by to answer questions.

The crowd enjoyed exhilarating cultural performances and lectures by Kwame Ansah Brew a renowned cultural performer, dancer and historian whose performances captivated the attention of his audience both young and old. He encouraged the audience’s participation in his presentations and gave them the opportunity to try out Ghanaian musical instruments and dress in traditional outfits.

In the “Children’s Corner” Francis Nimako a Ghanaian children’s book author and manufacturer of hand-made wooden toys intrigued the children with his craft and folklore tales while Embassy staff introduced to the children, Ghana’s exclusive Adinkra symbols and their respective meanings.  The staff also provided the hand paintings of the flag and Adinkra symbols as requested by the Children.

The program climaxed when His Excellency Daniel Ohene Agyekum Ghana’s Ambassador to the US surprised the audience with his presence after one of Mr. Ansah Brew’s magical performances.  He expressed the Embassy’s appreciation to the crowd for visiting the Chancery and gave a brief and personable talk about Ghana. 

 A blend of Embassies coming together under the auspices of Cultural Tourism DC made the District of Columbia a global city for a day.

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