Categories: Latest Date: Jun 12, 2017 Title: Ghana Embassy Participates in the Around the World Embassy Tour
Mr. Ernest-Burke Asare-Asiedu, Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy of Ghana, praised the country, as one with a great history, amazing tourist locations and a dynamic culture, during the Open House Embassy Tour.
The sound of cultural drumming and the aroma of authentic Ghanaian cuisine welcomed the throngs of people who visited the Ghana Embassy on Saturday, May 6, 2017, to explore as well as experience Ghana’s rich culture during the Passport DC 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. On this day, the bureaucratic walls that make Embassies inaccessible to the residents of the District come down, giving the locals a rare opportunity to explore the many international cultures that abound in their communities.
In his brief remarks, Mr. Ernest-Burke Asare-Asiedu, Charge d’ Affaires welcomed guests and said Ghana is a country with a great history, amazing tourist locations and a dynamic culture, extracts of which he said, were showcased at the event. The warmth of Ghana is not only evident in its warm climate but experienced whenever one interacts with or encounters a Ghanaian citizen, he added.
A line-up of activities kept guests entertained and informed on the country’s history, culture and tourism sites. A Consular officer was also on hand to answer questions on passport and visa acquisition. Also, an exhibition of Ghanaian artifacts including wood carvings, paintings, various silk thread art pieces, kente fabrics, musical instruments and many more were on display.
Outside on the Embassy’s compound, were long queues of guests who were treated to sumptuous Ghanaian cuisine including jollof rice, rice and beans (waakye), plantain and beans, peanut butter soup with rice balls, kenkey and fish and, kebabs to mention a few. Inside the auditorium, families participated in cultural performances given by Kwame Ansah Brew a renowned cultural performer, dancer and historian. At the children’s corner, tiny hands were guided by staff of the Embassy to create Ghanaian fabrics using adinkra symbols. They were also treated to face and hand paintings of the Ghanaian flag and other cultural symbols.
Since this year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Passport DC Event, as part of the celebrations, cultural activities are scheduled to take place in Washington DC throughout the Month of May.
Climaxing the May long activities was a show of culinary diplomacy, dubbed “Embassy Chef Challenge.” The edible journey allowed participants and judges an opportunity to taste foods from more than 34 countries, including Ghana. Representing Ghana was Embassy Chef, Mr. Francis Otoo who showcased Ghana jollof rice and other delicious Ghanaian foods.
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