April 27, 2017

RMD is hosting TAFF 2017!

Legendary actor Richard Mofe Damijo will host The African Film Festival in its second year.

The legendary actor is slated to grace the stage on the closing night on July 3, 2017 at the Dallas City Performance Hall (DCPH) in a black-tie/traditional event that will be marked by glitz and glamor and guaranteed to bring out the best in the film industry. The best in the African independent film industry will be awarded with a golden trophy reminiscent of a great Egyptian fortress. "The inspiration for this year's trophy is my love for soccer." TAFF Executive Director gushes excitedly, "I can't believe how wonderful it turned out." We share your love too Mr. E.D and we can't wait to see who takes home this golden trophy this year. For this year's selected films, click here

About Richard Mofe Damijo

Richard Mofe Damijo is from Warri, Delta State. He always had a penchant for acting right from childhood belonging to his school's drama club and majoring in Theatre Arts in the University of Benin. He would star in many popular films, theatre and TV shows. He gained major popularity in the highly acclaimed soap opera RipplesOut of BoundsScores to Settle, Private Sin, are just a few notable films under a long resume that spans over twenty years. Some of his latest work are The Wedding Party and 30 Days in Atlanta.

He dabbled into politics becoming the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria.

Get your tickets now. Go here.

December 5, 2016

An African bridal event

Houston's African wedding show & Exhibition

Date: November 4 2016
Venue: Ayva Center Houston Texas
Special performance by Cameroonian artist Chilli, Burundi Cultural dance troupe, TSU students and more. Showcase included traditional as well as formal bridal dressings by local African designers. Comedian MCPC was emcee for the event.

For event photos and video now on Facebook and YouTube.

November 17, 2016

One Africa Music Fest didn't disappoint in Houston

Flavour

One Africa Music Fest didn't disappoint in Houston

The highly anticipated African musical concert of 2016 took place at the Toyota center in Houston, Texas featuring the biggest acts in the African music industry. The event was met with fanfare as the turn up was unprecedented. Fans enjoyed the performances by Flavour, D' Banj, Reekado Banks, Skales, J Martins, Seyi Shay, P-Square, Olamide, Zoro and more.

Fans enjoyed a mixture contemporary Afrobeats and traditional sounds as well as R&B. They leaped and raved as their favorite heartthrobs dished out hit after hit for their listening pleasure. There was no dull moment in the house.
Zoro
Seyi Shay
D' Banj
Seyi Shay as the sole female headliner for the whole concert demonstrates the need for more female representation in the industry as only a handful is currently celebrated. One sole act was also noted at the sold out Brooklyn's Barclays Center venue by Tiwa Savage. By the singer's performance on that evening, she didn't disappoint performing some of her hits to include Murda, Irawo.

Highlight of the evening was SisQo. Serenading the crowd with greatest hits like Unleash the Dragon and Incomplete. He ensured crazed fans when he went into the fault for his all time smash hit Thong Song, they went wild for that one. Notable is the fact that the smooth crooner gets better with age. With his long hiatus from music, and watching him perform, it's like he never left, still able to burst his usual dance moves effortlessly. He recently dropped a new album titled The Last Dragon and is out on tour.

All in all, One Africa Music Fest was a success in both shows and have become an event a diverse fanbase will anticipate year after year. They are here to stay as OAMF chief organizer Mr. Peter Okoye received a proclamation by the city of Houston that would ensure they return every year.
SisQo solidifies his position in R&B with his triumphant return to the spotlight.
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October 12, 2016

One Africa Music Fest comes to Houston

The biggest African music concert comes to Houston, Texas this fall.

Featuring all of your favorite Afro Artists. If the first event at Barclay's center, Brooklyn New York was any indication, this is slated to be groundbreaking for Houston fans.

ONE AFRICA MUSIC FEST COMES TO TOYOTA CENTER ON OCTOBER 22nd. 

With Special Performances By 2Face, P-Square, and Dbanj alongside an exciting line up of Africa’s finest


Upfront and Personal Global Management Consultants (UPGMC) are a Media company and Nigeria's largest entertainment broker and integrated artiste management company. They are looking to harness their access and credibility with Nigeria's music talent to build Africa's Largest Musical platform.

One Africa Music Fest, presented by Upfront & Personal, is set to hit the U.S. for the second time on Saturday, October 22, 2016. The event will take place at Houston’s Toyota Center at 7 p.m. This unforgettable night will be hosted by Africa’s R&B King Banky W.

Guests will fill the Toyota Center to See live performances from Africa’s finest such as Nigerian afrobeats stars 2Face, P-Square, Dbanj, Olamide, Flavour, Kcee, Harrysongs, DR Congolese MTV award winner Fally Ipupa, South African duo Mafikizolo, East Africa’s Vanessa Mdee, Tekno, Seyi Shay, J Martins, Vector, Skales, Reekado Bank, Cabo Snoop, and many more.

To purchase tickets for the show, visit www.houstontoyotacenter.com (Search for “One Africa Music Fest”) or by calling +1-866-446-8849. Tickets are available at the Toyota Center Box Office at Toyota Center (if tickets are still available).

Chairman/CEO – Upfront and personal, Paul Okoye said “This is another historic event that will sustain the momentum behind African music taking over the globe, while many Africans in Diaspora and Americans get first class entertainment at the Toyota Center Houston, come 22nd October, 2016. We’re taking over HOUSTON”.

This night in music is one you won’t want to miss!

Follow @upfrontbookings, @Fuzengn and @oneafrica_music on twitter and Instagram; oneafricamusicfest on Facebook for all the details! Or simply use #oneafricamusicfest on social media.

September 21, 2016

A women's empowerment event not to miss


AWIEF is bringing together the best of African women leaders under one roof at this year's forum in September


AWIEF is here again! The 2016 edition of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum is around the corner and it is billed to make unprecedented strides in AWIEF’s Pan-African campaign to accelerate the economic empowerment of women in Africa’s best interest.

AWIEF Founder and CEO, Mrs. Irene Ochem, speaking to reporters at AWIEF offices in Lagos confirmed the participation of Lagos State as Official Partner and Host State Government with the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode giving the keynote speech and welcome address at the opening ceremony on the 29th of September 2016.

AN EVENT FOR AFRICAN WOMEN LEADERS

Mrs. Ochem went on to say that a major highlight of the event has been occasioned by AWIEF’s partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The AfDB in a special dedicated high-level panel will be unveiling the modalities and details of African Development Bank’s USD-300 million Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) program. AWIEF is committed to not just talking about the issues affecting African women’s economic empowerment but, most importantly, AWIEF is committed to taking action and engaging in programs and initiatives through AWIEF NGO and social enterprise that will create that positive impact and actually change the African Woman’s economic fortune for the better.

The event is holding on the 29th and 30th of September at The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. Pre-conference workshops powered by GOOGLE and LEAP Africa to be held on the 28th of September 2016. Registration is ongoing online at www.awieforum.com or by email to: info@icoconferences.com.

For Sponsorship, registration or other participation call +234 814 376 9875/+234 814 760 7909/+234 818 570 1455.


August 26, 2016

MAZI CHUKZ WILL BE MENSWEAR BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR AFWL

MAZI CHUKZ

Mazi Chukz is an Afrobeats artist who resides in the UK, he introduced himself to the industry with his introductory song - Ebeano which was premiered by Link Up TV. Since then he has released singles, One In A Million, Hustle, Dem Hail and Down which have attributed greatly to his current success.

He has also collaborated with an array of international and national talent such as: L.A.X and Maleek Berry, Moelogo, Sona, Mista Silva and more.

He has a great interest in fashion and has previously collaborated with fashion brands, he mixes tailored sportswear with his Igbo, Nigerian heritage.


Mazi Chukz has also been previously featured on MTV IGGY, Link Up TV, Not Just Ok, MOBO Awards and Complex UK​. His most recent single 'Down' was also premiered by Red Bull Music. As well as his previous releases 'One In A Million' and 'Ifunanya' being play-listed on 1xtra an Capital Xtra​.

We chose Mazi to be AFWL Menswear Brand Ambassador because of his interest in fashion and his enthusiasm for African culture in all its forms.

"I'm excited to see some of the fresh talent showcasing their work on the catwalk, I have an interest in Nigerian fashion designers, there's a lot of talent coming out of Nigeria. I like that they infuse tradition with Western influence, I think it's dope how they mix bold colours with contrasting patterns. African Fashion Week London is a great way to highlight African Fashion. Everyone should come and see what's happening out of Africa."

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE, MEET MAZI CHUKZ DURING AFRICA FASHION WEEK 2016 IN LONDON 


Venue - West Hall Olympia London Earls Court W14 8UX


AFWL 2016 Will Include 5 Catwalk Shows | 60 Designers | AFWL Expo & Entertainment.

FRIDAY THE 9TH OF SEPTEMBER – Fashion Show and Exhibition

SATURDAY THE 10TH OF SEPTEMBER – Fashion Show and Exhibition

CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW! SHOWCASE AT AFWL


August 20, 2016

AN EVENT FOR AFRICAN WOMEN LEADERS


2ND AFRICA WOMEN INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM (AWIEF)


Under the theme “Accelerating women’s economic empowerment in Africa’s best interest", the 2nd edition of the premier Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) will once again gather, from across Africa and the globe, top women entrepreneurs and women in business, thought leaders, investors, SMEs, MSMEs, international development organizations, NGOs, foundations, government policy-makers, and the media. AWIEF is a platform to discuss the role of women in Africa’s economic growth, address the challenges faced by female business-owners, analyze those challenges and proffer innovative and sustainable solutions that effectively foster the empowerment of African women and unleash their full potential for successful business entrepreneurship.

The conference will feature participation from global leading institutions and decision- makers seeking to transform the African economy with women empowerment as a driver of development.

AWIEF Founder and MD Irene Ochem

Addressing current challenges


According to Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder and Managing Director of ICO Conferences & Events, “despite leading the world on women entrepreneurship, African female business-owners enjoy less recognition and support than their male counterparts for their contribution to poverty reduction, employment and wealth creation. AWIEF will unveil comprehensive strategies for enhanced economic participation and opportunities for women throughout the continent. We are addressing such current challenges as inequalities in access to economic opportunities, less access to finance, technology, market information, business networks, as well as gender bias in education and skills development”

She continues: “This year the AWIEF pre-conference training workshops will focus on three areas: 1) Technology in Business 2) Entrepreneurship Strategies and Creativity in Business 3) Result-Oriented Sustainable Business Development.”

The 2016 AWIEF Conference targets the broadest spectrum of participants and regional inclusion from across Africa and has received endorsement and support from many relevant African and global institutions and organizations. AWIEF will create a networking opportunity with potential business partnerships, knowledge-sharing and peer-learning. It therefore allows African women entrepreneurs compare their challenges, learn and connect across borders to enhance and expand their impact.

With a wider coverage of exhibitions, AWIEF provides the perfect continental platform to present and showcase your brands, technologies, products and services to female African decision makers, influencers and qualified buyers from diverse industry and business sectors.

AWIEF is your opportunity to be a part of a continental drive to invest in and support the empowerment of women for unleashing Africa's full economic growth and transformation. You will meet face-to-face for two days with top local and international professionals and business women from diverse industries.

Meet the leading women and esteemed speakers for the event


Speakers


AWIEF 2016 has an exciting concentration of esteemed, high-level, reputable and international speaker profiles which include:
  • H.E. Susan Shabangu, Honourable Minister of Women in the Presidency, South Africa 
  • H.E. Dr Diane Gashumba, Honourable Minister of Gender & Family Promotion, Rwanda 
  • H.E. Senator Aisha Alhassan, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Nigeria 
  • Almas Jiwani, President Emeritus, UN Women Canada & Founder/CEO, Almas Jiwani Foundation, Canada 
  • Melody Kweba, President/Chairperson, South African Women in Mining Association (SAWIMA), South Africa 
  • Tara Femi-Durotoye, CEO/Creative Director, House of Tara International, Nigeria 
  • Adenike Ogunlesi, Founder/Chief Responsibility Officer, Ruff ‘n’ Tumble, Nigeria 
  • Khanyi Dhlomo, Founder/CEO, Ndalo Media, South Africa 
  • Fiorina Mugione, Chief, Entrepreneurship Section, United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland 
  • Mary Olushoga, Founder AWP Network, USA 
  • Regina Honu, Founder/CEO, Soronko Solutions, Ghana 
  • Melanie Hawken, Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Lionesses of Africa, South Africa 
  • Shimite Bello, Group President/CEO, Quintessential Group, Nigeria 
  • Thelma Ekiyor, Co-Founder/CEO, Afrigrants Resources Ltd, Nigeria 
  • Sandra L Ross, Associate Executive Director, LITE-Africa 
  • Nkemdilim Begho, Founder/Managing Director, Future Software Resources Ltd, Nigeria 
  • Christine Ngiriye, Managing Director, Africa 2.0, Rwanda 
  • Achenyo Idachaba, Founder/Creative Director, MitiMeth, Nigeria 
  • Hilda Ndude, Chairperson, Black Business Women Association (BBWA), South Africa 

AWIEF dates and venue:


Two-day Conference and Exhibition: 29 – 30 September 2016
Pre-Conference Workshops: 28 September 2016
Venue: The Civic Centre, Lagos, Nigeria


To register and attend (by email or online):

Telephone: +27 21 826 8878
Mobile: +234 814 376 9875 (Nigeria); +27 76 052 1199 (South Africa)
Email: info@icoconferences.com
Web: http://awieforum.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AWIEFInitiative
Twitter: @awieforum

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER



August 18, 2016

YEMI ALADE TO HOST AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON

Introducing Yemi Alade as the brand ambassador for Africa Fashion Week London 2016. She has become the platform's favorite because of her talent and creativity, and her unreserved African originality.

Yemi Alade represents everything that Africa Fashion Week stands for. She is someone who embodies the true African woman.

She made her musical debut in 2005, but her music became widely popular after she won the Peak Talent Show in 2009.

The songstress has performed around the world, sharing the stage and songs with Mary J Blige, Shina Peters, M.I, Wizkid, Becca, May D, Waje and Yemi Sax and you can meet her at Africa Fashion Week London 2016.

MORE ABOUT AFWL

ABOUT AFWL

Created by Ronke Ademiluyi, Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) is Europe's largest catwalk event of African and African-inspired design.
A collaborative catwalk and exhibition, highlighting the industry’s established and emerged African designers, AFWL is at the forefront of capturing the surge of the African inspired trends in the fashion industry. Our annual event aims to celebrate the work of African and African inspired designers in the UK and worldwide.

OUR MISSION

To increase the visibility and awareness of our designers by providing them with an affordable global showcasing platform. 

OUR TRACK RECORD

AFWL has hosted four catwalk events since inception in 2011 and contributed expertise to at least 10 more events produced by 3rd parties such as The Mayor of London’s Black History Month celebrations and the annual Africa Centre Summer Festival.
We have showcased over 300 designers to almost 45,000 visitors including buyers, retailers and other industry professionals; and our open-to-the-public events are becoming a highlight on the annual fashion calendar.
The Theme for AFWL 2015  is APPRENTICE & SKILL EMPOWERMENT".
As part of our Youth Development Initiative for the Fashion Business industry, we will be nominating apprentices within  the fashion industry that will be Tourism Ambassadors who will be mentored by different Fashion designers from all over the world for a rare opportunity to be on AFWL 2016 next year based on excellent performance index.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO SHOWCASE AT AFWL



August 17, 2016

A Zanzibar's new year: The Fighting Festival

Mwaka Kogwa

While many of us in the West and the regions colonized by it may be used to celebrating the New Year in January, there are many places in the world where this is not the case. Take for instance Kae Kuu, Makunduchi, Zanzibar, they celebrate the new year between July and August going by the Persian calendar, Shirazi. Mwaka Kogwa festival is a new year celebration marked by a healthy dose of whooping with banana stalk. When the Swahilis adopted this tradition by the Middle East many years ago before Islam, sticks and clubs were used. This aggressive ritual is also a cleansing one meant to settle scores, to enter the new year with a clean slate.

Mwaka Kogwa festival lasts 4 days and many rituals are performed. 2 brothers from the Southern Makunduchi engage in a whooping fight with 2 brothers from the Northern part, then it takes off from there. A winner is declared by the lifting of both arms in the air to call a truce, but since there are basically little rules and no referee, another supporter could replace the fighter and the fight continues, all which are considered healthy. While the women don't engage physically in the fight, they cheer on, singing songs about life and love. They sing songs that taunt the men and often their sex lives would depend on it. They would demand gifts. For the fight to be over, someone (or the banana stem) must tire out, this is believed to be an exorcism of all negativity that allows them to look forward to the new year with a positive light.
Other rituals include the building of a pyramid thatch hut which is set ablaze by a local spiritualist who runs out in time to a nearby bush while the onlookers put the fire out. This is believed to protect them in the event that if someone's house would catch fire, no life would be lost. They also engage in rituals that would prevent the outbreak of a disease.

The celebration culminates in a feast that's elaborate and long prepared, livestock are slaughtered for the occasion. The feast is held in the open and everyone is welcome. No one is allowed to eat alone or it's believed that one is isolated and unhappy. The women go all out for the occasion dressed in their most colorful clothes. There's music and dance that go on into the night. A new year is born.

Mwaka kogwa festival is a tourist attraction in Makunduchi, Zanzibar, enjoyed by the locals and the many tourists that flock to the area during that period of time.
Images courtesy of Things to do in Zanzibar, Afrotourism


August 14, 2016

TIWA SAVAGE on RED

Catch TIWA SAVAGE in the USA on her RED Tour coming to your town

Friday August 5th, Tiwa Savage graced her fans in Houston, Texas with her presence in what would be considered a highly energetic show. I personally have never been to any of her shows before so I have nothing to compere it to. This would be the Houston leg of her U.S. RED Tour at Ayva center. The Doro Diva was live with her cherry colored backup dancers, highly animated for the audience entertainment.

The show itself was quite animated as she and her dancers shimmied on stage in acrobatic twists and turns, hyping up the crowd in hit songs such as Girlie'o, Without my heart, Key to the city,  Eminado. It is the true mark for an artist to reach the high status, when fans know every word on the lyrics and sing along as the artist performs on stage. Tiwa truly has loyal fans. Worthy to note on this day however her many female fans. They lit up everytime she ushered in one hit song after another, their night was made when Dr. Sid, another Mavin label and crowd favorite turned up to perform their hit song If I Start to Talk out of her latest album R.E.D.

Judging from this event one thing is sure. Her fans love her. The gracious star took the time for a one-on-one selfie overload with as many as possible backstage.

Her trajectory is already high, she just signed on with Roc Nation, Jay Z' s label. I hope she remains as authentic as she is now with music that we've come to know and love her for. In her own words "we ain't done" she's fresh off another highly energetic show One Africa Fest at Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, New York. Concert dates include Atlanta, Ga. and Philadelphia, Pa.

Full photo album now available at www.facebook.com/msadaku

Watch Tiwa Savage's live event on YouTube


August 13, 2016

U.S-Africa Cultural and Business Expo 2016

U.S. - AFRICA CULTURAL EXPO AND BUSINESS MATCHMAKING 2016

OCTOBER 13 - 15, 2016 IN AUSTIN, TEXAS USA.


This three-day event will include professional opportunities such as, strategies for
growth, competitive advantage, and incentives for foreign investment. Participants will
enjoy entertainment activities, cultural shows, networking events and a marketplace of
local vendors.

The 3rd annual U.S.-Africa Business Matchmaking Conference is a high-level global conference. Throughout the conference participants will stay engaged through keynote presentations, panel discussions, business matchmaking and workshops. Networking receptions will facilitate effective partnership building for businesses, investors, and government entities. The U.S.-Africa Business Matchmaking Program affords conference participants and delegates the opportunity to meet with high-level business executives, exhibitors and sponsors on a one-on-one basis.

Breakaway Matchmaking Sessions with Business Owners

The Business Matchmaking is uniquely designed to target the right contacts and fulfill your market objectives in order to establish a long-lasting relationship in U.S. and African Markets.


Brought to you by AFTV5

AFTV5 is a 501c (3) non-profit. AFTV5 promotes the development of African and U.S.
businesses by sponsoring The Annual U.S.- Africa Business Matchmaking Expo. Africa
has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and African business owners
want to establish strong U.S. partnership during this historically high growth period.

The annual US-Africa Cultural Expo and Business Matchmaking is our marquee event, which
attracted a lot of business owners last year. These business owners from Africa and the United
States will meet to discuss existing and potential business opportunities in both markets.
The event is a high-level global conference that will combine keynote presentations, panels
expo, business matchmaking, gala and networking receptions to facilitate effective partnership
building for businesses, investors and government’s entities.
Facilitated panel discussions will engage the audience with topics such as:
  •  Business opportunities in Africa and in the US 
  • Incentives to ensure foreign investment and the establishment of global companies in Africa 
  • Access to finance for African businesses to include government incentives 
  • Strategies for growth and competitive advantage 
  • Social media and reaching the market
For more information on this event including the high profile speaker line up, visit their website.

Dallas Fashion Week 2016

4th Annual Dallas International Fashion Showcase

On September 4th 2016, the 4th Annual Dallas International Fashion Showcase Presented by the City of Dallas and Trendy Africa Magazine will hold at the magnificent and historic Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas.

Dallas International Fashion Week is set to be the most DIVERSE yet with lot's of culturally exciting inputs. The historically glamorous Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas will host up to 12 talented designers, more than 30 hot models and a host of presidential and diplomatic guests. It's time to make your reservation to attend and if you are a vendor; there is no better opportunity with the 3000 seat venue. Expect World Class Fashion, Music and Entertainment.


Click to learn more about Dallas Fashion Week

Courtesy of Trendy Africa
More, including ticketing information can be found here.

August 10, 2016

Today in Africa

In Ghana: The Homowo Festival 

Also referred sometimes by some as Ghana's thanksgiving or passover due to some similarities - the coming together and enjoying a bountiful harvest. Homowo festival is one of the biggest cultural festivals in the West African region today.

Hundreds of years ago, during their migration to the modern day Accra, the Ga people suffered severe famine in the region due to lack of rainfall that nearly ravaged them as people. They embarked on an agricultural restoration project that would eventually yield a bountiful harvest when the region finally saw a record rainfall in which they celebrated. Homowo Festival was born. Homowo, meaning "hooting at hunger" symbolizes a triumph over hunger and an abundance. It is denoted by a homecoming, a period of song and dance following a bountiful harvest in which its reaping is enjoyed by all and marks the beginning of a New Year according to their traditional calendar.

The three month long preparation and celebration goes from May to September, with the actual festival in August. It starts with a series of rituals at the beginning of the rainy season in May when the first crops, namely millet are sown and blessed by the traditional priest in anticipation of a fruitful harvest, there's a 30-day ban of drumming, music or loud noise which is believed to provide the solitude in which the gods need to work so as not to scare away the spirits of the dead, a period of rest for the farmers and fishermen follows in which the soil is sanctified and blessed leading to the festival week, picked by the traditional high priest in August, starting on a Thursday, lasting until Sunday. Two weeks before the festival is marked by song and dance, gift exchange, remembering the dead and settling of all debts and disputes amongst the people.

Thursday of the festival week is marked by a massive return of the Ga people to their homeland from all over the world, these Soobii, or pilgrims are known as the Thursday people, they visit their respective families in preparation of Homowo day. Friday marks the celebration of twins (or triplets, etc), they are covered in clay, and dressed in white clothing to symbolize purity and the high priest blesses them. Multiple births symbolize fertility for this group and therefore Friday is an especially blessed day and folks of multiple births receive special treatment. Friday is also denoted by gift giving, Friday night, Homowo eve is denoted by the firing of guns to warn the people to remain indoors to allow the wandering of the spirits of the dead through the streets.

Homowo day, Saturday is denoted by the preparation of a special dish known as Kpekpei, made of corn meal, palm nut and fish. Everyone would share in one dish, symbolizing the forgoing of age, class and importance and the focusing on oneness. Some Kpekpei is tossed at doorposts and areas of perceived spirit presence. By some suggestions, this is where the similarities lie with the Jewish Passover. Kpekpei and the unleavened bread play similar functions, also the Ga people apply read clay on their door posts to ward off evil spirits the way the Jewish apply sacrificed blood on their door posts to keep their first born son safe. People visited various homes and are welcome regardless of their  social or financial status. The day-long celebration comes to a head during the Homowo dance, a lively and uninhibited activity symbolizing the abandonment of social constraints and class and a "hooting at hunger" as if to say "what hunger, when there's abundance?"

Some sources believe that the term "Homowo" actually means "sleeping over hunger" or fasting, There's a period of fasting just before the feast, a sanctification period if you will. The high priests undergo a period of sacred atonement to usher in the festival and the new year. Regardless of what you actually believe, one thing is sure, this remains one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Ghana today.

Further reading can be found at African Events and Cheza Nami


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