I had the rare privilege to experience Africa’ most revered festival, Afrochella 2022 in December, and I’m here to share my experience with those planning to attend next year.
Given my work with Classicghana.com as a blogger/reporter I got a VVIP pass to the event which means I have all access to the venue and all the two-day sessions.
I also get to see the founders of Afrochella, Abdul Karim Abdullah and Kenny Agyapong Jr, performers and celebrities face-to-face because my pass allows me to be close to the stage, so I understand if others have different opinions of the festival depending on the ticket they bought.
In my third year as an attendee, I had an enjoyable experience, interviewing diasporans about their perception and moments during the festival.
It was my first time putting my journalistic skills to practice as first year student at the Ghana Institute of Journalism.
In the past edition of the festival, my role has always been to take pictures for Classicghana.com and have fun but this time, I had to complement that with real interviews which gave me the opportunity to sharpen my skills and learn about Ghana and Africans in general from a diasporan perspective. I had a couple of hitches as expected of a novice, but I also did a great job and exercised confidence Infront of the camera. Enough of my assessment of myself! Lol… you can rate me by watching my interviews below.
This year’s festival was no different from the previous ones except that I realized more diasporans especially from the African American communities and Ghanaians from the U.S especially, attended in droves.
Performances were top-notch! If you attended, it is likely you would meet your favorite African artiste churning out their top hits!
Artistes such as Burna boy, Gyakie Asake, Ayra Star, Fally Ipupa and others rocked the stage.
Well, back to my interview debut saga hahas. One significant thing that run through the interview was that most of the interviewees had participated in Afrochella previously and are back due to their previous experience and Ghana’s beautiful and lively population.
And for the first timers, they were already planning their next trip to Ghana for the festival.
Well did I talk about the various eye-catching and vibrant art installations, the traditional dancers, the African inspired fashion parade?
I couldn’t afford to miss out on networking as I made a friend called Dalla. We had massive fun and danced throughout the night.
The night?! you screamed? You could still find revelers still partying at 3am.
Thanks to the Afrochella organizers for giving me both the skills and thrills.
By Nana Darkoaa Ofori-Boateng
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