First Caribbean Week Ghana to take center stage from June 1 – 8, 2024, in Accra, Ghana

From left, Mark Dei, Barbados, VP, Ghana Caribbean Association; Malissa Garner, Guyana, events director (and champion of the initiative) for the GCA; Akwasi Abadio, Ghana, director of the Diaspora Affairs, and Kevoy Burton, Jamaica, president, GCA. Photo courtesy Malissa Garner
Photo courtesy Malissa Garner

Guyanese-born Malissa Garner who migrated from the United States to Ghana, West Africa in 2022, told Caribbean Life last Thursday, that the vibrant and dynamic Caribbean culture will take center stage when the Ghana Caribbean Association (GCA) hosts its very first Caribbean Week Ghana from June 1 to June 8, 2024.

“This annual initiative aims to introduce and celebrate Caribbean culture while making stronger ties between the Caribbean diaspora and native Ghanaians,” said Garner, adding that the week-long celebration will feature a diverse array of events designed to showcase the richness of Caribbean heritage and its positive impact on Ghanaian society

Garner, the event director for the week of activities, noted that the kick-off official Ribbon Cutting and International Market Day on June 1, will offer international shopping, entertainment, and informative sessions. A Family Fun Day on June 2 will feature authentic Caribbean food, a mini market, pool party, and games, for everyone to enjoy.

Some of the highlights will include a session for dance enthusiasts, “who won’t want to miss Salsa vs. Soca,” also scheduled for June 2 being led by the renowned Ghanaian dance school, Salsa in The City.

“DJ Serius from Barbados will be playing the hottest music to enhance the authentic Caribbean experience,” she added.

A Steel Pan vs. Drums will captivate audiences with a Reggae live band showcase featuring Trinidadian steel pan player Knomaad and local Ghanaian drumming company, African Rhythms Studios, set for June 7. While a grand finale, Fete vs. Bashment Party on June 8, promises a sensational closing celebration with a mix of dancehall, soca, calypso, chutney, and other music genres, “ensuring an unforgettable experience for all attendees. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Caribbean right here in Ghana, said Garner, who partnered with the Diaspora Affairs Office of the President in Ghana.

The Ghana Caribbean Association, which was established in 1964, stands as a beacon of support and unity for Caribbean nationals arriving in Ghana. With a rich history spanning decades, the organization is dedicated to facilitating the seamless integration of newcomers into Ghanaian society.

“At the heart of our mission is a commitment to providing essential assistance in navigating the complexities of residency requirements, ensuring that every Caribbean national feels at home in their new environment. Through our extensive network and resources, we strive to foster a vibrant community where individuals from the Caribbean diaspora can thrive and flourish.”

“Beyond practical support, the Ghana Caribbean Association is a place of camaraderie and celebration, where cultural connections are forged and cherished. We organize events, gatherings, and activities that showcase the diverse heritage and traditions of the Caribbean, creating opportunities for meaningful connections and shared experiences.”

“Our unwavering dedication to the well-being and happiness of all Caribbean nationals in Ghana, drives us to continuously evolve and expand our services. Whether it’s offering guidance on educational opportunities, career advancement, or simply providing a welcoming space to connect with fellow expatriates, we are here to ensure that every member of our community has a fulfilling and enriching experience in Ghana,” according to GCA’s newly appointed President, Jamaican born, Kevoy Burton.

“The objective is to introduce and highlight Caribbean culture, community, and their positive impact in Ghana. Another goal is to build stronger family ties with African diasporas of the Caribbean and native Ghanaians. This annual initiative is designed by Ms. Garner and powered by the Ghana Caribbean Association.”

“Join us as we embark on this journey together, building bridges across oceans and continents, and nurturing a vibrant and inclusive community that celebrates the spirit of the Caribbean in the heart of Africa,” said a statement.