On a cool July night in the hills of DC’s Van Ness, ThingstodoDC latest event gave DC’s rambling crowd a reminder that those who travel to Africa are rewarded with a unique cultural experience and invoked an itch for travel in first timers curious to visit the world’s richest continent.
On Friday night, the Embassy of Ghana opened its doors to over 100 young professionals and culturally enlightened attendees. The moment you walk in, the Embassy welcomes you with its large foyer decorated with a colorful palette of red, green, gold, and black, almost as a tribute to its national flag symbolizing the country's struggle for independence, abundance of mineral wealth, and rich forestation For those who perused the foyer were greeted to authentic statues and art work typical in Ghana.
The embassy event featured a large buffet filled with typical fare you would eat if you were a resident of sub-saharan nation including; Suya, Watche, Kenka, and Jallof Rice to name a few. The dedication of those who came back for seconds is a sign of the foods popularity, even surpassing the line at the open bar for those who wanted to pair their food with wine from the South African region.
The main event started off with a toast by a Ghanaian Diplomatic member that segwayed into a demonstration by Dr. Mohamed Ibn, a phd of African studies, who captivated the crowd with his Ghanaian Lore, and explanation of typical artifacts and instruments common in Ghana, some of which were displayed on the stage. For those daring enough to try, the Balafon, a Ghanaian instrument that resembles a xylophone, was available to play and sample some of its unique sounds.
After learning about instruments common in Ghana’s music, attendees were presented an option to use what they just learned. The DJ played music common to the region and the friendly doctor made sure to guide those who were unsure of their newfound skills along the way.