Like most, I like to ease into my week, but this Monday? I'm all excitement! By now you've probably seen my weekly posts highlighting various indigenous global tribes in my Cultural Beauties" series. This week? I am so proud the share with everyone a part of my Ghanaian heritage and tribe that I rarely (if ever) discuss.
When most think of Ghana, they most often associate the country with elaborate kente cloth designs and dope sense of style ... Our love of ceremony, dance and elaborate traditional gold / beaded jewelry. And yet? There is so much more to Ghanaian culture.
My Personal Story
By name, I was born Angela. However, in accordance with Ashanti tribal tradition, I was given the name "Adwoa,” meaning girl child born on a Monday ... Daughter of the Moon Goddess Adwo. It is from my tribe that this media hub and webstore got its name : )
Growing up in the United States as the child of a Ghanaian parent (my maternal side is from the Caribbean) there is always this balancing act of cultures that often occurs. Even today in adulthood. Living in one country, while being raised with the values, traditions, and expectation from another. My fellow 1st generation kids can certainly attest to how complex this can be.
In my case, an additional layer of my identity includes father as a Ghanaian chief ... Thus making me a princess. Yes, an actual princess! In a world where "the royals" immediately conjure up images of the Queen of England and her family .. Where many use "kings / queens" as a general sign of brother/sisterhood within the diaspora ... It is a very unique and special feeling to actually be part of an African royal family.
This is especially the case when in America, the only connection to royalty are the images of "camelot" and John F. Kennedy era Norman Rockwell paintings ... And black faces are inherently never equated with the prestige and elevation of a royal family.
The interview (audio)
As early as I can remember, my dad was certain to make sure that I knew this part of my family history. He was also sure to tell me to be mindful of who I told as, "people in America won't understand." Keeping that in mind, I was so happy that my dad was open and willing to sit for a quick interview. Talking about his role as chief and proudly sharing a unique insight of our culture with the world means so much to me.
Below is our full and open discussion. I hope you enjoy!
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Alright loves, that’s all for now. Until next time … The Journey Continues!