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 tradition, ceremony, celebration, and dance ...
.. and elaborate and ornate gold jewelry
... And while all very true, there is so much more to Ghanaian culture.
My Personal Story
By name, I was born Angela. However as with tribal Ashanti tribal tradition, I was given the name "Adwoa" ... Meaning girl child born on a Monday ... Daughter of the Moon Goddess Adwo ... Hence the name of the this media hub and the webstore ; )
Growing up in the U.S 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. Living in one country, while being raised with the values, traditions, and expectation from another. My fellow 1st generation kids can certainly attest to this. However, in my case, my experience has been slightly different. I'm beyond proud of my heritage, so upon meeting me, many soon learn of my cultural makeup. What many rarely find out is my royal family connection as my father is a Ghanaian chief ... Thus making me a princess. Yes, an actual princess! LOL. 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 a 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 ... A country where black faces are inherently never equated with the prestige and elevation of a royal family. Again, it has certainly been an unique experience.
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 tell as, "people in America won't understand." That in mind, I'm so happy that my dad was open and willing to sit for a quick interview, to talk about his role as chief while proudly sharing a bit of our culture with the world. Below is our conversation. I hope you enjoy!
Any comments or questions for my dad or I about our convo, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below! Thanks as always!