The people talked about various things including differences between the American culture and the Ghanaian culture. Some of the differences included the way their instruments were created by the musician from things found in nature such as plants and spider webs whereas in America people bought their instruments in a store. They also talked about the different methods of communication. While Americans relied on phones, some people in Ghana used a drum to communicate with the community about celebrations and the arrival of leaders.
Diversity and Liberation
- Diversity: During the equality dance, the Saakumu Dance Troupe went into its diverse crowd and became a part of it. They danced with many people from various types of races and ethnicities and demonstrated that while the people in the diverse crowd might have looked different, they were all the same inside.
- Liberation: The event was actually held near Ghana's independence day, which is March 6. On that day, the people of Ghana were freed from the oppression of the British Empire and accomplished that through civil disobedience and resistance.
The Energy in the Room
The entire event was filled with energetic people dancing and singing to upbeat music. It filled me with joy and made me want to get up and dance along with them. It also made me feel like I was engulfed in the Ghanaian culture and I am glad that they could share a small piece of themselves with the the university.