A street scene in Accra, Ghana.

The West African nation of Ghana will be the focus of a year of special programs at Kennesaw State University starting this fall.

Each year since the “Year of…” program began in 2003 the university’s Institute for Global Initiatives has picked a country to feature with special lectures, events and cultural presentations

The Year of Ghana will kick off Aug. 30 with a lecture but will go into full swing Sept. 26 with a durbar, a ceremony that traditionally brings together local chiefs and community leaders, who are carried into the event on umbrella-shaded palanquins to the sound of drumming. The event will feature a food tasting and story-telling.

The university will reach out to organizations associated with the Ghana Council of Georgia, which hosted its own festival in Atlanta on July 7, Dan Paracka, director of education abroad, told GlobalAtlanta.

Topics of lectures throughout the year include Ghanaian names, geography, the history of kente cloth, oral traditions, building a democratic culture in West Africa and many more.

To culminate the Year of Ghana next March, Kennesaw will host the “Year of Ghana Conference and Business Forum.

For 13 years, Kennesaw’s College of Humanities has facilitated a study abroad program with Ghana’s University of Cape Coast.

For a full list of Year of Ghana events, click here.

For more information, contact Mr. Paracka at dparacka@kennesaw.edu or at (770) 423-6732. 

As managing editor of Global Atlanta, Trevor has spent 15+ years reporting on Atlanta’s ties with the world. An avid traveler, he has undertaken trips to 30+ countries to uncover stories on the perils...