The Afro Nation Ghana Festival is coming back this winter for its first edition since 2019.
Founded to unite the diaspora in a celebration of Black joy, the annual travelling festival comes home to a site of cultural significance. This year’s edition is scheduled for Marine Drive, Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, from 29th & 30th December 2022 and will host the biggest names and future stars whilst thousands rediscover their historic connection with Accra and the African continent as a whole.
After two years of pandemic-related cancelations, the announcement comes on the heels of the success of its Puerto Rico—America and Portugal—Europe editions which garnered over 35,000 fans from 134 different countries on the beach over three days of dancing in the sun and celebrating the unifying power of Afrobeats.
According to the organizers, the festivals looks to foster even stronger ties with the continent around the world, re-connecting, educating, and creating, whilst putting on a festival never seen before on this scale. The debut in 2019, at the Laboma Beach, Ghana presented Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Zlatan, Naira Marley, Teni, Becca and more.
Speaking about the landmark event this year and the Afro Nation stage, the festival organisers said…
“We started Afro Nation to give a global platform to the artists that we love. After just 4 shows we have seen over 150 live performances in front of over 100,000 people across 3 different continents, Africa, Europe and America.
Afrobeats is a special genre, not only does it unite the diaspora but it connects nations in a truly unique way. Our commitment to Afrobeats exists beyond Afro Nation festival, in 2020 we launched the world’s first official Afrobeats Chart with the Official Charts Company in the United Kingdom, followed by the Billboard US Afrobeats Songs chart earlier this year in the United States.
To round off what has been an incredible year, in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government and our festival partners in Ghana, Benjamin Ntim & Kojo Annan of Event Blackstar Limited, we have purchased the main stage used at Afro Nation Portugal 2022 and it is currently being shipped to Accra for Afro Nation Ghana 2022. We have initiated a training programme, where a full-stage crew will travel from Europe to Ghana with us and train a local crew on how to build and run the stage. By 2025, this world-class festival stage will be fully operated by the West African team, without any assistance from the UK.
We will continue to support our culture and look forward to seeing many global artists perform on this stage in the near future across the continent. Thank you for your support”