Oh Chale! Kuwala Takes Ghana!
Written by Veronica
Last month, September, I travelled the Gold Coast to be a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding. Lydia and I have known each other for almost 15yrs, so I couldn't say no a wedding invite and an opportunity to go to Ghana. So much happened in those 2 weeks and I'm not sure where to start or end. So, I'm counting down my top 5 Ghana experiences. Enjoy!
5. Indulging in west African food
Did I forget to mention that Lydia is a food blogger in Accra? She was the best person to ask about food, restaurants and street vendors. From fried to boiled, not a day went by where I didn't eat either fried plantains or plantain chips. The most memorable meal I had was waakye, which consists of kelewele, fried fish, wele, fried plantain, boiled eggs, fried chicken and plenty more.
Also, if you're ever in Accra, make sure to eat at Chez Clarisse restaurant which serves up some delicious tilapia and atcheke. #nomnomnom
4. Visiting Boti Falls
The last time I was in Ghana, we visited Elmina castle on the Cape Coast. This time around, we took a day trip to Boti Falls organized by Adventure Junkies. The climb to the top of the Umbrella Rock was no small feat. The uneven and steep rocks were dangerous if you fell and the humidity made the climb exhausting, but it was all worth it in the end. The walk to the Boti waterfalls itself was simple, this was mostly due to the man-made stairs that led to the falls.
3. Shopping in Makola market
For whatever reason, going to shop at Makola, Ghana's largest market, was on the top of my list. It was bustling with vendors selling their unique wares and customers shopping for anything and everything. This was the perfect opportunity to shop for locally produced fabrics (coming soon to Kuwala!).
2. Meeting with designers
I was thrilled to hear that fashion brands that Kuwala already works with, like Poqua Poqu and DedoAzu, were making the bridesmaids dresses for Lydia's traditional and western wedding. I also had the opportunity to connect with fashion brands like Kiki Clothing in Accra mall and Duaba Serwa in Osu, as well as designers associated with the ITC's Ethical Fashion Initiative. Definitely looking forward to seeing where these new connections go.
1. Wedding celebrations
From the moment I landed on the Wednesday morning to the 'western' wedding on the following Tuesday, these 6 days were filled with dress fittings, gift shopping, bachelorette party, bridal shower, dress rehearsal & dinner, traditional engagement and the white wedding. Every major wedding event was compressed into one week since some of the wedding guests were travelling from abroad.
Check out some of the pics below from the lovely wedding week and make sure you watch the epic wedding video!
Congrats to the happy couple!