Linda, a Ghanaian cocoa farmer visiting Divine from Kuapa Kokoo is showing us how to celebrate- the Ghanaian way...

Ghana will commemorate its 60th anniversary of its independence from British colonial rule this year. Ghanaians hold the celebration of Independence Day in high esteem and cherish the occasion.

To mark the occasion, Divine Chocolate will be celebrating with a feast of traditional and modern Ghanian cusine with Zoe's Ghana Kitchen and the Guardian in Brixton. This Ghanaian banquet includes a Divine chocolate mousse dessert and the chance to hear from Linda, a cocoa  farmer from Kuapa Kokoo, who will briefly talk about the role of women's empowerment and how her community is planning to celebrate Ghana Independence Day. 

Cocoa farmers are not left out in this celebration since they make Ghana the second largest cocoa producer in the world. The cocoa which farmers work tirelessly to produce and which is enjoyed in chocolate around the world. In rural communities a great durbar is organised and all members in the villages march through the streets. The marchers includes school children in their uniforms and carrying Ghanaian flags. Farmers also carry some of the crops that they produce as they march. Chiefs and leaders in the community grace the occasion with their colourful traditional dress.

In the cities, the annual celebration is characterised by street parties, parades by security personnel and school children at the Independence Square. The president takes the salute and delivers a speech on behalf of the government. There are also live musical stage performances and cultural displays by traditional dance groups to mark the day.

Ghanaian customs and traditions are predominately inclined towards ancient kingdoms of the Akans and Ghana is home to diverse multi-cultural societies. Women wear traditional dresses in traditional cloth like Kente which is hand woven into different patterns.

Ghanaian Independence Day parades

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