Embarking on a journey to Ghana is not just a physical voyage; it's a deep dive into history, culture, and personal identity.

From exploring centuries-old slave dungeons to immersing ourselves into the vibrant tapestry of Ghanaian life, each moment offered a profound opportunity for reflection and understanding.

I kept copious notes about my trip, and here I will touch on the things that I ponder the most since my return:

On February 5th, we confronted the haunting legacy of the transatlantic slave trade by visiting the slave dungeons. These somber structures stand as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit amidst unimaginable suffering. The experience serves as a poignant reminder of the atrocities committed in the pursuit of profit and power.

Ghana is a land of rich linguistic and cultural diversity, with over 50 major languages spoken throughout the country. Its agricultural prowess is renowned globally, underscoring the importance of sustainability and self-sufficiency in a rapidly changing world. The photo of the basket weaver in Bolgatanga was taken by Fran McMullen, who was traveling with us! For me, it interprets and represents the strength of women in rural Ghana - up NORTH.

Religion holds a significant place in Ghanaian society, with Christianity and Islam exerting profound influences. It is believed that Christianity arrived via the seas, while Islam found its roots along the coast and thrives very much so in the north where we spent all of our time. Yet, amidst religious diversity, a sense of belonging and reverence for ancestral heritage unites Ghanaians across faiths.

For many visitors, including myself, Ghana is a journey of ancestral rediscovery. Standing on the shores where our forebears endured unimaginable hardships, we paid homage to their resilient spirits. We heard from our tour guide that Ancestorship is not merely a title but a testament to lives lived with virtue and devotion to God.

The presence of Liberian refugees in Ghana serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by displaced populations. Their stories of resilience and perseverance underscore the importance of compassion and solidarity in a world marred by conflict and displacement.

Personal Reflections take me back to the breathtaking beauty of the Baobab tree to the sharp pang of pain in the Cape Coast Dungeon, each moment left a mark on my soul. Even amidst discomfort and a myriad of learning and relearning, the journey to Ghana is a pilgrimage of the heart that reconnected us to our roots and reaffirmed our shared humanity.

As I reflect on my journey to Ghana, I am reminded of the words of an old proverb: "Knowledge is like a Baobab tree, full of many branches." Each experience, whether painful or profound, adds another branch to the tree of understanding. In bearing witness to Ghana's past and present, we can't help but to "feel some kinda way, " but we travail on....just as our ancestors did, and we make beautiful things in spite of.

Embracing my African heritage, I recognize the deep connection between the African woman and myself. In all its complexity and shared experiences, we are unified as one. 

The women of Bolga! Bolgatanga, where they make the most beautiful baskets by hand, where children learn from watching the elders. Ahhhhh! 


I walked the shea forest and held in my hand a branch containing the precious shea blossom! AND...I almost wept, because WHOOOOOO knew! Nature's Syrup has cracked the code on Shea Butter! 

From the hands of women in Northern Ghana to my hands, and then yours! Every purchase supports them and their families. Purchase today at Naturessyrup.com and support these families, and the education of their children. 


Thank you for being on this journey with us! 

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