If you weren’t in Ghana for the holidays, you were probably the only one. Melanin of all shades descended on the streets of Accra to close out not only the decade but the country’s ridiculously successful Year of Return initiative. And for everyone who wasn’t there, trust that the FOMO was very real.
From notable names such as Bozama Saint John, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, who co-hosted ESSENCE’s Full Circle Festival, to everyday people, Black travelers were excited to return “home” to Ghana and live their best lives heading into the New Year. On social media, you couldn’t scroll more than a second without catching a glimpse of that red, gold and green as flags flew high at popular events like Afrochella, Afro Nation and Detty Rave, where artists like Davido and Rick Ross performed. Even Tina Knowles, rapper and actor Ludacris and actress Erika Alexander were spotted around town.
Basically, everyone and their mama was in Ghana.
Check out a few of our favorite photos from the epic moment and be inspired to start planning a Ghana adventure of your own.