SOCIAL MEDIA

4.1.16

Village Dispatch : Ghana w/ Solomon Adufah



Ancestral Memory: From what city are you?
Solomon Adufah:I was born and raised in a small village called 
Odumasi in Ghana.

AM: How did your childhood in Ghana influence you, a far as 
becoming an artist?
Solomon:Before we had lights in my village, I used to watch a small black and white TV set powered by my uncle's car battery while trying to draw cartoon characters. I loved art because it was wonderful way for me to express my inner joy. I was always doodling and that was how I developed my artistic skills.  (Also), growing up, I had little resources and art was not a subject that was promoted much in Ghana. Most Ghanaian parents encourage their children to aspire to be Doctors,Engineers or something alongside the business fields. Art or Creative studies are not promoted as much in school curricula, which made it a bit difficult for me but I'm glad that being in the US offered me the opportunity to enhance my skills. 


AM:You returned to Ghana to create art but began teaching as well, how has that 
       experience affected you? 
Solomon:I started my Homeland Series work and paintings 2014 with the vision to empower, promote and celebrate the African Culture through my portrait paintings. I honestly didn't know the magnitude or the impact my work would have in the lives of others. I only wanted to make a difference, educate my audience and spark a dialogue within the culture. It was something I felt necessary for contemporary African Art especially and the welfare of under privileged children in Africa. I wanted to begin this journey from my country of birth, which I was blessed to do twice this year. I journeyed back to Ghana after 13 years of being away. While there, I was able to  use my talent to set up workshops teaching art to kids in local villages. I was further asked to teach English, Math and Science occasionally due to the lack of teachers in those villages. It was an overwhelming experience but I learned a lot from the children and the community in which I lived. Their kind hearts and joyous personalities
 keep me going. When I look into the eyes of those kids, I see myself and the position I was 
once in growing up. I (also) love that the community I served embraced me as one of their own.


AM:Some of your fondest memories...
 Solomon:Life in Ghana was quite simple. As a kid, I played outside a lot with my friends 
making toys out of found objects and helping my family at home with house work after school. At night, I spent more time around family chatting the night 
away. I cherish those moments a lot and especially my 
grandmother who raised me. 

AM:The most finger licking Ghanaian food  is.....? 
Solomon:Well, my favorites are the Ghanaian Jollof, Banku and Fufu. 


AM: On a typical day, what do you find yourself wearing? 
Solomon: Since the climate is hot all year round, I love wearing my Ankara 
shorts with a simple tshirt, nothing out of the ordinary. 

AM: What are the most beautiful places in Ghana?
          Solomon: Wli Water Falls, Cape Coast Castle, Boti Falls, Kakum National Park,
Elmina Castle, Mole National Park and many more. But more importantly, the richness 
in the Ghanaian culture is something Breathtaking. The people and way of living are very peaceful. 


AM: What is your deepest hope for Ghanaian youth?
SA:I hope to see Ghanaian youth rise up and continue their
involvement in promoting the welfare of the Country. I believe 
it is very important for my generation to continue making every effort
towards bridging the gap in the Diaspora. 



Solomon is currently preparing to spend time in Kenya, where he will continue his work of helping to empower African youth through art and education. He has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to do this work and gather much needed school 
and day-to-day supplies for local children.
Your support will be greatly appreciated.
The link for the campaign is gofundme.com/homelandkenya

All Photos used in this post are the property of Solomon Adufah