My beautiful sister and best friend moved to the States and to the same city as me in fall 2013. Having her around made this year one of the best I have had so far. I am excited for 2015 to be just as amazing as we make an effort to explore more of the city we live in.
I got to spend another year of friendship with some beautiful humans.#loyalhoes
This year was spectacular in terms of the musical acts I had the privilege to see. I saw LadySmith Black Mambazo in February. It was amazing and I was super starstruck when as the icing on the cake, I got to meet them after and have them sign my t-shirt! In April, I saw Kelela at my school's spring fest. She was pretty awesome. In June, I saw Ms. Lauryn Hill! I cannot express the extent to which this brought me joy. It was truly a dream come to true to see, in my opinion, one of the greatest artists of all time perform. Then in Ghana, I was able to see two legendary acts, Wulomei and Agya Koo Nimo, perform. Koo Nimo came to speak to my class and I actually sat and had a chat with him. He imparted some knowledge about keeping fit as one grows older.
Hint: lots of musical stimulation is essential!
I had the privilege of being a resident assistant for a freshman dormitory, an experience that grew me so much as a person. I was able to express my creativity through crafting bulletin boards and planning community events. It also allowed me to get to know so many diverse and beautiful souls. I'll miss the warm light that flowed into my room at dawn and at dusk, accentuating my Tupac poster.
On a more shallow note (lol) think I made some progress in my sartorial development. A few of my favourite looks from this past year. I am excited to be more adventurous and confident with my style choices in the coming year, and brave enough to post more outfits on the blog.
My sister, two friends and I hit the road twice this summer. The first trip took us the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The second took us to Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, where we got to see our friend get married. It was awesome. We saw America's first wonder, Devil's Tower. We stayed in a creepy motel in a town called Deadwood. We saw Mount Rushmore. We sang at the top of our lungs while driving on winding roads lined with evergreen trees.
It was blissful.
I received a grant from my university, and in collaboration with an organization started by my parents at my high school, set in motion the renovation of a school in Ghana's Eastern region called Sakyikrom United Primary School. You can follow the progress of the project on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/816078315070486/?fref=ts. This experience was challenging to say the least. I am so honoured to have worked with this community. They taught me so much! I am excited to continue working with them.
I got to spend the semester at Ashesi University in Ghana. The memories made during this exchange are countless. The friendships formed will be cherished for a long time to come. I will miss the food a whole bunch (especially the plantain chips)! I hope I can go back and visit them soon. Or maybe they may even be able to visit me in Norway or in the US sometime? You never know ....
2014 was a blast! I pray that 2015 will be a year of abundance, travel, learning, love and joy for everyone. Happy New Year! Godt nytt år!