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Afropole Soft launch
October, 2017

Afropole Soft Launch

The Soft Launch of the Afropole brand to outdoor the concept and invite people into the organization

The Soft Launch of the Afropole brand to outdoor the concept and invite people into the organization.

One Night Stand
March 2018

One Night Stand

There is no escaping art. It surrounds us: in everything from the fabrics we wear to the labels adorning what we drink.
There is no escaping art. It surrounds us: in everything from the fabrics we wear to the labels adorning what we drink.

Black people have long created and revered art. Yet, from music to visual arts to product design, the gift to create art is one of the least valued in Africa and throughout her diaspora. As a result, our people have rarely successfully built wealth that we could hand down from generation to generation by pursuing our art.

Hidden in a walkthrough maze with new experiences at every turn, One Night Stand will be a uniquely experiential celebration of black art in its many forms.

Attendees will have multidimensional experiences of the art on display and dive into sonic interpretations that bring each piece alive through combinations of sight and sound.

How do we invest in, develop and spread our art across a world that has always been eager to dance to our music or take inspiration from our fashion? How do we invest in sustainable creative industries that serve our own interests? These are the questions One Night Stand hopes to articulate and engage with.

The exhibition will be followed by a in-depth conversation on the experiences of the artwork, the future of Ghana’s creative scene and the way forward in creating generational wealth for our collective benefit.

Purchase your ticket and guarantee yourself a night of immersive experiences.

#OneNightAccra "

We are Wakanda
February, 2018

We are Wakanda

An Open Discussion on a Marvelous Film
These are just a few of the many view points that were raised during the discussion at Afropole’s “We Are Wakanda” Black Panther movie review event, held one evening late February 2018 at Osu’s The Shop Accra. Right there, in the middle of a shop that celebrates all things African, having a rich and rewarding conversation for, with, and by Africans living both on the continent and abroad. The discussion was meant to explore three specific themes brought to the fore in Marvel’s world-renowned ‘Black Panther’ blockbuster which was set in a fictional African nation of Wakanda. These themes were: Representations of Blackness Relationships between people across racial, gender, tribal and diasporan lines Resistance theories debated by black thinkers

The discussion was led by a panel of Ghanaians and Americans from various walks of life sharing their knowledge and experiences related to these film themes.

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Girl Gone Global: How She Builds Black
November 2018

Girl Gone Global: How She Builds Black

Join us for an evening of discussion, networking and celebration of women who have started businesses with the world in mind.

"Many people see the cultural rise of Africa as a trend. They see this rise in its fashion, music, movies, clothing and food, as something that is here today but will be gone tomorrow. However, there are people, businesses and organizations working to ensure that the rise of African and diasporan cultures remains a common occurrence for generations to come. Many of these purveyors of “the culture” are women who are building global businesses to highlight the value in African and diasporans cultures. So, who are these sheros doing the work of building black globally?


Join us for an evening of discussion, networking and celebration of women who have started businesses with the world in mind. They are spreading Afrodisaporan cultural elements, while building internationally competitive brands. Come hear them speak, interact with their brands and meet with business minded people in this city.
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Wax Print Fest
June 14-16, 2019

Wax Print Festival

We believe that this event is an important way of pushing Afrodiasporans and Africans to be nuanced in their conversations about wax print and consider the multiplicity of ways in which, from cotton to textile to dress, we can benefit socially and economically from this industry
Fashion is an important part of our identity as Africans and Afrodiasporans and with the increased interest in everything from head wraps to “Dashikis” to African print e-commerce, there is a very palpable cultural and economic opportunity to assert our identity in a global market. As wax print becomes increasingly popular across the diaspora, people are starting to take a critical look at whether “African prints” are truly African. A question that begets a larger conversation on cultural vs. operational ownership: can we claim that which we do not produce locally?

As an official event during the Year of Return Commemoration, we are excited to host this event to honor not only the Ghanaian cultural tradition but also African American contributions to textiles and fashion around the world, and how, though they are also not producing some of these fashion statements, they are claiming, and indeed beginning to reap, the economic and social benefits of their contributions--- much like Ghana’s burgeoning fashion scene.

The Wax Print Festival will be experiential and will include everything from wax print art exhibitions, to batik and kente weaving exhibitions and experiences, a fashion showcase and, the crowning event, a screening of the Wax Print film followed by an open conversation on its content. We believe that this event is an important way of pushing Afrodiasporans and Africans to be nuanced in their conversations about wax print and consider the multiplicity of ways in which, from cotton to textile to dress, we can benefit socially and economically from this industry. We hope to highlight important historical narratives that cut across both African and African American realities (ie. our relationship with cotton on the continent and in the US, the role of colorful attire as a means of expression and escape, etc.) as well as present iterations of fabric in popular culture and discourse, and future imaginations of what is possible within, and through the industry if wax prints continue to permeate “the culture” over time. We are excited to host this experience in Accra during the Year of Return and welcome all those interested in joining us for this event.

Return to the Reason Fest
Dec. 5- 7, 2019

Return to the Reason Fest

At the end of the Year of the Return, Shermica Farquhar, Sister City Grantee will continue her work to connect Accra and DC via a cultural exchange of ideas, music and movement connecting the Caribbean Carnival to it’s African Diaspora Roots.
At the end of the Year of the Return, Shermica Farquhar, Sister City Grantee will continue her work to connect Accra and DC via a cultural exchange of ideas, music and movement connecting the Caribbean Carnival to it’s African Diaspora Roots. In the first year of reattach, it was unveiled the distinct importance of the evolution of music and storytelling in the development of carnival as we know it today. For the second installation Shermica will be taking a pulse check on the current conversation and movement of the youth engaged with the soul of our music- the drums. The three day festival will start with a conversation and presentation of carnival history and traditional characters, and the second event will be a dance workshop on contemporary soca dance and its mixture and overlap with other genres. The festival will culminate with a flash mob taping/event where all are invited to attend and participate in creating a flash-mob carnival-like immersive dance experience in Accra. Upon return to the US, there will be a series of evening events to learn the same choreography for a flash mob celebration on Aug 8

The Future of Fashion
Jun 7, 2019

The Future of Fashion

Join us as we explore the future of fashion by thinking about the "who" behind our local textiles and clothing and the "how" of building a sustainable fashion industry that is culturally and socially conscious.

African textiles are taking an important place in global conversations on ownership and culture. Given recent controversy with brands like Christian Dior and Vlisco, Africans and Afrodiasporans seek to have greater creative control and economic return from their cultural relics.


African or African inspired textiles have key attributes that reflect African identity, heritage, ancestry and culture, and yet, the most popular textiles are not made by Africans. As such, there is an ongoing conversation about whether wax print is truly African if it is not largely made by Africans? Which leads to a bigger question: Who exactly is making our clothing and does that matter when considering cultural, environmental and economic sustainability?


Join us as we explore the future of fashion by thinking about the "who" behind our local textiles and clothing and the "how" of building a sustainable fashion industry that is culturally and socially conscious.

We the Culture CirqMixer
December 2019

We the Culture CirqMixer

A fun, interactive event to bring together diasporans interested in working, living and/ or building in Ghana to address ideas in an open, fun and casual environment.

A fun, interactive event to bring together diasporans interested in working, living and/ or building in Ghana to address ideas in an open, fun and casual environment. The event will look at the following six areas:
Deciding on Living in Ghana: What You Need to Know
Socializing in Ghana: Love, Friendships and Networks
Social Impact: Making Meaningful Impact
Investing/ Business in Ghana
The Creative Scene
The Logistics: Housing, Jobs, Commerce & More
Navigating Identity & Being ‘In-Between’

Shop Hop
September 2019

Shop Hop

Art by Afropole
September 2019

Art by Afropole

These items were made with local artisans to promote local textile manufacturing, African symbolism and Afrodiasporan/ African cultural relics

Wax Print Fest Brain Storm Brunch
Feb 1, 2020

Wax Print Fest Brain Storm Brunch

Vision Board Party
February 2020

Vision Board Party

Vision boarding party that allows women to gather in a peaceful, supportive space to set intentions for the next year and reflect on the importance of #valueaddition by developing their own unique capabilities