Bringing People Together – In Cape Coast, Ghana
We, the Suttons hosted a house party on Wednesday evening and about 60 people came and enjoyed themselves. Bizmak and Mary couldn’t believe we knew so many people already. Most of the people invited were able to come, which was great!! Not all of the pictures are of great quality, but the memories are wonderful! We are glad to be able to welcome people to our home and thank them for their hospitality and assistance as we settled into Cape Coast, Ghana.
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Our girls - Janelle breezing past the camera in the kitchen, and Kathleen and Janelle playing card games with other kids.
The picture above does not do justice to these lovely ladies. Ivy, on the left creates beautiful, dress-code-appropriate hairstyles each week for Janelle and Jane, on the right, styles Kathleen's hair from time to time.
Majesty in the photo with me at the above left operates a convenience shop with his mom in the same building as the hairdressers. We get snacks there and order our yogurt and chocolate milk by the case.
We served chicken cooked by Sasakawa House Guest House – where we ate A LOT before we moved to our house. A friend’s house helper makes an awesome jollof (Ghanaian rice with hot peppers and other seasonings and she adds vegetables), so I hired her to make that. I made macaroni salad with some cut up veggies in it. A friend found Pillsbury brownie mix in Accra, so I made five boxes. We had just enough left over for Janelle to take to school to share with her friends. Tom cut up mango and pineapple. A few people found out Tom cut up the fruit, and they were truly shocked. It’s fascinating how just doing your own thing can make for interesting cross cultural conversation. The bottom right corner isn't the most flattering of these two. Hannah is 13, from California, living here for the whole school year with her younger brother, mom and dad, while her dad conducts research for his sabbatical assignment. You may recognize the man on the right of the table - this is Bizmark.
This is Cecilia. She lives nearby and is studying to be a caterer. She makes the best kelewele I've had, so I hired her to cook it during the party. A great hit with all of the guests,
Kelewele is bite sized plantains fried with a mixture of hot peppers, onions, and ginger.
Neighbors and staff members from the guest house where we lived for 2 months.
Julia is a neighbor with a very cool story. Originally from Toronto, Canada with Jamaican roots, Julia studied and practiced law in London, England. She married a handsome, super smart Ghanaian man named Harold. When he got his medical license and PhD, he wanted to return to Ghana to be part of the effort to improve conditions in his homeland. Love takes us many places. Julia is a lecturer helping to create a new law school at UCC. They have a darling 18 month old son named Marcel who attended our party as well.
Julia and I enjoy lunch together once in a while, and she brought the brownie mix for me from a grocery store in Accra.
Tom is posing with the head of the history department, Dr. Kwame Osei Kwartung, and the teaching assistant, Victor Angbah, who helps Tom find classroom space, supervise quizzes, etc
There were kids ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years. Janelle helped some of the younger kids draw pictures. A group of pre-teens and teens plowed through our “Would You Rather” cards and cracked each other up. The favorite dilemma seemed to be “Would you rather have helium boogers or helium poop?” The pictures above include 3 of Janelle's schoolmates and some neighbors.
Travis, at the left, is a professor in California who, like Tom, brought his family to Ghana for his sabbatical. He is based in the economics department and conducts market research on public health and family planning issues. His wife, Heather, is in the background. She is currently home-schooling their 2 children, Hannah (13), and Rockwell (10). Mary is in the center. Mary is the history professor at UCC who came to Baldwin Wallace 3 years ago for her Fulbright Scholarship and started the academic relationship that brought us to Ghana this year.
This is most of Bizmark's family. Okreia, his wife, is smiling at the far right, despite the fact that she is very tired and waiting for her husband to return from dropping another guest. She sold us our fabric for our kabas and slits. At the left is his oldest son, Dennis, who will attend UCC next year. Emanuela is the youngest and Ester is in between them (but sitting next to her mother). Grace could not make it to the party.
The party was from 4-8 pm. The first folks arrived by 4:30 and the last folks left before 9:00. Most people knew at least one other person, and I think everyone was introduced to someone they didn’t know before they came to our house.
Good night from the Mama in Ghana and the rest of the Sutton family.