- Photos from the first African festival held in Europe has surfaced online and shows top stars in attendance
- Music icons such as Davido, Buju Banton and Busy Signal were present to provide good music and have fun with others
- Promoters of the event initially estimated to have about 5000 people but attendance shot up to over 20,000 people
Photos have emerged from an African festival held on the beaches of Portimao in Portugal.
YEN.com.gh understands that over 20,000 people met to have fun, and in the words of the promoter, Adesegun Adeosun Jr, to "celebrate love, peace, unity and the beauty of African culture".
The event was couched as a festival to celebrate Africans in the diaspora and had performances from stars from Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Jamaica, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Adeosun Jr, also known as SMADE, revealed that the concept for the event was discussed in May 2018 and was birthed out of a desire to create an unforgettable experience.
Together with his business partner, Obi Asika, they formed a strong team to plan for the event.
Per a bbc.com report, SMADE admits that one of their key challenges was the saturated market for festivals, most of which had failed in their preparatory stages.
However, top stars such as Burna Boy, Davido, Busy Signal and Buju Banton showed up to help create an unforgettable experience.
Black British artistes such as J Hus, Ms Dynamite, Stefflon Don, Octavian, Mostack and Ms Banks showed up as well to make the event memorable.
SMADE disclosed that despite the criticisms and the setbacks, the event came off smoothly and the attendance was over four times that which was earlier estimated.
In other news, a photo of Ghana’s first dentist, Robert Edward Lee, has surfaced online and attracted mixed reactions from a cross-section of Ghanaians.
Lee and his wife are reported to be the first Black dentists in Ghana. In the 1970’s he involved himself in a campaign to refurbish the forts on Ghana’s coasts as monuments.
The plan, YEN.com.gh understands, was to preserve them as monuments of the Atlantic Slave Trade.
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