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Music & Hippos in Ghana – Ras Badingu blends them perfectly

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Festival Upper West - Poster
Festival Upper West - Poster

Last year Ibrahim Badingu popularly known as Ras Badingu, and enigmatic reggae, afro-pop and high-life prodigy initiated something new to entertainment in the Upper West Region. In a bid to promote his music and that of other musicians, he created a series of events with a tourism drive.  His belief is that, tourism and culture(music) can be infused for maximum economic gain. This novelty which he christened “Festival Upper West” is definitely what will spiral Ras Badingu to the next phase of his creative life as a musician.

Festival Upper West - Poster
Festival Upper West – Poster

This year, Ras Badingu has outlined yet another series of events which will culminate in a musical concert in Wechiau the District Capital of Wa-West. Starting on the 27th of December 2019 with a clean-up exercise in the Wechiau township; Badingu, friends and other musicians would reignite the communal spirit of the people, whilst advocating the need for sustained cleanliness. Later that day, Ras Badingu and some health professionals will speak at a seminar on the dangers of teenage marriage and teenage pregnancies in the district. Revelers would then play a football match against Ras Badingu’s football team.  

28th December 2019, interested guests and patrons of Festival Upper West will embark on an adventurous trip to the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary for a rare opportunity to come close to these beautiful beasts. This visit offers a beautiful ride down the river, amazing sightings of rare bird species with their accompanying chirpings and an overall enthralling feel of nature.

29th December 2019, Ras Badingu and several other musicians would lace-up their music shoes, and treat fans and the general public to a lot of high-energy musical performances, as well as creative stagecraft carefully being rehearsed for the purpose.

Festival Upper West - Poster
Festival Upper West – Poster

The Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary (WCHS) is a unique community-based project, protecting and preserving the wildlife and the environment of a 40km stretch of the Black Volta River in Ghana’s Upper West Region.  The river is home to one of the two remaining hippopotamus populations in Ghana, and was created into a Sanctuary by local chiefs in 1999.  Since then, the project has had marked success in providing Ghanian and International tourists with a unique and unusual eco-travel experience.

Source: ghanahippos

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