Tema was really the place to be on both Christmas and Boxing day as the AfroXMas Masquerade Carnival took centre stage in the Harbour City of Ghana.
It stands for celebrating Christmas the African way, and having the locals enjoy the festivities with afro culture in colourful styles.
AfroXmas is already the biggest masquerade celebration in Tema, and this year’s 7th edition was a bigger spectacle. The festival’s founders always kept in note that they are giving back to the society by collaborating with local partners to celebrate and promote Ghana’s rich culture.
AfroXmas, according to the organisers, is a showcase of all that Ghana has to offer, as well as a venue for people to join in pride for their African ancestry.
At this year’s event, thousands of colourful masqueraders took to the streets on Christmas Day for the AfroXmas 2021 float from the Bar B Lounge in Community 8 through Community 7 and Community 4 and ended at the Vera Clubhouse.
It was lighted up by 16 groups of Tema’s biggest Fancy clubs with the likes of Unity, Liberty, Sea Stars, Santos, Sky, Bright Angels, Miami, African Boys representing their various communities.
SyPhics Studios in partnership with 4syte TV and with sponsorship from Bel aqua, Bel Beverages, Dano Milk, Hanch Kitchen and Oro Racota Decor with massive support from the Member of Parliament for Tema Central, Hon. Yves Nii Noi Hanson made this event possible.
The second day of the event, on Boxing Day went down at the African Unity Road in Tema Community 2.
It was hosted by two of Tema’s oldest Fancy clubs – Sea Stars & Santos Fancy clubs. Other clubs took turns on stage with their bands to showcase their colourful outfits and dancing skills to spectators and interested groups.
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Thrilled by the performances of the masquerade groups, some of the spectators made satisfactory comments about the event and how it lightened up the African arts and culture. The leading fancy groups in Tema were awarded with Hampers and products from sponsors of AfroXmas for being the oldest yet consistent in the masquerading.
Speaking with us, Mr. Benjamin Swanzy Kwesi, CEO of SyPhics Studios, he expressed his utmost gratitude to the people of Tema.
“I am very much grateful to the people of Tema for their support over the past years, most especially Tema Masqueraders Association and their late founder, Uncle Adams who played a role in the planning of this year’s event before his untimely demise for their tremendous support”.
“Much gratitude to Hon. Nii Noi Hanson (MP for Tema Central) for always looking out for AfroXmas”, he added.
Sponsors also received special praise from Mr. Swanzy:
“To our sponsors, Bel aqua and Bel Beverages, Dano Milk, Hanch Kitchen and Jay Blakk Enterprise we say Gracias”.
He used the opportunity to announce the venue for AfroXmas 2022.
“AfroXmas ’22 will be hosted in Tema Newtown and our theme will focus on the celebration of Tema’ s culture and its traditions”
The masquerade group heads were extremely pleased with the turn up for this year’s event as they shared their joy and promised much better performances for next year.
Source: TheAfricanDream & AfroXmas