Download the REVISED EDITION of my Self-help novel now!

I recently finished revising my Self-help novel ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual?’ 

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It now includes information I didn’t know when I wrote the first edition four years ago!

The Revised Edition is available in eboo format on EBAY for just £1.99, and includes my artwork in FULL COLOUR as well as links to listen to my poetry featured in the story FREE!  I guarantee you’ll enjoy the journey!

Any money made from sales of the ebooks will go towards printing the paperbacks (if I haven’t received a publisher’s deal by then!).  The new revised paperback will have the new title and a new cover design!

The original version will remain in PAPERBACK (only) on LULU.COM!

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I’m aiming to secure a publisher’s deal for the Revised paperback Edition, as well as for its SEQUEL, ‘My Body is a Temple‘, which I’m in the process of writing!

Read what others had to say about this sensational book at www.singlespiritualandsexual.com

Order your PDF for only £1.99, which you can download to your computer, kindle app, ipad or other device!

Join me in Grenada for Poetry & Art!

I’ll be in Grenada for 6 months facilitating Poetry and Art Workshops (first two weeks of every month). For more information see my previous post :-)

I’ll be making more videos to share more of this wonderful journey with you; I hope you will join me, either on the book journey, the holiday retreat in Grenada, or both!

Stay blissed!

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Do you feel happy in the summer and SAD in the winter?

I’ve been back from Ghana for 4 months now, and I’m really getting fed up of this English weather – one minute it’s hot and sunny, next minute it’s grey and overcast!

This is enough to make anyone like me feel SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a form of depression brought on by lack of natural sunlight This is because the sun helps the body to produce more of the ‘feel good’ hormone serotonin.  When there’s not enough sunlight, the brain produces less of this hormone, which can lead to symptoms of SAD.  During winter months it gets worse!  The long dark hours causes the pineal gland to produce more of the hormone melatonin, which results in SAD sufferers feeling more sleepy with lower energy levels.  Can you relate?

Most people who go to their doctor with symptoms of SAD are prescribed antidepressants, particularly those from the Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) family, which have been found to be effective in treating SAD.  But the chemicals in these drugs have common side effects which include insomnia, nausea, diarrhoea, and decreased sex drive or performance.  No thanks!!!

Heal Yourself with Colour Therapy and some Sun!

I have teamed up with Camp Grenada Academy to offer you therapeutic Art workshops, where I’ll be helping you create a piece of art to bring back home and hang on your wall.  This will help to relieve any symptoms you have of SAD! I will explain the benefits of Colour Therapy, and help you choose the right colors for your painting.

On my Art Page, I explained how I healed myself from symptoms of SAD by painting bright colorful paintings and hanging them around my home!

I will also be running Poetry Workshops as a form of Self-expression.  At the end of the course, you will be given the opportunity to combine your poetry and art and make a lovely gift for your Self or someone else, just as I have done with my poem/painting ‘Self Love’:

Self Love PoemWhether you consider yourself ‘not good at art’, a novice, or advanced, these workshops are designed to be fun, and whatever you produce will be your own masterpiece! I will be Resident Artist at Camp Grenada Academy from November 2015 to May 2016, where I will be running Workshops during the first two weeks of every month:

CGA flyerYou’re welcome to come for one week or two; if you’re interested in experiencing this holiday of a lifetime, go HERE for details and prices.  Alternatively, send me a message using the Contact Form below!   The course is designed so that there’ll be plenty of time to relax, tour the island, visit nearby islands, or go scuba-diving to visit the underwater sculptures! (optional)vicissitudes-014-jason-decaires-taylor-sculpture The groups will be small (maximum 6 people), to make sure you get individual attention.  Places are filling up quickly, so don’t leave it too late to secure yours (November is FULLY BOOKED). Use the Contact Form below to send me a message if you’re interested – I look forward to you joining me!

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Join me for Poetry & Art on the Isle of Spice!

I will be ‘Artist in Residence’ at Camp Grenada Academy, Victoria, GRENADA between November 2015 and May 2016 to facilitate Poetry and Art Workshops, teaching you the techniques which helped me unblock as a Writer and Artist after 20 years, and develop my poetic and artistic skills!

If you’re looking for an affordable fun holiday with a difference, this could be it!  

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The workshops will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the first two weeks of every month (poetry in the mornings, art in the afternoons) leaving you plenty of time to explore the island, relax and do your own thing!  You are welcome to join us for one week or two, depending on your time and budget – this holiday experience starts at just £650 for two weeks! (flights not included).

‘Positive Poetry’ Workshops

Do you love words, and want to learn how to arrange them in a poetic way?

Are you looking for a way to be able to express your deepest thoughts and feelings?

Do you want to learn how to tap into your own Source within for inspiration?

In my workshops you will learn:

  • How to craft a poem (verbal and written)

  • Using similes and metaphors to describe people, events and scenery

  • Using nouns and pronouns to avoid repetition

  • Exploring the meaning, imagery, tone and language used in each other’s poems

  • Taking your poetry from the page to the stage!

This will involve:

  • Working on different themes together (e.g. the beauty of nature, relationships, conflict resolution, or something related to your own environment/community)

  • Listening to each other’s poems and testing the effect of them; looking at the mood of the poem, words or phrases you find interesting, and whether the poem achieves the desired outcome of the writer (the ideas the poet may have wanted us to think about)

  • Reading your poetry in front of the group (optional) to help you gain confidence as well as enabling you to get feedback from the group so you can fine-tune it

If your written skills are not as strong as your verbal skills,  you will be able to speak so your words are automatically typed!

The poetry you write doesn’t always have to be positive, but it should produce a positive outcome e.g. writing poetry can help you to release negative emotions regarding events which you experienced as being unpleasant; putting it all onto paper will help you get the negative feelings out of your system, producing an over-all positive effect in your mind and body!

At the end of the course you will be given the opportunity to perform your poetry in front of an audience (if you choose to)

(Listen to some of my poems free HERE)

‘Art4Life’ Workshops

“All children are artists.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” ~ Pablo Picasso

When was the last time you allowed your Self to be creative? Using the left side of your brain (logic) more than the right side (creative), can make you feel unbalanced and unfulfilled – even as a child.  The aim of my ‘Art4Life’ Workshops is to help you develop your ‘inner child’ and allow your Self the freedom to create:My Artist Child small

‘My Artist Child’ by Cezanne

In these workshops you will learn:

  • How to calm your mind so you can access your ‘inner child’ and get ‘flashes’ of inspiration
  • How to draw your ideas initially, and explore what they mean.  (Very often the subconscious mind will try to communicate with you using images).
  • Techniques using acrylics and oil paints mixed with other media, and coloured pencils
  • How to use items provided by Mother Nature to create a piece of art (e.g. leaves, sand, tree bark etc.)

I will also teach you about Colour Therapy (how colours can positively affect your mental and emotional wellbeing).  This will help you decide which colours to use in your artwork.  For example, I used to suffer from SAD (a form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, brought on by lack of natural sunlight).  By following my ‘in-tuition’ I painted several bright, colourful paintings.  After placing them around my home, I never felt ‘SAD’ again! We will also use meditation to enhance our creativity :-)

At the end of the workshops you will be given the opportunity to exhibit (and possibly sell) your artwork.

If you attend both workshops you will also have the opportunity to turn your poetry and art into a meaningful gift for your Self or someone else, as I’ve done with my poem and painting ‘Self Love’:

Self Love Poem

View more of my art HERE

The group will be small so that you get proper individual attention from me; there are only 6 places on each holiday, so don’t leave it too late to book!  10% Deposit secures your place with flexible payment plans available.  Download the Course Outline and Prices, and if you like what you see, download the BOOKING FORM, then email me to confirm your place!

Join me for a holiday to remember!

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Workshops and Retreats Coming Up!

After spending four months in Ghana, I made a commitment to my Self to spend every winter in the sun!  Why be in the cold when you can be in the warmth?

The ‘lights out’ situation in Ghana was the main reason I decided not to return next winter; not long after returning to England I got an email from an old friend who subsequently offered me the opportunity to run my Creativity Workshops at his Academy in Grenada, so I’m in the process of putting together Poetry and Art Workshops, as well as Retreats!

The Poetry and Art Workshops will run regularly from November 2015 to May 2016 and will include the Grenadian locals, however if you are planning a holiday abroad, maybe you’ll consider joining me at one of them?  This will be a time for you to release your creative flair and let your Self go!  Do you have trouble expressing your deepest feelings? Have you experienced trauma which you’ve not shared with anyone before?  Use the healing tools of creative writing and art to heal your Self!  Or would you just like to create something really special for a loved one? How about creating a special personalised card with your own artwork and poetry?  I will also be explaining how I used Colour Therapy in my art to heal myself, and showing you how you can do the same.

The Retreats will be held next March (2016), and will be for 10 days each (one mixed, one women only).  The first Retreat is entitled ‘Self Healing through Forgiveness‘ and focuses on using writing as a form of releasing un-forgiveness which can cause all sorts of physical and psychological effects in the body.  Forgiveness is always about YOU, not the other person!  The second Retreat is called ‘Awakening Your Inner Child’  and is for anyone who desires to get creative again.  Perhaps you were very creative as a child, but your job or commitments don’t allow you the time to express your Self creatively?  Join me for a fun and fulfilling 10 days in the sun where we will unleash your inner child! (Read The Story of My Inner Child)

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I’ll tell you more about them in my next blog post, however if you’re interested in joining me for either the Poetry & Art Workshops or a Retreat, message me using the contact form below! (easy monthly payments for the Retreats are available)

 I recorded this video which is one of the poems from my forthcoming CD, let me know what you think!


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In the meantime,

Stay blissed!

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I’m back!

I’m back in London, and seem to have missed all the bad weather (which was the plan!)

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There was nothing better than getting up at 6am, and heading to the beach to watch the sun rise, or watching the sun set in the evening!

My initial idea was to work on the sequel to ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’ but nothing was coming!  As an ‘inspired’ writer, I never try to force it, so rather than beat myself up about it, I just decided to enjoy my time in the sun and top up my melanin as much as possible!  I know that what I experienced on my trip is still sinking into my subconscious and will come out in future writing!

I decided to read both the Self-help books I’d written, as I hadn’t done so since writing them!

I could really see my ego in ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ so I’ve decided to re-write my ‘her story’ and explain the real reason why I never got married!

I drew new cover designs for the Revised paperback versions of both books, and started painting them with Acrylics.  I decided to finish them here with oil paints, as the acrylic was drying too quickly which wasn’t giving me enough time to blend the skin tones!

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The front cover design for ‘How to Get the Ring On…’ was inspired by something one of the brothers said at the first Book Launch; “The ring is the smallest handcuff ever created by the white man”.  At the launch we had a good discussion about whether the ‘white wedding’ was something we should aspire to as Nubian people.  This has also influenced my re-writing of the book. I’m not against marriage, and probably WILL marry at some point, but it won’t be a traditional white wedding!

My sister Jacqui came to Ghana for 10 days the week before I left, which was nice!  We visited Cape Coast Castle, and stayed in some really nice hotels! Up to that point, I’d gotten used to washing with luke warm/cold water, and the ‘lights out’ situation, which could last up to 12 hours; I didn’t realize there were parts of Ghana that didn’t experience ‘lights out’, and that had constant hot running water!

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One thing I realized while in Ghana is that I don’t have to be in the Motherland to tap into my Source, or to ‘channel’ messages from my ancestors.  I did more of that right here in England.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I AM THE SOURCE, and no matter where I am in the world, I can tap into it.

I’m glad I didn’t write the sequel, as I got a nasty virus on my computer from using my USB stick in an internet cafe.  I lost a lot of the work I did revising my novel, and had to spend all this week re-writing it!

The REVISED Edition of ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual?’ is now available to download as a PDF for only £1.99 from www.singlespiritualandsexual.com – have a read and let me know what you think!

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I’m aiming to finish revising ‘How to Get the Ring On..’ and to finish both paintings by the end of this month – and  to get the paperbacks ready for my USA tour!

Wish me luck!

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New Cover Designs for the Revised Editions of my books!

This is my fourth month in Ghana, and I’m only just getting into the writing flow!

I originally came to Ghana to do some research for the sequel to my novel Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!.  It didn’t take long for me to realise that the information I was seeking (around sex rituals) wasn’t to be found here.  I spent the first month chilling on the beach in Kokrobite (after my 10-day tour with The Calabash Hub)

And now the flow is finally here; I only tend to write when the inspiration is flowing!

To be honest, I don’t know where all the time has flown to;  I’ve missed my three suns, but I haven’t missed the cold weather (I heard it’s snowing in London!)

So after 3 months I’m finally getting down to some work; I’ve been locked away for the past week revising my Self-help novel and Self-help book ‘How to Get the Ring On Your Finger’ – I’ve even drawn new cover designs!

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I made a slight change to the cover design  when  I started painting it; I did a chain joining the two rings, which was inspired by something one of the brothers said at the first book launch; “The ring is the smallest handcuff ever created by the white man”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the images on the new cover design for the hardback version of ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual?’ are from the story.  The Adinkra Symbol in the middle is called ‘Sesa Wo Suban’ and is symbolic for ‘Transformation’.  You are invited to join the main character Suzanne on her 11-year transformational quest for ‘the Truth’ about sex before marriage, the creative power of her thoughts, her African ancestry, and the history of the religion she had been indoctrinated into.

I’m aiming to have the revised editions of my books ready for the beginning of my USA tour in May.   The novel will come with its complimentary CD ‘Seeds of Love’ (all 13 poems feature in the story!)

I’m looking forward to my sister joining me later this month in Ghana for a week; not long after that I’ll be returning to the UK for a short visit, before going to the USA – I still have to pick up my Spokenword Billboard award!

I’ve been listening to my audiobook ‘The Power of NOW’ by Eckhart Tolle and reading ‘Only Fear Dies’ by Barry Long (both research for the sequel).  I’m learning to live in the present moment, learning not to project my thoughts into the past or the future, and living in a state of pure bliss, as we are born to live.

Until the next time,

Stay blissed!

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Two interviews in the oil city of Takoradi!

My Tenth Week in Ghana:

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On Sunday I travelled 5 hours to the oil city of Takoradi for an interview with Bob Gee on Melody 91.1fm for his show ‘The Hall of Fame’;  I was surprised at how much research he had done regarding my books, art and poetry – he even read stuff I’d posted on Facebook!  I was able to show why I won ‘International Artist of the Year’ in the Spokenword Billboard Awards by performing two of my poems live in the studio; ‘A Dedicated Writer’ and I Need a MAN! (the shorter, cleaner version!). Bob asked some pertinent questions relating to my family life, education, and what inspires me.

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BOB GEE my fellow poet and Facebook friend Ike Boat (who organised the interview) captured some of the interview on my phone:

 

 

 

photo(3) photo(4)The following morning I was also invited for an interview on Paragon radio 99.9fm with Yao Mawutor Fiano who is himself a member of the Takoradi Poetry Club.  We had fun discussing the art of poetry, and they were surprised to learn that I hadn’t studied how to write poetry!  For me, poetry is something that comes through me, as I channel a lot of my writing.  Ike Boat and another member of staff at Paragon also belong to the Takoradi Poetry Club, and I hope to attend one of their events before I leave!

I performed my poem ‘My Artist Child’ live on air, which explains how I was able to unblock as a writer and artist after 20 years! (19:48 on the YouTube video below). Ike Boat (who accompanied me again)  had the opportunity to perform one of his poems live as well!

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Yao asked me some hard questions about what I thought of Ghana, and whilst I try to stick to the topic of love and relationships in my poetry, I think I got a bit political about the gap between the rich and poor in Ghana.  I’m still processing all the information I’m taking in, so wasn’t able to give him a full anwer!

I went down to the beach and saw the oil rig which Takoradi is famous for; you can just spot it in the background:

photo(7)I’d previously watched a video at my friend’s house in Pokuase about how the wealth from the oil collected goes mostly to foreigners; only 10% goes to Ghana! I’m trying not to get political about the big gap between the rich and poor in Ghana, but I made a little video about my thoughts:

Since making that video I’ve come to the conclusion that everybody creates their own reality; I’m in the process of creating my own version of ‘heaven on earth’, all I can do is inspire others to do the same.  If I focus on what others don’t have, it could affect my own reality, so from now on, I intend to stay focused on my goal!

I was grateful to be put up in a nice hotel overnight, courtesy of Bob Gee and Valley Beach Hotel, and thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Takoradi!

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(Ike Boat and myself in the beautiful garden of Valley Beach Hotel)

This week I’ll also be travelling to Labadi to visit renowned artist Ablade Glover, will fill you in next week!

In the meantime, order your paperback copy of my Self-help novel ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’ from Lulu.com!

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Two months in Ghana already!

I’ve been in Ghana for two months already, where has the time flown to?

I spent the first month in the beautiful beach resort of Kokrobite, after my 10 day tour with The Calabash Hub.  I tried sitting at my computer to write, but nothing came!

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I decided not to beat myself up about it, and enjoyed going to the beach most days, and having fun with the locals!  I even learnt some new painting techniques from a local artist, Dele Sawyerr. He does brilliant portraits, as well as paintings like the one below, and abstract.  He can be contacted on +233 0243312726

deledeles painting(I was just painting the flowers!)

I also attended the African Genius Awards in honour of Kwame Nkrumah, which was a great evening out – I especially enjoyed the performances!

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I’ve performed at two events so far; a natural hair event held at The Dubois Centre, and a poetry event organised by the CRE crew; I featured with Kwaku Sonny held at the Cahaya Lounge; I must say, I was really impressed with the talented poets in Ghana!  I’m still waiting to get more photos/videos of that event, so will add them later!

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It’s Hamatan season here now; much cooler in the mornings, and a lot of dust; also very hazy.  My friend Yeshuah’s wife told me that some men wait until this season to choose a wife, because the weather can make your lips crack; if the woman’s lips crack, they wouldn’t marry them! (I thought that was hilarious!)

This Sunday I’m travelling from Pokuase to Tokadori (like travelling from London to Manchester apparently) for an interview on Melody fm 91.1 with Bob Gee – his show is called ‘The Hall of Fame’.  The show is from 6-7pm GMT, tune in if you can!

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In my next post I’ll be sharing my thoughts and experiences of Ghana….

Stay blissed for now!

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I WON ‘International Artist of the Year’ in the Spokenword Billboard Awards!

GREAT NEWS!

Billboard AwardI would like to thank all who voted for me to WIN ‘International Artist of the Year’ in the Spokenword Billboard Awards 2014 (USA), I couldn’t have won it without you!

The award is still in the USA; I was on a 10-day tour of Ghana with The Calabash Hub when I heard the news!   (read all about it in my previous post!)

Here’s my Acceptance Speech, which I recorded before leaving the UK:

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I‘m currently in Ghana on a 3 month Writer’s Retreat (doing research for the sequel to my novel), before heading to the USA to collect my award, and to perform poems from my two CD’s Seeds of Love and Rise of the Phoenix at as many poetry events as I can!

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Do you like the designs?  I did them my Self!

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My next goal is to win a literary award for my novel Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual! It was nominated for two awards this year: ‘Best Perfect Bound Collection’ in the Spokenword Billboard Awards (it features my artwork and poetry), and I was also nominated ‘Best Author’ in the Beffta Awards!  I’m currently revising it and will be sending it to Literary Agents with a view to getting a publisher’s deal to write the sequel!

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Original Paintings Sale @ Scandals!

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I’ve teamed up with Scandals Bar & Night Club, 82 Norwood High Street, London SE27 9NW, who are holding an Art Sale in my absence from the UK!  These are the last 6 paintings from my original collection ‘Nature’s Art’; I’ve reduced them for a quick sale to raise the funds to print my CD’s, and to send for my 3 suns to join me in Ghana for a holiday before I leave! 

In order from left to right:

Moondance:        £150

Self Love:             £450

Love Bump:         £350 (slightly damaged)

Black Orchid:      £600 o.n.o.

Blue Lotus:           £800 o.n.o.

Black Butterfly:   £800 o.n.o.

The paintings will be sold ‘off the wallin the new café & bar area due to open at Christmas; however if you’d like to get in early, call Nigel (owner) to arrange a viewing; he has also agreed to allow people from my Mailing List to pay in  3-6 month instalments (if necessary!)  You can call him on 0208 761 5200 or 07508 766 146

For more information about the Colour Therapy and Symbolism used in my paintings visit my Art Page!

So all that’s left for me to say is take care for now, and follow your bliss!

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My Tour of Ghana with the Calabash Hub

Just in case you weren’t able to follow my posts on Facebook, here’s a quick run-down of my 10-day tour of Ghana with The Calabash Hub; it was action-packed, so I’m only able to share the highlights:

I missed the flight with the group because I booked my ticket in the name ‘Cezanne’ instead of ‘Carol Ann’ (which is the name on my passport, duh!) and BA refused to change the ticket, so I had to pay nearly £600 to catch another flight with Portugese Air; I travelled overnight and caught up with them in time to start the tour the following morning!

resort photo from my roomI was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful resort we stayed at, owned by a Ghanaian brother by the name ‘Powerful’ (and his investors).  I interviewed him towards the end of the tour; he told me that he started off making drums and teaching drumming workshops in America.  He was able to get some African Americans to invest in land and they built this beautiful seaside resort!  I thoroughly enjoyed being able to wake up to the sound of the waves, and to take a stroll on the beach first thing in the morning!  This is me with Powerful and one of the drums he made; he carved my name ‘Cezanne Poetess’ on it, with ‘Scorpio Queen’ and a brilliant carving of a Scorpion!

me, powerful and drum my drumI’m now learning how to play my drum, and also doing African dance classes!  I’m aiming to be able to play it fluently by 20th December when I’m featuring at an event in Accra! (see my Events Page for details).

 

chief drinking from calabashOn the first day of the tour we visited the village chief Nii Kojo Ababio V and his elders who gave us a warm welcome; they poured libation to our ancestors and prayed a special blessing over us for our safe trip, then we all  had to drink from the calabash! 

me ans sis E outside palaceWe then visited his ‘palace’ where we received another warm welcome from African drummers.  When I told the chief I was staying for a couple of months after the group return to the UK, his secretary gave me his number to call him so I can go and visit them again!  There are a few questions I want to ask him regarding how he got his ‘chief’ status….

On the second day we visited the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park; because of the work he was doing in trying to establish an independent Ghana, he was overthrown and exiled by the Europeans.

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We also visited Kakum National Park where we walked across seven (yes 7!) of those precarious-looking plank and rope bridges, watch the video to cross one of them with me!

 I can now say “I SURVIVED THE WALKWAY!”

Sunday was our free day; I took a bunch of the tour group to meet Naomi who I’d met in Brixton a few months ago; she’s Jamaican but has been living in Ghana for 13 years and was on holiday in England when we met; it turned out that her Guest House ‘Taste of Africa’ was only 10 mins walk from where we were staying! We had a great time with her and husband Neville; and just by chance, I’ve ended up staying with them rather than travelling to Pokuase!

All things work together for the good….  :-)

Spending Time with the Locals

As much as I enjoyed the luxury of the beach resorts we stayed at, I equally enjoyed mixing with the locals; we visited Okurase Village which is supported by Powerful’s business;

We didn’t just do the tourist thing; we learnt African dance, drumming and cooking!

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We donated pencils, paper and arts materials for their school and arts centre, and learnt more about their simple yet hard-working way of life.

me and tree

We also visited the Botanical Gardens in Aburi, stopping off at Rita Marley’s studio on the way; I saw a Moringa Tree for the first time! (I take Moringa leaf powder every day).  I also saw a shea butter tree for the first time (didn’t know shea butter came from trees!) I was actually expecting to see lots of tropical flowers, but the trees were interesting too!

This tree had died and rather than just cut it down, they turned it into a work of art!

 

 

Dungeons NOT Castles!

Elmina and Cape Coast ‘Castles’ had to be the most profound for me; we performed a beautiful ceremony led by ‘Seestah’ IMAHKUS N. Okofu (owner of One Africa Health Resort), where we lit candles, prayed, gave thanks, spoke affirmations and ‘fed’ our ancestors. 

The Door of No Return?

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What bothered me the most was how the European enslavers built CHURCHES directly above the dungeons where our ancestors were held, and how they used RELIGION to justify their barbaric acts.  It baffles me how they are still able to use the same religion to mentally enslave Africans and their descendants today!  Everyhwere I go in Ghana I see images of the white Jesus, our ‘saviour’!  The door has since been renamed ‘The Door of Return’, as we (the descendants of enslaved Africans) are returning to our Motherland!

I was honoured to be given the opportunity to perform my poem ‘Who Am I’? in the female dungeon, which was very apt!

We stayed in 3 beautiful resorts owned by people of colour; if you’re thinking of taking a holiday, you should seriously consider spending your holiday in beautiful Ghana at one of these lovely beach resorts:

 Asaasi Yaa Oceanfront Beach Resort: www.asaasiyaa.com  One Africa Health Resort: www.oneafricaghana.com   Afrikiko Riverfront Resort: www.afrikikoriverfrontresort.com

The tour group have now returned to England, and Neville (Naomi’s husband) has set up my computer (the base was the first thing to go into my suitcase, that shows what a workaholic I am!) Over the next two weeks I’m going to be revising my books (haven’t read them since I wrote them!), and finishing my poem ‘Black Scorpio Woman’!

This is how I imagined my life; travelling the world, staying in beautiful Guest Houses and Hotels, making a living from my creations, and inspiring others to live their dream too!

My next wish is to be able to send for my 3 suns so they can join me wherever I am in the world and share in the adventures!  I’m hoping to be able to send for them in January so they can spend a couple of weeks with me in Ghana before I leave for America (more about that in my next post!)

I feel like I’m finally starting to see the harvest of all the seeds I’ve been planting!

DREAMS DO COME TRUE – FOLLOW YOUR BLISS!

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Cezanne Poetess (Visual & Spoken Word Artist, Author)

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