Deep Dive by Joycelyn Longdon

Ghana Captured by Ebeneza Blanche

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In late 2018, for the first time in a decade, Ebeneza paid Ghana a return visit. “I wanted to connect with my roots again”. Whilst he was out there, he saw a completely different side to Ghana, the country formerly known as the Gold Coast. 20 Ghana, Ebeneza’s latest film project captures the elements of wealth, culture and love on Super 8 and came out of his desire to create something to break the stereotypical images that are presented of Ghana.

After working and gaining experience within the film and music video industry Ebeneza found himself trapped in a routine and inside his comfort zone. His transition to Super 8 pushed his craft and artistry to a place where he could experiment with traditional shooting.

"... people can live the happiest life with less”.

Ebeneza’s films are nostalgic and capture countries, places and people with a romantic essence. 20 Ghana is no exception and the trailer evokes a reminiscence for all, but especially for those who have previously lived in or visited the homeland. Ebeneza’s past encounters with Ghana leak into every shot of the beautiful film. “I went to school in Ghana for a few years. Studying in Ghana broadened my perspective of the culture - the main thing that stood out to me was that people can live the happiest life with less”.

As a member of the diaspora, Ebeneza believes that it’s important to show a true perspective of Africa. “In history, there were many great kings and queens that came before us that originated from Africa. Africa has many great historic moments. I believe this has not been put to light as much in contrast to the amount of charity campaigns I see on commercials of Africa needing support”.

"Africa isn’t just a place of poverty, but a land of opportunities, which is also rich in culture and nature..."

On the Year of Return, Ebeneza is “really glad that people are starting to notice that Africa isn’t just a place of poverty, but a land of opportunities, which is also rich in culture and nature. The year of Return will help create a better economy and help change the perception of Africa”.

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