One goal of the workshop was to share young people’s own stories of growing up transnationally directly with the public, in their own voice. During the workshop, participants completed fun creative-writing exercises about themes like growing up between Ghana and Europe and their dreams for the future. In their stories, we asked participants to reflect on questions such as ‘Are there any family members or friends that come to mind when you think of Ghana?’, ‘Do you ever feel you are from two places at once?’ and ‘What does it mean to be Ghanaian?' While all connected to the theme of Ghana and transnationalism, participants’ final stories covered a wide range of topics, including special memories of loved ones in Ghana and the meaning of home.
During the writing process, our special guest facilitator, Franka Andoh, was on hand to give feedback and encouragement, and participants also shared their stories with each other. Once the stories were ready, participants followed a workshop on ‘performing with the voice’, which helped them record engaging audio versions of their stories. On this page, we proudly present the results of these young people’s hard work.
Click on the story boxes below to read and listen to the stories!
Note: Translations and clarifications by the editors are in square brackets [...] and explanations of terms are included as endnotes. Translations in parentheses (...) are by the authors themselves.