Today many of us rose early to attend a goat slaughter before breakfast and dress rehearsal. The goat was given to the Dagbe staff as an offering from the NMH students facilitated by This World Music. Our dance and drum teachers Odate, Mensah, Paul, Godsway, Jackson and George were in charge of the slaughter and the ceremony began with a libation pouring.
"Two men lifted the goat by its front legs and back legs, taking small steps towards it with the knife held by another man. The goat howled desperately and hopelessly as he saw the inevitable fate falling on him. The next thing I know was that blood was dripping down from the neck, followed by feeble howls and kicking. After that everything sank into silence."
|Processing the goat so that the kitchen staff can prepare it|
|Baby Destiny watches the dress rehearsal|
"Going to the school felt familiar. The kindergarten class was reciting fun poems while the middle schoolers learned science and French. The kids were struggling to sit still under the watch of the teachers, and when some of the younger ones were finally let out for a break, a whole stream of little kids came running to greet us."
"We walked into this place lightened up by kids’ laughter, and saw those classrooms filled with wooden chairs and desks. There was no air-conditioning, no bright light, but to me it didn’t feel like a harsh place to study. But it gave me a feeling of home. Growing up in a middle class family in a small city is an experience similar to this; I remember before I went to a middle school, my primary school was like this place. We didn’t have fancy computers, no projectors, no air-conditioners and no heat in the winter. However, I don’t doubt that a place like this can be a good place to study. Because I’ve known from my past that, as long as there are passion and will to learn, there will be a way, even if the road is unpaved, the walls are unpainted, people enlighten themselves with knowledge. "
|Trip leader Taylor King is all smiles before the final performance|
|Jude playing Boba, the lead drum part|
"I was very nervous about the performance, especially dancing Tokoe, but as soon as we started to perform the nervousness left and I just trusted in my practice and I had a lot of fun."
Max Alphonso '21 enjoyed the performance:
"Our final performance at Dagbe was really fun and I let my body go full out in it. It was also fun to see the staff at Dagbe doing their really great dances after us."
|Dagbe staff dancing at the final performance|
"I walked into that dance performance not knowing what to expect and only hoping that my legs could last me through at least three variations, but I performed better than I thought. And if it weren't for the rigorous training of our Ghanaian teachers, I would've collapsed much earlier into the twenty minute performance. Aside from that, Odate, Paul, Akos, Atsupui and Rosemary demonstrated spectacular dancing, blowing my socks off with their performance. If there's a reason for my next return to Ghana, it'd be to see it again."
|Emily at the final performance|
|Dabge staff at the final performance|
|NMH in Ghana - Where will YOU go?!|
|Mamatoa presents the feast!|
"The kids in the village were eagerly imitating my dance movements. When they got excited they gestured toward me and told me to imitate them. I could feel the dance genes in their bodies. "
|Stella at the farewell party|
"It was really fun to dance and play with the kids at the party tonight. Rita was teaching everyone her moves and telling me when to dance and when to stop. Even as the music was blasting and people were shouting to try to hear each other, Rita’s little brother, Maxwell, was fast asleep."
|Dillon gets the party started|