My name is Pam Brown (formerly Morris), from Seattle via Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Mobile, and other cities. I have moved around a lot as an adult, ever since I was 17 years old, but I raised my children in Seattle, where I lived for 17 years straight. Needless to say, traveling is in my blood, and this latest move to the continent of Africa is a big one, even for me!
I decided to move because I had reached a crossroads in my life – a widow, grown children, close to retirement age, loss of part-time job and subsequently loss of apartment – what to do? Where to go? I had returned recently from Maryland, while I cared for my mother-in-law and then lost my husband, so I was at that proverbial fork in the road. Do I stay in Seattle, seek out another (unwanted) position, then get another apartment and start all over again? Or do I follow my dream, one of my lifetime goals, #1 on my bucket list – and move to Africa for at least a year? After careful consideration, I decided to do it!
So that is how I ended up in Africa. And how I ended up in Ghana, and Ejisu specifically, is because of a friendship that developed over several years with a Ghanaian family in Seattle. With their encouragement, along with having the opportunity to interact with this area’s Queen Mothers, I decided that I could take my talents – and my enthusiasm – to Ejisu, Ashanti, Ghana. My goal is to help the community by working with a recently structured foundation, and to also develop my personal relationship with this, my Motherland, by learning more about the language, the people, the culture (including dance and drum), and the community relationships that compose this fabulous land.
And that, my friends, is how I came to be a new African-American in Africa. And it’s good that I didn’t have lots of preconceived notions about what I would find, because I never could have imagined this!
Please enjoy my observations and my experiences as I navigate my way through the world of relocation and being a stranger in a strange land. It’s such fun, and I hope you will be able to feel my enjoyment through my words and through my pictures. Please leave comments, and contact me should you so desire. I look forward to hearing your reactions to my thoughts and photographs.