Made In Ghana-UK Festival was held for the first time in London in the opulent East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf. This marked the addition of a uniquely new event to the UK big-league of events, which includes Ghana Party in the Park, Ghana Music Awards UK, and Miss Ghana UK.
Originally scheduled to include a Trade Show, Durbar of Chiefs, etc., #MIGHUK22 was postponed last summer due to organizers’ inability to secure visas for major Ghanaian companies (exhibitors and sponsors) and Paramount Chiefs from various reputable traditional councils to attend the festival.
According to a source from Made in Ghana Consulting Ltd, the festival’s organizers, “Moving ahead, we’ve had a few discussions with His Excellency Keith McMahon, Deputy British High Commissioner, to resolve visa difficulties that hampered the festival’s wow factor.”
The Fashion Show was organized and handled by the Ghanaian designer residing in the United Kingdom, Tetteh Plahar. Other Ghanaian international designers that presented their indigenous 2023 designs were Joyce Kavanagh of JTAphrique, Kwame Koranteng, Doudou of London, Abrantee, The Gentlemen, and Cut Out by BB, among others.
Jupitar, Flowking Stone, One Tribe, Rudy Sandele, Article Wan, and Frank Nero all gave outstanding performances, supported by the PatchBay band headed by Philip Acquah and Gabby. DJ Kobby and DJ Special D played the finest Ghanaian music throughout the night. Abigail DK, who acts as the communications director of the Made In Ghana-UK Festival, hosted the event.
Made in Ghana-UK Festival was organized by Made in Ghana Consulting Ltd, Pan African Arts Society (PAAS), Base Empire, Showbiz Africa, Laboro GH, EIB Network, with the assistance of UK-based event companies Hunta Production, Akwaaba UK, DJ Skinny, and Orenzo Entertainment. National Lottery Authority (NLA), Loncha Ghana Ltd, Ghana Post, DLA Outdoor (Advertising), African Celebs, TapTap Send, National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), Miss Ghana UK Foundation, Nala, Lemonade Finance, UNAfrik, and Gh-One TV sponsored the initiative.
MIGHUK’22 was organized in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (ECTIB); Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture and Ghana High Commission, UK, with immense support from His Excellency Papa Owusu Ankomah- Ghana High Commissioner to the UK; the Honourable Thomas Mbomba- Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister; Dasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII- Paramount Chief of Abeadze Traditional Area; and Nana Obokese- CEO,
According to Foster Oduro, Director of Made in Ghana Consulting Ltd and Made in Ghana UK, “As organizers, we are putting in place the proper measures and correcting all hiccups encountered during the London edition to ensure that future editions of this special event attract the appropriate number of participants.” He states, “Attracting the right participants to the next event will need at least six (6) months of preparation, efficient
marketing, and engagement of the appropriate providers in the United Kingdom.” The venue, date, and inventive new features for the second edition will be unveiled during the ‘2023 MIGHUK Pre-Event’ to be held in Accra in May 2023. Speaking further on the issue, co-director Verus Nartey alluded to the organizer’s intention to become the preferred resource for Ghana’s famous actors in commerce, culture, arts, and tourism.