The story behind the most popular Ghanaian photo (Akwaaba)

“Akwaaba” (Welcome) is one of the first terms or word a foreigner learns when they come to Ghana, and when they are being introduced to the Ghanaian heritage or artifacts that symbolize our culture, there is one image that always stands out. Yes, you guessed right, it’s the image of the beautiful Ghanaian lady, with the inscription “Akwaaba”.

We all know her face, let us now put a name to the face. She is called Angelina Akua Nana Oduro. Over the past two decades, she has become the embodiment of the hospitable nature of Ghanaians, she has been admired by and served as an inspiration to many Ghanaian women, especially models. Simply put, she is a national treasure!

You may be wondering how her picture became so popular and widely used, and where she has been all these years. How did a personal picture that was meant to hang in her hall, end up in the “gallery” of the whole world?

Grab a seat, and follow along as she tells us the story behind the picture.


Kwame Sektor

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