Last updated January 17, 2019

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2019 Year of Return!

Panafest Heritage & Emancipation Day Tour

Trip Activities Include: Group welcome & Orientation, W.E.D. DuBois Center, visit slave dungeons at Cape Coast and Elmina, Kumasi Arts & Craft Center, Market Shopping, Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Site, Ashesi University, Community Service, and More!* 

Tentative Ghana Summer Cultural & Educational Experience Itinerary*

Day 1

July 25

Travel from Akron/Canton

Day 2

July 26

Arrive in Accra, Ghana Kotoka International Airport (ACC)

Day 3

July 27

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, W. E. B. DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture, Independence Square, Ashesi University, and Market

Day 4

July 28

Travel to Kumasi, Adanwomasie, Ntunso

Day 5

July 29

Manhyia Palace Museum, National Cultural Center, Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, Kejetia Market, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Day 6

July 30

Travel to Cape Cost, Assin Manso, Ndonkor Nsuo Cape Coast Slave Dungeon - participate in traditional naming ceremony and “The right to return atonement and rituals ceremony

Day 7

July 31

Community Service, Elmina Slave Dungeon, Reverential Night Candle Procession

Day 8

Aug 1

Travel to Accra

Day 9

Aug 2

Travel to back to U.S.A.

Day 10

Aug 3

Arrive in Akron/Canton

*Itinerary may change due to availability, access, and safety. Price: $4,750.00 ($4500.00 if paid in full by April 6, 2019)

What is included?

(1) Round trip airline ticket to Accra Ghana

(2) Six orientation & preparation classes

While in Ghana ...

(3) Food- Breakfast, lunch and dinner, ample bottled water is provided to every participant for the duration of your time

(4) All lodging

(5) Transportation (fully air conditioned vehicle) & Driver for the duration of your tour.

(6) Entrance & excursion fees

(7) Guide fees- All guide fees

(8) 24/7 professional, care, attention and office support

After our return to the U.S. ...

(9) Sankofa Rites Recognition & Return Ceremony

Important Dates (subject to change):

November 10 - Information Session, Canton, OH 2:00 p.m. [CLICK HERE] to see presentation. Use arrows to navigate ( > advance or < go back).

December 1 - Information Session, Kent State University Stark Campus, Main Hall Auditorium North Canton, OH 2:00 p.m. [CLICK HERE] to see presentation. Use arrows to navigate ( > advance or < go back)

January 5 - First Orientation & Preparation Class \ Location: HERCULES Apartments, 1000 Market Avenue S. Canton, Ohio

February 9 - Orientation & Preparation Class \ Location: Maple Valley Library, 1187 Copley Road, Akron, OH 44320 - 3:00p

March 2 - Orientation & Preparation Class
Topic - African Independence & Civil Rights: One Movement (Liberation!)

March 15 - "Last Day" to mail passport application (if needed)

April 6 - Orientation & Preparation, Last day for discount
Topic - Africa & American Perspectives

May 4 - Orientation & Preparation Class, Have valid passport "in-hand", Paid in Full due
Topic - Sankofa: Being Modern & Traditional

May 6 - Request visas

July 6 - Preparation Class - Regional Updates & Current Events

July 25 to August 2 - Ghana Summer Cultural & Educational Experience

August 10 - Sankofa Reception & Ceremony


Kathy Baylock

Katherine L. Baylock is Executive Director and co-founder of WATOES (We Are Troubled On Every Side) Outreach Programs, Inc. She is a graduate of Kent State, and Walsh Universities. Mrs. Baylock has over 30 years experience of advocating for and working with diverse families. She has shared her passion for history and culture by producing community plays and sponsoring trips to Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery, Tuskegee, and Ghana. Mrs. Baylock travels have afforded her the opportunities to engage with numerous historians, civil rights icons and activist. Her travels to Ghana, West Africa brought closure in knowing that her family DNA test results proved their ancestry with the Akan, Fulani, and Songhay tribes.

Lathardus Goggins II, Ed.D.

Dr. Lathardus Goggins II is the CEO of Afrocentric.Info, LLC & Publisher at Saint Rest Publications. Dr. Goggins has authored numerous articles and books, including Bringing the Light Into a New Day: African-centered Rites of Passage; Foundation: African-centered Education; 365 Black: Nuggets of Wisdom for Every Day of the Year; and African Centered Rites of Passage and Education. Dr. Goggins formal studies include degrees in Afro-American Studies, Geography, Cultural Foundations, and Educational Foundations and Leadership. Dr. Goggins is an experienced traveler; having visited all but six states in the United States (all but six states), St. Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands), Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Panama, The Bahamas, The Netherlands, Australia, United Kingdom, Senegal, Benin, Ivory Coast (Cote-d'Ivoire), Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Ghana.

Contact us via email [CLICK HERE].

Payment Information:

Refund Policy

$500.00 non-refundable deposit due January 5, 2019. The remaining balance may refunded upon written request minus 20% service charge. The all refund request must be made before May 6, 2109.  No refunds after May 6, 2019.

Basic information

Population: 28,000,000


Official Language: English

Money: Cedi

Capital: Accra

Ghana is a country located in West Africa. It is bordered by Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. [Click Here] for more information.


EMBASSY OF GHANA - [Visa Application]

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