CANADA @ FRANCOPHONE FUN/FOOD FAIR

Posted on March 28, 2010

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CHARITY AND CHRIS FOR CANADA!

What a great day at the Francophone Fun/Food Fair organized by the Kumasi Alliance Francaise. Hats off to Julien dal Bosco the hardworking director of the Alliance here in Kumasi.

So our Canada Table generated a lot of interest. There wasn’t any tourism promotional material like Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso Promotional Material


That would have been insensitive…it is sooooooooooo hard to get a visa to Canada now. And we didn’t display a picture of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, unlike French West African tables that prominentally featured portraits of their long serving (ugh) leaders or their sons. Pictured here is Ali-Ben Bongo son of the recently deceased Omar Bongo who ruled Gabon for 42 years.

SON OF BONGO OF GABON

What we did have were a couple of activities to promote healthy dialogue on Ghanaian attitudes towards seeking the good life in Canada. There was the question, “Would you like to migrate to Canada?” Predictably there was an almost unanimous YES! Often this response is based on unrealistic expectations on what Canada has to offer. This was revealed in the activity MYTH OR TRUTH. Cards had to be divided into the two categories. For instance, cards read “Ghanaians enjoy the sweet life in Canada” “Ghanaians living in Canada always make regular trips home to Ghana.” “Ghanaians in Canada often have to take low paying jobs that do not reflect their educational qualifications.

DISCUSSION AT CANADA TABLE

But the big hit was the Canadian food,a mixture of our two heritages. There were French Canadian baked beans and poutine and fries, and tourtiere, a.k.a. meat pie along with English bis quits in a chicken sauce. Well, our table was swamped by people. It just seemed like everyone was over at the Canadian pavilion.

CHARITY SERVING UP HER CANADIAN DELICACIES

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