December 5, 2012

MPAGE: The Ultimate African Experience

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Written by: The Maroon Tiger

Since 2009, the Morehouse Pan-African Global Experience (MPAGE) has been bringing Morehouse and Spelman students to Africa each summer. The study abroad program offers fully accredited courses with specific global and African themes led by program directors Dr. Cynthia Hewitt and Dr. Samuel Livingston.

MPAGE’s goal is to immerse college students in the African culture and expose them to sustainable possibilities for the people of Africa and its Diaspora. MPAGE focuses on historic knowledge of plants and nature, modern science and social justice.

The following passage is Kamau Grimes’s ‘12 reflection of MPAGE 2012:

“The MPAGE 2012 program was single-handedly the most well-rounded and amazing experience of my whole life. I always told myself that if I did not study abroad during my undergraduate years that I would sincerely regret it. I thank God and Dr. Cynthia Hewitt that I can live my life with no regrets, and that I was able to embody the principle of Sankofa, returning to one’s roots.

Before MPAGE I had never been outside the east coast, let alone Africa. After living in Ghana for a month, I can now say that I am a global citizen. I sincerely doubt that my experience in Ghana would have been half as complete without the MPAGE program. We were integrated into so many aspects of Ghanaian culture. We went from city to city and from town to town. We connected the dots between pre-colonial Africa to modern day Africa. We went from meeting the queen mothers in the village of Gomoa Darhom to Accra’s number one hip-hop radio station, 107.9 YFM to premier a song we recorded with talented Ghanaian and Nigerian artists.

We went from walking on a canopy bridge at the top of a rainforest to a Gala held by prominent African-Americans living in Ghana. I met Dr. James Small, who was a close friend and colleague of Malcolm X as well as Dahveed Nelson who is the only surviving member of the acclaimed Last Poets. Along with these noteworthy gentlemen, I was also able to meet many other African-Americans who now live in Ghana. This is inspirational, as I believe it us up to Africa’s children to return home and restore her to greatness.

There is even an organization designed for African diasporans to comfortably assimilate to African culture during a visit or a move. All diasporans should visit the African Union Diaspora Africa Forum in Accra located right behind the W.E.B. DuBois house for more information about integrating into Ghanaian culture.

One of the best experiences of MPAGE was the family bonding that came from living with the other MPAGE participants. Many of us did not know one another beforehand, but now we will forever be connected by our once in a lifetime experience. I love all of you:. Roman, Jordan, Kobi, Khadijah, Borley, Brandon, Albert, Robert, Jomo, Emmanuel, Dr. Hewitt, Dr. Livingston, Dr. Rice, and my Ghanaian family Hajj, Abdul, Emmanuel, Ibrahim, Florence, Gifti, little Kofi, Festus and Gabriel. Nyame Nshira Wo.


This summer MPAGE will be returning to Ghana and Burkina Faso, and on a separate trip, to Egypt and Sudan.  If you are interested you can email Dr. Hewitt at chewitt@morehouse.edu. To check out the day-to-day activities of MPAGE 2012 participants visit mpage1867.wordpress.com


Kobi Ansong ‘12
Media Director, MPAGE

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