72 Hours In Ghana With Hanahana Founder Abena Boamah

72 Hours In Ghana With Hanahana Founder Abena Boamah

The most lovely factor about your favourite magnificence product is likely to be the shade within the tube, or its vanity-worthy packaging, and even the best way it makes you’re feeling whenever you put on it. But for Hanahana, the Glossier grant-winning line from founder Abena Boamah, its magnificence comes from care. With roots in Ghana, Boama and her staff supply shea instantly from ladies’s cooperatives there. They make some extent to pay two occasions the asking worth per kilo of uncooked shea, and likewise present assets for healthcare and monetary administration to make sure the sustainability and wellbeing of those communities. It’s an attractive symbiosis so central to Boamah’s mission with Hanahana that she’s truly engaged on a documentary about their behind-the-scenes work much more. In the meantime, she provided to take ITG alongside on her most up-to-date journey to go to the cooperative in Ghana. Spend 72 hours in Boamah’s life, and you may see the methods care informs her relationships with the Katariga neighborhood, her coworkers, and her self. It’s a busy three days forward—able to go?


It’s 6:30AM and I’m waking up in Tamale, Ghana, excited and barely drained from our earlier day within the scorching solar. Tamale is truthfully one of the peaceable locations I’ve visited—it’s fairly rural right here, however we’re going to spend most of our day within the much more rural neighborhood of Katariga. For some context, my Social Impact Team and I are about to host our fifth Biannual Healthcare Day for the Katariga Cooperative and neighborhood. We maintain this activation twice a 12 months by the Hanahana Circle of Care, and it’s one in every of my favorites. This is the primary time I get to share this expertise with Teniola Odunsi, my expensive buddy and Hanahana’s Social Impact Lead, and Nana Ama Kyeremeh, our Customer Service lead.

Teni and I begin lathering on shea butter (Hanahana after all) and Supergoop at 6:45, as we speak by the plan for the day. And by 7:30 we’re leaving for Hotel Katargia, which is about 40 minutes away by automotive. Usually I can get there extra shortly, as a result of after I’m in Tamale I journey round on a bike with Nat Quasion, our Healthcare and Community Coordinator. But at present we’re 5 individuals—we even have an outreach staff of 20 nurses, docs, and a lead nutritionist assembly us there.

Once we get to Katargia we begin establishing the nursing and physician stations. It takes us about 20 minutes to arrange, so we now have a while earlier than the primary training session begins at 9:30. Anyone will get to take part within the healthcare session, after which they obtain a full test up, a health care provider session, and a free pharmacy go to. For this healthcare day, the main target is on diet.

At 1:30 the solar is at full blast and we’re wrapping up the visits. We’ve served over 250 individuals, together with the producers, pickers, farmers, their youngsters, and anybody else within the neighborhood who wished a test up. We end some manufacturing duties for the documentary we’re filming, and as we’re packing to go away, the Katargia Cooperative surprises me with a present of two dwell guinea fowls. It is a big honor, and an expression of gratitude. I used to be shocked and felt a lot love.


Another early morning! We’re flying to Accra on the primary flight. Before our journey I’ve to ensure to get kose and cocoa, my favourite breakfast in Tamale. Kose is comprised of black eye pea batter and the cocoa is like porridge. I additionally put together and freeze the guinea fowl so I can take it on the airplane. It’s a brief flight, and earlier than 9AM we’re in Accra.

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We head again to my condo in (*72*), which is close to the seashore, for a social influence debrief assembly with Nat and Teni. To decompress from the busy four-day journey, Teni and I resolve to have some masks and skincare time. I’m all about self care every single day, particularly taking time for skincare. When I’m in Ghana my skincare is fairly minimal. I often alternate between Hanahana Beauty’s mild Exfoliating Cleanser and Klur’s Gentle Matter cleanser, then use Tower 28 SOS Spray and a hemp oil. But at present we additionally use some unreleased Hanahana skincare merchandise—I can’t say a lot about them but, however they’ll be coming to you quickly!

After our little skincare session, I season the guinea fowl. I like to prepare dinner so I’m gonna give y’all of the seasoning recipe, which you should utilize for any hen or fish dish. It’s simply salt, pepper, contemporary thyme, contemporary rosemary, olive oil, contemporary ginger, suya pepper, and curry powder. Use quantities of every to your liking, combine all of it collectively, after which add chopped up onions, garlic and pineapples. After all of the elements are mixed, pour them onto your hen. Let it marinate for a minimum of a day—you possibly can even freeze it for as much as two weeks and reserve it in your subsequent barbecue. Later that night Teni and I head to Bondai for drinks and dinner. In Accra yow will discover numerous totally different cuisines outdoors of native dishes—Thai, Jamaican, Japanese, Chinese, Lebanese, Italian… Bondai is definitely Japanese Mediterranean fusion. It’s my buddy’s sister’s restaurant so I wished to attempt it out, and it was scrumptious!


We had initially deliberate to move to the seashore early, however the plans modified so I bought in a morning yoga session on our rooftop as an alternative. Pro tip: should you plan to train outdoors in Ghana, I counsel you get up at round 6ish so that you get it executed earlier than the solar comes out. I’m executed inside 45 minutes, but when your exercise is longer you would possibly even need to get up an hour earlier. Around 11AM I’ve a name with our manufacturing staff. We’re working with Cozy Global, a inventive studio run by Mahaneela and Sade Lawson, for a summer season product launch. Part of the marketing campaign is being shot in Ghana. We evaluate what must be prepped for the shoot, then I test in with our producer in Ghana to select up issues that we’d like for tomorrow’s shoot.

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Later that day I’m additionally collaborating within the Every Stylish Girl Sip n Slay occasion, and talking on their panel in regards to the stability between being an entrepreneur and focusing in your psychological well being. Every Stylish Girl is a community that connects Black and brown ladies with alternatives in media, trend, and wonder. Nana Agyemang, Every Stylish Girl’s founder, is at all times styling so I get again residence round 1 to start out prepping. I’ve to get my match collectively! After an hour of showering, doing my hair, and switching outfits I’m lastly prepared. I take just a few pictures outdoors after which hop on for the panel. I log out at 4 and spend a while on the roof. It’s been a busy however rewarding few days in Ghana!

—Abena Boamah

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