In efforts to bridge the gap with the diaspora and Africa, Prince Anthony Bart-Appiah has become the go-to guy in almost all related matters and projects in that regard.
Nephew to the King of Akwamu in Ghana, and Founder & CEO of TheBridgeZone (TBZ), Prince is the brainchild a Masterclasses for the Ghana creative industry to connect with the African American creative industry in order to develop and enrich skills.
In partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Creative Arts Council, TBZ presents the Masterclass themed; ‘Black Stories Matter: Forging Collaborations for the Development of Ghana’s Creative Industry.’
Over the years, TBZ, in partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority and the Creative Arts Council, has organized one of the most proficient and comprehensive Masterclasses for the Ghana creative industry to connect with the African American creative industry in order to develop and enrich skills.
TBZ is an organization that brings together Africans and those of African descent among the diaspora, in particular African Americans, to bridge the gap that was created hundreds of years ago during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. The goal is to be a change agent and present opportunities that engage, develop and build harmony. Through education, economic advancement and social impact, TBZ seeks to build partnerships that cultivate expertise, lead to cross-cultural collaboration and produce sustainable relationships.
The expectation is to shift the paradigm and transform the flawed perceptions and misconceptions about Africa through various avenues and rebuild the connection. According to Mark Okraku Mantey, President of the Creative Arts Council, Prince Anthony “is the one who gets the resource people for us [Ghana]…he is our agent, our rep to the USA when it comes to looking for artistes and stars in the west.”
Prince Anthony is responsible for bringing many African American celebrities to Ghana and making the connections. He continues to pursue partnerships and collaborations between the USA and Ghana. The ‘Year of Return’ 2019 campaign brought a lot of awareness to Ghana and provided a conduit for those of African descent, from around the world, to experience a spiritual and birth-right journey to Ghana.
‘Beyond the Return’, a 10-year initiative, builds on the success of this milestone campaign and will grow Ghana’s tourism industry, showcase its investment potential, and solidify its global diaspora engagement programs.
This initiative provides a platform full of possibilities. C.E.O. of TheBridgeZone, Prince Anthony Bart Appiah, says, “It is important for Black people to tell their own stories. We want to help bridge the gap in creativity between Ghana and the United States.” As part of this momentum and the desire of African Americans looking to work with Ghanaians, this Masterclass was conceived. It introduces a rare opportunity for Ghanaian and African-American creatives to come together.
The Masterclass will bring together the best in the creative industry. This event will be held on Wednesday, 30th September 2020 at 4pm GMT (12pm EST). It will feature an extensive panel of subject matter experts from the creative industry ranging from film, television, music, art, fashion, animation, gaming and more. This occasion is just the beginning of a series that will provide opportunities for the exchange of information and knowledge and establish a foundation for future collaborations and partnerships.