Exciting News, As Medeama SC Face Off With D.C. United

Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C., as a partnership with the Ghana Tourism Authority, LIQUID SOUL-DC, Events DC, and D.C. United, has an initiative will be held in October 2023. This is the inaugural Ghana Week in DC, scheduled to run from October 9th to 14th, 2023.

This one week celebration vows to exhibit the richness of African culture and cultivate partnerships that rise above borders.

At the core of this this seven day stretch of event is the “Capital City Africa Cup,” which is a memorable football (soccer) friendly match scheduled for 14th October, 2023.

This match will see D.C. United, which is one of Major League Soccer’s (MLS) most decorated clubs, going head to head against the Ghana Premier League champions, Medeama SC.

This event isn’t only about sports; but, it represents the merging of cultures and the deepening of ties between the two nations.

“This momentous occasion not only brings our vibrant Ghanaian culture to the forefront but also strengthens the bonds of friendship and partnership between our two nations.”

She additionally featured the developing collaboration between Ghana and Washington, D.C., particularly in regions like the pharmaceutical industry.

Ghana Week in DC, highlighting the Capital City Africa Cup match, is something beyond a football (soccer) match. Notwithstanding, it is a festival of Africa’s variety and a chance to promote economic growth and participation.

The festival will feature a range of cultural, economic, and sporting events designed to foster collaboration and investment in critical sectors such as health, infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, and digital technology. Besides, businesses and vendors will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services throughout the week of festivities.

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During a recent media event, Ambassador Mahama, alongside key partners, shared insights into the festival’s goals and significance. D.C. United President of Business Operations, Danita Johnson, also emphasized the importance of cultural unification through sports, saying,

“D.C. United being the host of the Capital City Africa Cup is a true representation of bringing cultures together and the unification of soccer.” D.C. United, with its impressive history of domestic and international successes, is uniquely positioned to host such an event.

The club has won the MLS Cup four times, the Supporters’ Shield four times, and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times, making them a powerhouse in U.S. soccer. Events DC President and CEO, Angie M. Gates, underscored the local economic impact of the event, saying, “Hosting the Capital City Africa Cup in the District of Columbia will grow our local economy and bring in over $3.4 million dollars.”

The Medeama Sporting Club, the Ghanaian Premier League champions, will carry their football predominance to the Capital City Africa Cup. This potential chance to have a friendly match in Washington DC, will give them a massive attention in the U.S. market. The seven day stretch of celebrations will also feature Ghanaian businesses who will be at the event to showcase their products and services.

Paxton Baker, Managing Partner of LIQUID SOUL-DC, made a trip to Ghana earlier this year to launch the event and share information in Ghana and why it’s important to him to be part of this event. He recently highlighted the festival’s cultural significance, stating,

“The Capital City Africa Week Festival is set up to be a celebration of African culture.”

He expressed hope that the week of special events would inspire people to explore and learn more about Ghana and the broader African culture.

“There is much anticipation as the festival is quickly approaching,” said Ghana Tourism Authority’s Annabelle McKenzie, who is the Director of its Beyond the Return Secretariate. “I’m looking forward to the week of activities bringing the diaspora together with Ghanaians who will travel to DC for the festivities. This will also be an opportunity for Americans to learn more about Ghana and explore opportunities to plan a future trip to see what we have to offer.”

Ghana Week in DC, will be loaded up with cultural richness, economic collaboration, and unforgettable sporting moments. This initiative exemplifies the power of culture and sports to bring people together and strengthen international bonds.

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Meanwhile, below is the scheduled dates for the week-long celebration of Ghanaian traditions and culture.

Monday, October 9:
Opening Ceremony & Press Conference, Ghanaian Embassy

Ghanaian Art Exhibition Opening Reception, Public Welfare Foundation, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 10:
Ghanaian Art Exhibition, Public Welfare Foundation, 9am – 5pm

Travel & Tour Operators Forum

Wednesday, October 11:
Ghanaian Art Exhibition, Public Welfare Foundation, 9am – 5pm

Ghana Business Forum, Howard University

Thursday, October 12:
Ghanaian Art Exhibition, Public Welfare Foundation, 9am – 5pm

Return Conversations and Ghana Village, Howard University

Friday, October 13:
Ghanaian Art Exhibition, Public Welfare Foundation, 9am – 5pm

Medeama FC Practice Match, RFK Fields

Saturday, October 14:
Africa Cup Soccer Match, DC United vs Medeama FC at Audi Field.

Sunday, October 15:
Faith Based Events

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