The Ghanaian music and cultural festival Afrochella will not be held again after five years, according to its organizers.
In the early hours of Friday morning, the announcement was made at the very end of the two-day festival.
Co-founder Abdul Abdullah told the thousands of people still gathered in Accra’s El-Wak stadium,
“This is the last Afrochella.”
Nonetheless, he gave no reason.
Meanwhile, Coachella, a music festival in California, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the organizers in October 2022.
Mr. Abdullah made the announcement shortly after headlining act Burna Boy had finished performing his hits like ‘Last Last’, ‘Angelina’ and ‘Dangote’ to a sold-out crowd.
Even though there were still thousands of people in the stadium, the fact that this was the final Afrochella went unnoticed by many. However, those who heard the news were not at all pleased. When they announced that Afrochella was over, they were speechless.
A large number of African Americans had traveled from the United States or the United Kingdom to attend Afrochella, a new year’s celebration on their home continent.
“I’m shocked – this is what a lot of us in the diaspora look forward to at the end of the year,” said one African American man.
“There was something special about Afrochella that meant so much to African Americans like me – I think it’s gonna be hard to fill the void that they’ll leave,” said another.
The festival this year was without a doubt a huge success.
Fans were blown away by the extraordinary performances of Stonebwoy, Burna Boy, Asake, Gyakie, and a number of other top acts. Ayra Starr, a Nigerian singer and songwriter, fell on stage while performing her hit song.
She attributed the incident to the organizers.
“Afrochella next time y’all should clean your stage after every artist’s performance, that fall was very unnecessary and painful,” she posted.
“It was amazing, so good to play for my people, making sure that everyone is getting a good time. Everyone has fun,” Jules, a young singer from the Netherlands, told the BBC.
Aerostar, a singer, was pleased with her performance: She stated, “The band did so well, the crowd was amazing, and the energy was amazing.”
Even though Afrochella will end, tourists and visitors alike will still be able to take advantage of a wide range of programs in Ghana’s jam-packed “Detty December” calendar.
As part of their “Beyond Return” initiative, Ghanaian authorities hoped that Afrochella would continue to draw tourists, particularly African diaspora members, to the country.
This is a follow-up to the 2019 “Year of Return,” which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in the United States.