The film festival was filled with lots of West African natives mostly from Ghana and Nigeria. It took place in the late evening around 6:30 PM on October 24 at The Shrine of the Black Madonna, a community center in 3rd ward. The setting featured lots of culture, food, art, and great people coming together to watch a documentary and discuss the making, creation, and history of West African garments.

The documentary was filmed in Ghana and brought back a sense of nostalgia for me. I reminisced about the time I had visited the country back in the summer of 2011. It was a study Abroad trip where I stayed in Ghana for over two weeks. I traveled throughout the country to different cities including the country’s capitol Accra, other cites such as Cape Coast and Kumasi. This was definitely a trip I will never forget. It was my first time in Africa but more importantly my first time abroad. I learned so much about the history of slavery, the people, and traditions that still linger amongst the natives. I was able to connect with the people and children in the village, and for the first time ever I felt a since of community, a place where I belong.

Let me know what you think about any of my trips below in the comment box.

Be Inspired,

Shadana Miranda


Hi I’m Shadana Miranda, a fashion expert and creator of the Influential Petite. I’m originally from New Orleans, LA., but I’m currently making my mark in Houston, TX. My goal is to help women look and feel empowered through fashion and beauty. When I’m not creating content, I enjoy outdoor adventures and traveling to different countries to explore other cultures. My favorite country to date is Japan where I fell in love with the Japanese street fashion in Ginza, the shopping district in Tokyo.

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