‘I hope to see Girl Going Places (GGP) travel all 54 countries and the diaspora (Latin and South America, Caribbean etc). But more importantly I want people to see the show and want to travel OUR spaces. I want them to see the show and be excited about traveling their “backyards.” I want them to see the show and understand why we should be moved to Explore Our Own.’ Maame Adjei
Maame Adjei, who was born in Ghana, is a ‘multi talented actor, creative artist and producer’. Best known for her role as ‘Zainab’ in the hit TV series ‘An African City’, which she also co-produces, Ms. Ajei is adding content creator and star of Girl Going Places TV to her repertoire.
We were able to catch up with Ms. Adjei and it resulted in this insightful interview.
AC: What is the story behind Girl Going Places?
Ms. Adjei: I moved back home to Ghana and was in a place where I wanted to really find what moved me, what I was passionate about and explore them. I decided to take the year off to explore and find myself. Traveling seemed to be the first step.
I had visited my grandmother’s hometown for the first time a few months before and was in awe of its beauty and intricate cultural history. At the same time, I was so angry with myself that I had never been to that part of the country before. So I embarked on a journey to explore Ghana as much as possible. I found so many beautiful places that I had never heard about prior to my trips and that I knew most of my peers had no idea even existed. I felt that documenting my travels would be important not only for my own personal growth but to help people see Ghana as a dynamic space with intricate stories and spaces.
AC: GGP is focused on internal tourism. Why is it important for Africans to explore what is in their own backyard?
Ms. Adjei: You know the biggest take away from my travels within Ghana is how deeply traveling has affected my sense of self. There is a certain confidence one gets when they know their space and know who they are!
‘There is a certain confidence one gets when they know their space and know who they are!’ – Maame Adjei
I think its critical that Africans and people of the diaspora travel their own space to be able to dispel the narrative of the “dark continent” within their own subconscious and in turn educate and encourage others about the true beauty of the continent. If we do not then someone else will come into OUR space and tell us why we should not love it. We must hold the narrative and we can only do that if we travel and breathe it in.
Africans and people of the diaspora travel their own space to be able to dispel the narrative of the “dark continent… and educate others
AC: Have you always loved to travel or adventure? What has exploring taught you about yourself?
Ms. Adjei: I have always loved exploring new things and gaining new perspective and information. I’m such a Libra in that I believe in balance and you need to have all the information and be able to view things wholly to have balance. That’s what travel gives me. The ability to be aware of the dynamism of culture, of space, of people, of food and be more reflective and understanding of myself and the world around me.
‘…Travel gives me the ability be more reflective and understanding of myself and the world around me.’ Maame Adjei
AC: Tell us about your most memorable adventure?
Ms. Adjei: I think in Season 1 of GGP traveling to Likpe to see the caves was the most memorable trip I had ever been on. My expectations did not match reality at all! I had no idea a hike was involved (Let alone a 2 hour one) but I pushed through, in sandals and all and that feeling of perseverance and seeing a part of my country that was simply breathtaking and riddled with steep history was overwhelming.
AC: There have been many initiatives by various African Tourism Boards to come up with a comprehensive ‘Wonders of Africa’ list. What would be your top 3?
Ms. Adjei: I can only come up with two right now: Mount Kilimanjaro and the Pyramids.
AC: Give us 3 words to describe the TV series to our readers?
Ms. Adjei: I’ll give you a three word phrase – Exploring Our Own.
Thank you Ms. Adjei for your time and the Adventurous Chica Family will be watching! Adventure Awaits!