Goodbye, Gold Coast: An Audio Journey to the Eve of Ghana’s Independence 

Rose Owusu Asante & Reginald Sinclair played by Adomaa and Tim Banks. Photo credit: Christian Saint

On March 6th, 1957, Ghana gained independence from colonial rule. More than just  the hope of one country, Ghana’s independence represented a monumental moment in  the wave of independence struggles that subsequently engulfed other countries on the  continent. 

This audio drama is set against this backdrop. In this 30-minute captivating drama,  we explore the soundscape of a city at the edge of freedom from colonial rule, depicted  through the lives of Rose (a young teacher played by Ghanaian singer and actress  Adomaa ), and her Reginald (her European lover played by Timothy Banks), as they  face a decision as symbolic to them as the birth of a new nation. 

Adomaa as Rose Owusu Asante; Timothy Banks as Reginald Sinclair 

Historically, Ghana has had a colorful political and social climate. Home to talents  (both local and foreign) of different kinds, our country has been the birthplace of  political, cultural, and artistic movements that have spread far beyond our borders.  However, there isn’t enough work in recent times exploring the pre- and post Independence social and cultural lifestyle of our people. Goodbye, Gold Coast is the  first installment of many projects from the director Joewackle J. Kusi that seek to  change this. 

Kabuki Akiwumi as Emefa Demanya
Chrystal Kwame-Aryee as Narrator

Joewackle’s choice for audio storytelling mimics our traditional inclination to oral  literature. Audio dramas are not mainstream in Ghana, making the artistic choice a  bold one; especially in these times of visual content and short attention spans. 

Joewackle J. Kusi, Writer, Producer, Director
Fui Can-Tamakloe, Co-writer, Associate Producer

 

Goodbye, Gold Coast launches in September with two live listening sessions slated for  the 10th and 21st at Alliance Française. This event is a multi-disciplinary immersive  art experience consisting of a first public listening of the audio drama, music  curation and exhibition of arts that leans towards this historic backdrops, and  themes reminiscent of the time. These astounding artists include; Hanson Akatti,  Awo Tsegah, Midici, Afroscope, Christian Saint, and Kwame Kyei. 

September is the Ghanaian month of remembrance for Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, one of  the principal fighters for independence from colonial rule. It is our plan to bolster this  significant month with the release and promotion of our audio drama. It is our hope  that our work creates an impact felt far beyond the borders of our country. We look  forward to your continued support. 

Find attached more photographs from the behind the scenes of Goodbye, Gold Coast  here.  

About Writer, Director 

Joewackle J. Kusi is an eccentric writer, filmmaker, and audio content creator. His  works straddle gender, lifestyle and culture, cantering uncomfortable yet relevant  social conversations. Joewackle has written several articles that can be found both  online and in print.  

His debut feature film, LUCKY was described by critics as an instant cult classic with  a number of festival laurels and award considerations. Followed that up with BOYS  NO DEY CRY, a short film that explores the complexities of toxic masculinity, mental  health, religion, and family in African homes. He has also worked on short films, web series and TV shows both as a writer and in different capacities on various  productions. 

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