Paragliders crowd Kwahu and Atibie in Ghana for Easter festival | Travel through

Every Easter weekend, thousands of people from around the world gather in the tranquil Ghanaian towns of Kwahu and Atibie for a paragliding festival and Easter carnival that locals hope will establish the West African nation as a hub for extreme sports. .

This year marked the festival’s return to its annual schedule after the Covid-19 pandemic forced organizers to postpone events for the past two years.

About 400 people signed up for tandem flights with professional pilots, rivaling some of the festival’s most popular years, according to Tourism data. Dozens brought their own equipment to fly alone.

Adrenaline hungry participants strapped on their belts and ran from a ridge atop the second highest mountain in Ghana. As their kites caught wind, pilots and passengers were launched into the sky.

Ghanaian paraglider Jonathan Quaye, 40, first flew in 2006, the festival’s second year, as a passenger on an American paraglider. He has been paragliding ever since.

ALSO READ: Summer season without Russian tourists

Having acquired his tandem certification during the pandemic, he is now the only Ghanaian at the festival certified to take others to the clouds.

“People think it’s not a safe sport, or they have a white-only mentality,” he said after landing. “But all those people who say that were never here.”

Quaye was one of four Ghanaian paragliders to fly solo at this year’s festival, two of whom live outside of Ghana. But the scene is growing, thanks in part to what Quaye said is the sport’s innate quality to promote community.

Stephen Owusu Asamoah, a Ghanaian living in the United States, returned to his hometown of Kwahu – about 150 km (90 miles) north of the capital Accra – with his own kite and equipment earlier this month, looking forward to attending the festival. after learning to fly last year.

“When you see people like you doing what you want to do, it lets you know that you can get into it too,” he said. “I feel like this is going to really motivate a lot of people.”

Follow more stories at Facebook and Twitter

This story was published from a news agency feed with no text modifications. Only the title has changed.

Please follow and like us:
error20
fb-share-icon
Tweet 20
fb-share-icon20

Sharing is caring!

Related Posts

Nora Fatehi serves up a killer airport look in mint green dress worth ₹32k | Fashion trends

Actress Nora Fatehi knows how to make heads turn with her tailoring choices. The star never shy away from experimenting with her looks and always adds her…

Best and Worst Breakfast Choices for People with Diabetes | Health

Breakfast, arguably the most important meal of the day, serves many purposes, from energizing us for the day ahead, to stimulating the brain, to boosting metabolism. Eating…

Deepika Padukone Wins Airport Fashion Crown With Black And Bralette Look | Fashion trends

Actress Deepika Padukone certainly knows how to make a statement with her fashion choices. Whether she’s walking the red carpet or catching a flight from Mumbai, Deepika…

Desert Nutrition: Expert Tips on What to Drink When You’re Traveling | Health

Summer is that time of year when the skin starts to crack due to dryness, the body becomes dehydrated and the need to moisturize the body over…

Today’s Horoscope: Astrological Forecast for April 20, 2022

Daily Horoscope: Are the stars aligned in your favor? Discover the astrological forecast for Aries, Leo, Virgo, Libra and other zodiac signs for April 20, 2022. Please…

30% of Covid patients develop Covid for a long time: US study finds | Health

About 30% of people infected with COVID-19 developed Long COVID, a set of symptoms that persist for months beyond the initial phase of a SARS-CoV-2 infection, according…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial