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Flowers for Mrs. Abban

Jun 07, 2021 - Lloyd Foster

It’s been a little over 5 years now since I first went to Ghana.
 
Each trip back I uncover more about my family, our heritage, and myself.
 
More recently, I met a relative who was a Pioneer in photography in Ghana, Mrs. Felecia Abban, Ghana’s first female photographer.
 
Through our conversations, I learned about her upbringing in Takoradi, the importance of photography as a profession, her experiences as a photographer to Ghana’s First President Kwame Nkrumah, and a plethora of wisdom which came from our meeting.
 
This was one of the most special people I’ve had the honor to photograph and meet. Our encounter confirmed for me the importance of documenting our stories but, also brought a charge to my own personal journey learning more about where I come from.