Having grown up with two very cultured Asante parents, Bridgette was always intrigued and eager to learn more about her culture.
Her father made it a point to act as though he didn’t understand English, so any conversations she and her siblings had with him had to be in Twi (their native dialect), or he wouldn’t respond. Although she was not the biggest fan of this back when she was younger, the older she got, the more she realised why this was so important to him. Consequently, it became essential to her as well. She refers to her mother as the Queen of performing arts because there is little she doesn’t know about Ghanaian cultural arts. She performs at weddings, funerals, baby naming ceremonies, etc, either showcasing her adowa skills or standing as an Okyeme (spokesperson) for a family.
The older Bridgette got, the more she learned and loved her culture. However, her uncle Kwame sparked the idea for Ghana Girls Connect Inc. Unfortunately, Bridgette admits to not fully realizing the depth of Ghanaian cultural arts in his life until after he passed a few years ago. He was a gifted saxophone player as well. Bridgette fondly remembers him as being talented, anointed, and purely talented.
His life inspired her during a difficult time of her life. She was then reminded that when you follow God’s purpose for your life by doing what he’s placed in your heart, nothing can bring you down. It prompted her to think about what she was passionate about and called to do. She has always been passionate about helping women like herself, younger or older. Women who go against the grain whether they know it or not. Those who are passionate about creativity and don’t know where to start; those who felt like they couldn’t tell where they fit in; those who’ve been beaten down so bad that getting up seems like the last option; those who are just looking for the right opportunity or sign to follow their heart no matter what.
She recounts while growing up as an African in America is hard, growing up as an African girl in America is just a bit harder. Notwithstanding what growing up as a girl in Ghana entails in itself. Therefore, she created Ghana Girls Connect to become a space for all of us. Despite the trials she has faced, she has seen the fruits of her labor and fervently believes in the process, her people, and how impactful what she and her team are trying to do is/will be.
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