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Sunday, 20 April 2014
Which one of these gentlemen is "from" West Africa? The answer is... both. One in ancestral terms, the other in residential terms, and both in relative cultural terms. The backstory? The Embassy of Colombia in Ghana sought to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries, and arranged a visit to Accra by nine young, Afro-Colombian musicians. The Lincoln Community School (LCS) in Accra jumped in to help. Visiting Colombian student Robert Gongora, at left, thus got a warm Accra welcome from LCS student Jeremy DeVuyst (photo: LCS). For more, read Time for Some Afro-Colombian Youth Diplomacy.

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