ep 1: Kin
"In Ghana, family is everything" says asante as he pulls into his grandparents house in Mampong, Ghana for the first time in 12 years. Watch as asante reconnects with his relatives and interviews them about his choice to pursue music as a profession – something relatively taboo in the Ghanaian community.
EP 2: generations
In Episode 2 of Origins, we meet asante's aunt, Aunt Nana Pokuaa, who had three children during the 12 years that he was gone & is also an English teacher. His great uncle, Andrew Oteng-Amoako, and his wife opened an international school in 1997 – geared to helping future generations of Ghanaians succeed. Watch asante's relatives speak on their perspectives towards the past and present in "Generations".
Ep 3: emergence
"Everyone's journey to success is different" says Ghanaian mobile photographer Prince Gyasi. In episode 3 or ORIGINS, you'll hear from him and other emerging creatives sharing their outlook towards being a creative in Ghana. From Nana Kwasi Wiafe's blossoming career as a stylist/model to Eryadwoa Tutuwaa's motivational gems as she builds her fine art career, it is safe to say that the creative parts of Ghana show no signs of slowing down. Get a glimpse of the Ghanaian creative scene in EMERGENCE.
ep. 4: duality
In episode 4 of ORIGINS, asante & Corey Johnson highlight the fine line that separates outsider views of Africa and the truth about the abundant continent. With testaments from Neil Oku, an investment banker that turned around and left a six-figure job in the US to begin a real estate/construction company in Ghana, and Philip Botchway, a banker in Ghana with motivation to make it to the top, it becomes clear that stigmas towards Africa & it's capabilities for success are being broken down tenfold. Watch more in ORIGINS: Episode 4 — DUALITY.
EP. 5: honor
In the final episode of ORIGINS, we examine the honor that comes with representing Ghana in America & the privilege that comes with being able to pinpoint your heritage to a certain place. asante gets interviewed by Trigmatic on YFM Accra & debuts "run you mad" and "drop money" live. Watch more in ORGINS: Episode 5 – HONOR.