Weekender: Kweku Fleming, 40-something businessman‘My family aren’t certain about our African heritage, but when I first visited Ghana, I felt at home’
- guardian.co.uk, Friday 10 August 2012 22.59 BSTKweku Fleming: ‘Ghana is booming. So many people from the diaspora are returning.’ Photograph: Emily Stein for the Guardian
I used to be an “imagineer” for Disney – that’s where I met Ade. Imagineers are the people behind the theme parks. It was a unique office – cutting-edge and very secretive. I was looking at how to make rides more accessible, and part of that was travelling to parks all over the US in a wheelchair.
I now live in Ghana. My auntie studied there and sent lots of pictures. I became hooked. My family aren’t certain about our African heritage, but when I first visited Ghana, I felt at home. The way people treat each other and the pattern of life remind me of my old relatives in Macon, Georgia.
I’ve invested in an organic farm. We’re growing moringa – aka the tree of life. It’s considered the most nutrient-rich plant on Earth. It’s already feeding people in Africa; I want to get people eating it in the west.
Ghana is booming. So many people from the diaspora are returning – such as the Ghanaian British couple who run Star Bites cafe in Accra, where I go to watch my favourite singers, Toni “Jazz” Manieson andKojo Osew. Accra is becoming a beautiful melting pot of influences and energy.