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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

World Vegan Tour 2017 - Atlanta, GA is Hot for Vegans!

We are still on the World Vegan Tour 2017. When I travel my first choice in dining has to include the word vegan in the restaurant description. It is very hard to trust chefs that do not understand the requirements of preparing real plant-based meals. Vegetarian and veggie selections in a restaurant that serves animal flesh does not guarantee cross contamination or the use of products that don't look like meat such as butter, animal based oils and animals based seasonings. The selection of vegan restaurants across the USA and the world have increased 10 fold over the last five years.

This summer Dr. Chenu and I spent more than two full weeks in ATL and we were excited to get to some of the new vegan spots we had heard about. Just a decade ago you had only a few choices in vegan foods in in ATL, so when I visited, I found myself just going to the same places and having the same meals that were to my liking. However, on my recent visit, there were more than a dozen choices in VEGAN cuisine from VEGAN grab and go to upscale VEGAN dining with full course meals! I wanted to try them all but just got around to five of them that appealed to me the most.

Let's start with the grab and go first and then work our way up the scale. Sevananda Natural Foods Market held some very nice vegan surprises in their deli section. Sometimes a quick prepared meal is necessary on a busy work day. I enjoyed fresh broccoli salad, raw pizza, kale wraps, and a really delicious sweet potato pie. This is a fabulous improvement in their deli department I even took an egg-less salad to go with a slice of vegan chocolate cake. Oh My Goodness, I had to spell that out because the savory flavor were truly to be remembered!


The few days later we visited one of my favorite parts of town the West End for lunch at the Caribbean Vegan Restaurant Healthful Essence. I understand they have been around for a long time and offer both cooked vegan and raw vegan. Being a real Ghana woman now, I can always appreciate any restaurant that has fresh young sweet jelly coconuts! In addition there raw selection included several salads that were very nice and a raw brownie for dessert. Our take away for later included a curry chickpea, pumpkin, collard greens roti! Oh my Goodness, I had to spell it out because the chef knows her stuff with raw and cooked West Indian foods.


Moving on up the scale, the next day involved a Lyft ride up to Buckhead to a quaint and cute little restaurant call Cafe Sunflower. They had a nice international selection of vegan foods with best wait staff. They had salads, but no raw selections beyond that. So we decided on BuffaloLollipops that offered a nice sugar cane surprise at the end of the dish, we also had the Sesame Vegetable stir fry which was also flavorful and the avocado tacos.WARNING: If you have a sweet tooth, do not go to this restaurant. (smile) They bring out a dessert tray that is totally irresistible, every kind of cake and pie in a vegan's dream is on the plate. We enjoyed some and took some to go.



In my past visits to Atlanta, I ate at the next raw vegan restaurant so much that I could tell you everything on the menu, but I couldn't come to Atlanta without paying the wonderful brothers and sisters over at Lovin' It Live a visit and supporting this great vegan raw foods pioneer. The menu was the same and it was nice to reacquaint our taste buds to fresh, organic cuisine that has always been made to order with love. My favorites include the stuffed avocado, the raw tostados, and taco salad. Still the same friendly faces and the same great taste.

I love upscale vegan restaurants because I like quality service. Atlanta now has a jewel in upscale vegan to brag about. Herban Fix Vegan Kitchen has the right location, the right decor, the right wait staff and the right food. I must tell you we ate here at least 4 times to try the delicious varieties of Asian and fusion vegan raw and cooked cuisine. We also came to the lovely Sunday Brunch Buffet that had many different items than on the regular menu. The prices are also reasonable and in alignment with the service, quality and presentation of the food.

Also to prepare great vegan foods at home try Veggie Delights: Recipes for Holistic and Akwaaba: Dr. Akua's Ghana Vegan Cuisine recipe books. Order your copies at Bojakaz Health Network.

Akua Gray
August 14, 2017
Houston, TX

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Belize Buzz


Belize, Belize, Belize has been an international buzz for a few years. You've heard about it, cheap rent, cheap land, close to the U.S. and an English speaking country. It's all true. I visited Belize for a month this year and learned quite a bit about the country and Central America in general.

Belize in May was the first international trip for my granddaughter. We enjoyed first the natural beauty of the country with the fascinating natural habitat zoo, the pristine waterfalls in the Mayan mountains, and the lush river front swims and of course the big beautiful ocean that seems to follow us everywhere.

Belize is very family friendly, calm, and peaceful. It reminds me of village life in Ghana. The cycle of the days and nights leave you with a sense of timelessness. No rush, just enjoying the fruits of the earth, the natural essence of the sun, and the flow that comes with the simple things in life.

I think the best way to get to know a country on a first visit is to do some tourist things to get to know the history of a place and Belize has at the core of its history the Mayan culture legacy. The pyramids of Central America are still a site to see even in their simplicity compared to Ancient Kemet. The spiritual energy of what took place in these temples, villages, arenas and homes is still prevalent. For the spiritually conscious you will be surprised.

The people of Belize are very welcoming and eager to make sure things go well for you during your stay. We visited several areas including San Ignacio, Bullet Tree Falls, Belmapon, Belize City, and Hopkins Bay. It was very easy to get around, but the private shuttles were way over priced for the service. As far as the most economical transportation, use the local taxis and the long distance buses. Both are great for seeing the country sides. You might even see some familiar faces as there are quite a few ex-patriots who are now calling Belize home.

We also looked at the land possibilities and found that there is a big difference in the lands around the city areas and the rural lands. Most land in the cities are real US dollar city prices, so if you go to Belize looking for inexpensive real estate you will have to move further south to the rural areas where you can still get several acres for a real deal.

If I had to rate my visit to Belize I would give it a 8 on a scale of 10 of places to consider living outside of the USA. It's definitely for those who want quiet country living to relax, grow your own food and just enjoy the beauty of nature. The general population is poor and the country still needs quite a bit of development. Another good thing is that your dollar will go a little further in Belize too. The current exchange rate is 2 BZE:1USD which makes the living easy.

I look forward to going again to continue to explore and relax in a beautiful place just two and a half hours flight from my home town! Yep that's another plus, Belize is close to where you're from.


Akua Gray
August 8, 2017
Houston, TX

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spiritual Healing: The Energy Medicine with the Side Effect of Perfect Health

Spiritual healing is achieved through the force of consciousness. Not the consciousness of the mind, but the consciousness of cellular energy. Energy medicine centers on the ability of the therapist to internalize and be a conduit for the natural flow of ki. To heal the spiritual body is the ultimate factor in perfect health because everything that has a physical presence has come from the spiritual realm. Energy healing comes with the benefit of complete positive effects. It is the breakthrough in healing that so many are trying to find which makes the work of the energy medicine healthcare providers a mission in world healing.

Spiritual healing gets to the core of all ailments, and once this concentrated vibration has access to the internal confines of the body it makes a distinct determination. Is healing the necessary component or is this the point of no return based on the person’s cellular construction that is determined by their physical, mental and emotional health. If there is an equilibrium between the mind (thought/consciousness), emotions (cellular stimulation) and the body (an optimum health lifestyle), then the consciousness that is present in every cell of the body will freely yield to divine energy to share in its perfected state.

Spiritual healing should be the first line of therapy whenever any physical, mental or emotional problem is identified. Because the body flows like a river and is constantly in motion it is the natural flow of energy that will assists with rebuilding the body. This makes the mechanics of therapies like Reiki and Pranic Healing ideal. When the client has been nurtured with meditation, visualization and is at rest, the neurotransmitters have a free-flowing channel to disseminate the current state of mind to every cell. If this state of mind is developed and becomes the norm for the client it will help to maintain the physical health of the body without fail. The physical body represents the health of the spirit.

Inner Causes of Disease
There is so much to deal with in life today, but is it any more than the ancestors had to deal with in the millions of generations past? That question is relative to the thinker and can be answered with both a yes and a no. However, the relativity of the question is irrelevant because those who are seeking to spiritually evolve are also practicing living in the moment. It is the mastering of this living in the moment that is a hindrance to a disease-free body.

The mind can create disease with negativity and self-defeating thoughts. When a person worries about being sick, which most sick people tend to do, it sends out overwhelming signals to the brain that restructures the cellular “thinking” through the energy patterns that are being received. Therefore, the body responds by reproducing the dominant energy vibration that maintains and expands the sickness. Unfortunately, the same works for a person who is trying to remain positive and hopeful in the face of disease, but the people around them are constantly sending out negative thoughts and worries. Their amalgamation of these energy waves can be powerful enough to program the cells for disease expansion. This is too often impulsive behavior, and unless all parties surrounding the diseased person are synchronized in their thoughts of healing, it will be like an energy seesaw in the healing process, up and down, not knowing which way the game will end. Negative thinking confuses the complete energy body.

The emotions can create disease by drowning the cells in the chemical reactions of the hormones. This overwhelming internal contamination causes every part of the body to be saturated with often negative emotion. When a person expresses anger, the liver is most affected by this response, however the heart, the lungs, the pancreas, the stomach, the bones, the joints and the delicate tissues of the brain also become angry. Having any emotion permeate the body for an extended period of time is unquestionably detrimental on a cellular level because cells are energy with matter built around them, they can configure wellness or disease. The body must repair itself after each excessive emotional episode.

The body is the place that divine energy has come to for a material experience in the world.  Unhealthy physical conditions of the body will only become evident when the energy is messed up, the mind is perverted with negativity and the emotions are toxic.

Eliminating the Cause
Naturopathic Reiki has become a preferred therapy in the world of energy medicine to assist those who are ready to make the necessary changes for optimal health. The protocol of every good Reiki healthcare plan is spiritual health evaluation, aura assessment, chakra assessment, breath therapy, meridian therapy, and the application of Reiki therapy techniques relevant to the specified imbalance. The benefits of Reiki are so numerous that it should be one of the first therapies for any ailment. Reiki is a subtle vibration healing therapy that gently promotes balance in body, mind, and spirit.  Reiki restores synergy and relieves stress of every type. Most people at some point in their day to day busyness need the beauty of silence; a Reiki session will calm the mind, expand inner awareness, enhance transformation, and promote positive growth. It harmonizes and optimizes the body/mind processes by unlocking creativity, accelerating spiritual growth, and it encourages positive change in life. The results of therapy can be instantaneous or could require multiple sessions depending on the state of disease progression, which range from mild to fatal.

It is important to realize that disease often takes time to manifest because spirit is constantly “fighting” to maintain balance. Therefore, disease also takes time to be corrected which requires consistency and patience. Over time Reiki can enhance stamina, intuition, meditation, and spiritual evolution. This is not a guarantee that someone will be relieved of any ailment with a single or multiple Reiki sessions, it does however help all medical treatment. 

We are holding free Naturopathic Reiki Community classes all year long in 2017. 
To learn this wellness therapy in a hands on training with Dr. Akua Gray visit www.a-life-of-peace.org/reiki-certification to register for this complimentary community class. (2017 cities include Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Savannah, DC, Chicago, Detroit and NYC)



Dr. Akua Gray
March 19, 2017
Houston, TX

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Free Food for Life

A few years ago I came across a post on Facebook that said. "FOOD IS FREE!" I immediately agreed, Liked the post and checked myself to make sure that living this fact was a part of what I was doing. My family has been gardening for 28 years and we have been able to reduce our food bill to a minimal compared to the average family that spends $200 - $500 per week on the grocery bill. Annually that is more than $10k to $27k. What could you do with at least half of that income if it stayed in your pocket or in your community?

Growing food is one of the easiest things that we can do, but it does require a little of your time to get it growing and a little organization and commitment to keep it growing. As a part of our commitment to effectively change our communities, developing food security is vital. Being able to have alternatives to high grocery bills will lift some of the financial strain on your family. Here are 5 tips that can be taken immediately to move from total dependence on others to feed you and your family or at least reduce your grocery bill.

1. Begin a garden project at home this spring and commit to it for one year. Utilize some back yard space to plant fruit trees or begin a basic raised bed garden with organic seeds from your local nursery or food co-op. If you rent or live in an apartment try growing a vertical garden indoors, a potted plants garden on the patio or a window sill garden. Check out Dherbs articles on the vertical garden. Try it for at least four seasons and count the savings.

2. Become a vegetarian. The majority of the foods you will garden will be fruits and vegetables. Therefore, when your livelihood depends on vegetation, which is the easiest to grow, you and the family will automatically have the staples available right in your back yard.

3. Join a local organic foods co-op. Yes, the reality is that many families do not have the time between working and paying the bills to grow enough food to make a significant savings in the food bill. However, there are local farms and food co-ops in every state and in all major cities that are hard working advocates for providing fresh chemical free foods to those that understand and support the importance of consuming natural foods. Here's a national link for food co-ops in your area.
http://www.coopdirectory.org/directory.htm

4. Commit to eating more fresh foods. REAL FOOD NEEDS NO LABEL. Reduce the number of bags, bottles, cans and boxes you feed yourself and your family out of. Try this simple experiment. The next four times you go grocery shopping separate the fresh produce from the processed packaged non-foods and pay for them separately. After surveying the two receipts for a month compare the difference in how much you spend on fresh produce and the food out of boxes, bottles, cans and bags. You will be amazed that if you doubled the produce you buy, it still will not equal what you pay for in processed foods.

5. Get a health screening from a Naturopath or a Nutritionist. Your body will stay well or break down based on your nutritional intake. We have a built in medicine maker that needs plant based vitamins, minerals and enzymes to help you live out your life's purpose. Take some time to get you and your family checked out for nutrient deficiencies and pH imbalances. Your regular MD does not usually check for these things, that is why I recommend a Naturopath whose first line of recommendation for any imbalance is nutrition. Seeing a Naturopath will bring to the light the types of fresh foods that will be best for you and your family to get healthy. Contact me and I can let you know if there is a Natural Health and Wellness Consultant in your community or to learn more about becoming a certified Naturopath visit www.a-life-of-peace.org or email me at akua@alifeofpeace.org

Food is a natural entity in the world we live in, it was provided by universal energy to sustain life on the entire planet. However, modern society has successfully brainwashed people into think that the only way to adequately feed yourself is through the food industry. Be courageous enough to prove them wrong. FOOD REALLY IS FREE.

If you have topics that have not been brought to the table in this time of change that you know will be beneficial, you are welcome to send me any topics you would like me to discuss. We all have to do our parts and I know you are one of the chosen.

Dr. Akua Gray
February 12, 2017
Takoradi, Ghana

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Juicy! A Healthy Cuchee!

Is your cuchee juicy and healthy? If not, we have to talk. There’s something so sweet about a woman that makes the world stand at attention when she’s present. There is a channel of life that all must travel through in order to become a physical being in this world and only woman possesses it. It is soft, warm, encapsulating, enchanting and deeply internal. It is the vagina! This vessel of life is fabulous in its own right, however if you find that your vagina is not always healthy, there is something that you can do about it. 

As young girls many of us were taught to care for the yoni, the exterior part of the female genitalia surrounding the opening of the vagina, but the care of the interior was not a topic of conversation that many of us had with our mothers, aunties or grand moms. In fact, we were often taught to stay away from that area because of the idiosyncrasies and taboos that have been associated with the knowledge that vaginal awareness can bring. That was the old days, thank goodness times have changed and we are now able to openly and freely talk about this wonderful part of our body that is the channel of life for the world.

Caring for the vagina is really not that difficult she only requires a small amount of your time to show that you care and understand her needs to be healthy. First is keeping her top parts fresh and clean is a sign of love and appreciation for this sacred space. The most vital ingredient for yoni health is water, and not just a splash during shower time but a good soaking relaxing bath that submerges her to cleanse and rejuvenate every crease and crevice that makes up your beautiful cuchee. It is also good to avoid using chemical perfumes and creams that create a concentrated level of toxicity to the blood vessels of the yoni. If the vagina is healthy, those things are not needed.

The vagina is actually a self-cleaning organ so there’s no need to invade her with douches or suppositories that promise “toxic” freshness. These products are actually unhealthy and can cause an imbalance in the good vaginal bacteria that is needed for the sacred work of the vagina in receiving the phallus during times of sacred union with your mate. Since the vagina is an internal organ, it is best to care for the vagina internally and the primary component to internal care is nutrition. Yes, the way to a healthy vagina is through your other set of luscious lips! Here are the top 10 foods and drinks that keep the vagina sweet, healthy and ready for love!

#1 H²O The entire body is 73% water and the vagina functions well when she has enough hydration available to secrete the vaginal fluids needed for sex and cleansing. A dry vagina is not happy so to keep the sensual succulence flowing, drink half your body weight in ounces of natural water per day. 
#2 Pineapple juice is the best citrus juice for the vagina. Not only does it provide a wealth of vitamin C that keeps the vaginal wall elastically firm, but it also provides a sweet fragrance that enhances to the pheromones that are released by the small glands in the vaginal walls at the height of libido every month just before the menstrual cycle. Every woman wants to be sweet oooooo!
#3 Moringa tea is one of the most nutritious herbal drinks for the health of the vagina. It provides a full daily supply of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and enzymes that help to maintain the longevity of the organ. Age does not have to be the end of vaginal health and the enjoyment of sex. A daily dose of moringa improves your quality of life and the quality of your vagina.
#4 Coconut water and plenty of it is filled with sweetness and electrolytes. The vagina needs electrolytes for cellular regeneration. The vagina in its natural cleansing process sheds layers of cells every month and replaces those cells with new ones to keep the vagina firm and functional. In other words, you get a new vagina every month with the right nutrition.
#5 Cocoa in its natural powdered form without additives like the commercial drinks has two profound benefits for the vagina. First it is loaded with antioxidants that stave away harmful cells and second it is an excellent aphrodisiac that increases libido. Have a cup of cocoa daily to increase your chances of pregnancy and maintaining fertility.
#6 Green leaf foods like lettuce, spinach, komtumbre, collard greens and sweet potato greens are rich in chlorophyll which is natural blood builder that enhances circulation and nutritional absorption. Without an adequate amount of green foods daily the vagina can be susceptible to disease.
#7 Okra is a natural lubricating and cleansing food for the vagina and the digestive system. Women often suffer from constipation due to a poor eating lifestyle and stress. Constipation is a nightmare for the vagina because of the location of the rectum and vagina being parallel to each other. When constipation occurs there is physical stress that is put on the vagina from the impacted feces. The vagina does not have adequate room for proper circulation and glandular function. Okra stew or a fresh okra salad every other day does wonders for the bowels and keeps the vagina free flowing.
# 8 Pears/Avocado is a healthy fat filled with omega 3 and omega 6 nutrition as well as multiple vitamins and minerals including potassium, which control the water component of every cell. Avocado also boosts the libido and keeps the fatty layers of the vaginal wall tender and flexible.
#9 Sweet Potatoes are a healthy starch and a great source of vitamin A which provides the foundation of healthy skin in the vagina. Vitamin A also provides nourishment for the female sex hormones which make for a longer sex life as you age. Get your groove back with some sweet potatoes weekly.
#10 Watermelon the best juicy fruit for the vagina! Not only is it hydrating but it is packed with the best nutrients for a healthy vagina! Vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, potassium and protein are all beneficial for vaginal health. So to add a lot of sweetness and nutrition grab a slice of this good stuff for your good stuff!
I also want to include here some things to avoid that destroy the health of the vagina. If these are a part of what you think is healthy for the vagina, I would encourage you to eliminate them as soon as possible.
Processed sugar and sweets such as ice creams, cakes and candy destroy the nerves and the ability of the body to fight off diseases, bacteria, viruses and parasites. You are putting not only your vaginal health but your entire health at risk with eating products with processed white sugar. Use natural sweeteners instead like honey, maple syrup, agave or cane sugar.
Soda and other carbonated drinks have a dehydrating effect on the vagina. The body naturally gets rid of carbon so to add an excessive amount of carbon to the body is like feeding the body poison. Soda’s second highest ingredient is sugar, sugar destroys cells and paralyzes the immune system leaving you susceptible to ailments and immune deficiencies.
Alcohol is another poison that is widely used by women who are not health conscious. Alcohol constricts the blood vessels of not only the brain but also the entire female reproductive system. When alcohol is consumed by a woman the brain treats it as a poison and immediately tries to protect the body from the invasion of toxicity so it constricts the blood vessels as a form of protection to not allow the chemical to damage the two most vital parts of the female anatomy, the brain and reproductive organs. To maintain reproductive health, avoid all alcohol.
Douching dries out and strip away the good fluids from the vagina. If your vagina has a foul odor, visit your health care provider to verify that there is not a disease presence and immediately change your eating lifestyle to include the above foods.
Tampons are a direct invasion of the vagina. There are only two things that are naturally meant to go inside the vagina; a penis and water when you take a bath. So to force a stick of chemical soaked polyester and cotton into the vagina is like an assault and it would be hard for me to believe that any woman finds this pleasant. The artificial ingredients in tampons do more harm than good in the long run on the wear and tearing of the vaginal walls which can cause scar tissue. Wearing natural 100% cotton pads is the best way of staying clean during your period.
Vaginal and uterine birth control devices are also an unhealthy invasion of the vagina. Anything artificial that you or your doctor have to force into the vagina comes with significant health risks. The vagina and uterus are very delicate organs that were put internally by the creator because they were not meant to be touched. Their locations were intended to protect the sacredness of the job that they have to do in birthing. So any device that is implanted or inserted will be treated by the body as a threat and your natural hormones, enzymes and melanin will work against it to relieve the body of the invasion thus the side effects that often show up that cause problems in the reproductive system. It is best to use natural birth control, but that’s another article. Soon come.
The vagina is the superstar of the woman’s body. The work that she does brings pleasure to the world and maintains the existence of humanity on earth. When we as women make a conscious effort to care for ourselves we must also include the care of our beautiful sacred space. I’m wishing you and yours a HAPPY VAGINA!

Affirm with me: “My vagina is sacred and I will eat, drink and care for her health!”
Dr. Akua Gray
January17, 2017
Cape Coast, Ghana
www.drakuagray.com
www.a-life-of-peace.org

Thursday, January 5, 2017

We Have 18 Million People Missing in Our Comminities!



Statistically it has been noted that since the legalization of abortions in 1973 through Roe vs. Wade, more than 56 million abortions have been performed in the United States. Of those 56 million, 18 million have been African-American. This loss of life is a clear indication that Americans do not understand or value soul purpose. Soul purpose is the acknowledgement that all life that is created in the womb has come forth to fulfill a specific purpose in its designated space and time in this physical realm. This simply means that no conception is unintended by the creative energy that wills fertilization and birth. On a spiritual level abortion creates a void in the balance of the universe because it denies those 18 million souls the opportunities to fulfill their intended purpose which is an energy interaction with all the souls that are present in the world at that time. Unfortunately, the majority of our people are not taught about living from a holistic point of view and abortion has become an accepted solution to individual fears, likes, dislikes and dysfunctional sexual behaviors.

Among the present statistics on abortions it has been noted that fifty percent of the women and families who choose abortion do so on a repeated basis and about one-third of all American women have had at least one abortion for the sake of convenience. Teenagers account for twenty percent of all abortions each year; which points to the fact that parents and children must be educated on the responsibilities of their sexual behaviors. Aside from the tremendous amount of work to be done on restructuring this aspect of the African-American social system gone wrong, many women/families are suffering from the guilt of the abortion choice(s) they have made or have been forced to make in the past.

We have 18 million people missing in our communities. 

It's not enough to just know this and continue on with your daily life. It is time to honor the energy of every unborn child and to acknowledge the divine rites of passage of the body and its ability to bring forth human life. Honoring the energy of conception is a way to promote spiritual growth in the African-American community. The ability to conceive is not given to every woman and man. Having this ability is truly an honor and this honor should be protected with responsible choices in sexual behavior. Therefore, the work is to assist families and individuals, especially the youth in developing ways of enlightening themselves with the knowledge of holistic sexuality.

If you hear the spiritual message here then COMMIT TO LIFE by changing and teaching others to honor the responsibility of our sexual relationships and the possibilities that they may bring. All life that comes through the penis and womb has purpose and unless a person is willing to be responsible for nurturing divine life purpose then precautions must be taken to only give and accept the life giving seed when two people are ready for that soul to be a part of the physical world.

Abortion recovery is also a real need in our community. If you are in need of this service in your life, there is a Natural Health and Wellness Consultant in your community available to assist with releasing any mental, emotional or spiritual debris that you may still be harboring from the 18 million people that are missing in our communities. Please visit www.a-life-of-peace.org or email me at akua@alifeofpeace.org to find a naturopathic counselor in your area.

If you have topics that have not been brought to the table in this time of change that you know will be beneficial, you are welcome to send me any topics you would like me to discuss. We all have to do our parts and I know you are one of the chosen.

Dr. Akua Gray
January 5, 2017
Cape Coast, Ghana