For three years, SEANOKKAI has been capturing the essence of the YE YEE YE (Twin) Festival, immersing himself in Jamestown, Accra, a place of deep familial significance. At the heart of the Ga community, this cultural extravaganza celebrates the profound belief that twins are a sacred blessing.
Based in Accra, as part of the larger Homowo festival, the YE YEE YE unfolds with an array of captivating rituals. Families of twins partake in a cleansing bath rite, an embodiment of blessings and prosperity. The ceremony’s elements traverse Jamestown’s streets in a celebratory procession of tradition and excitement before finding their way to the Korle Lagoon to dump the cleansing rights in a symbolic expulsion of negativity.
SEANOKKAI has eloquently documented this festival, capturing the vibrant tapestry of cultural expressions and the rich stories connecting generations, communities, and beliefs, encompassing the beauty of Accra’s Ga heritage.
Sean Okkai, the enigmatic documentary and street photographer, is a fascinating blend of cultures and photographic perspectives. Hailing from Melbourne, he is currently based in the vibrant and bustling city of Accra, where he expertly captures the raw essence of the streets and the subcultures that call it home.
Walking Accra’s streets shaped his photographic philosophy, building upon a desire to challenge preconceived notions and provide a more accurate and nuanced representation of reality in real-time. Using the art of photography, Sean Okkai works to increase visibility, highlight intersectionality, and provide alternative representations of the people and cultures of Ghana.
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