Ghanaians have found a home away from home in Australia and built in Queensland a strong and connected community. We are proud to be a genuinely cohesive community that transcends our different ethnicities, languages, regions and political views, and focuses on our collective heritage as Ghanaians and Australians.
Our community is Queensland is around 3000 people. This includes those of us who have chosen to call Australia home; the husbands, wives, partners and friends who have become part of the community; and the second and third generation Australians we are creating.
We come to Australia as migrants, skilled workers and international students.
It’s hard to say exactly when the first Ghanaians came to Queensland. There were small numbers who came in the 60s and 70s, mainly to study. From the 1980s onwards, our numbers increased as migrants and international students started arriving. Most of the community is heavily concentrated in South East Queensland. Small groups live in regional centres, especially Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.
Ghanaians in Queensland come from a successful multicultural and plural society, where English is the national language, most people here have good education and enrich Queensland with the professional skills we bring.
One of the challenges for us, as with many migrant communities, is keeping traditions, language and cultures alive while integrating into Australia. Parents speaking native tongues to children, frequent trips to the homeland and community events where we get to wear our beautiful Kente cloth, eat our homely and delicious food (including the signature Jollof dish) and dance to the distinctive sounds of Ghana music keeps the connections alive. The commitment that many Ghanaian artists and musicians put into traditional crafts to bring our vibrant cultures to Queensland audiences is an invaluable contribution.
We pride ourselves on being an open and inclusive group where a love of Ghana, Ghanaians and our values is all the initiation you need to join us.