SANKOFA Tour of Ghana, West Africa: Dometi Pongo & Bishop Lance Davis

Accra, Ghana

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Sankofa US
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Feb 28 - Mar 9, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25
SANKOFA Tour of Ghana, West Africa: Dometi Pongo & Bishop Lance Davis
Accra, Ghana

Sankofa US
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$3497
Deposit: $1500
Feb 28 - Mar 9, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

Ghana, the “Gateway” to West Africa awaits you! The tour begins in Accra where you will visit the W.E.B. DuBois Center for Pan Africanism and Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. Travel east for Elmina to see the where the struggle of the African American began. Experience the dungeons that were designed to steal hope, but inturn celebrate at the Door of Return. Head north, stop to hear the echoes of the ancestors at Assin Manso (the River of the Last Bath; for those captured by the slave trappers). Visit the villages of the Ashanti region, known for Kente cloth and gold. Round the tour out with a farewell ceremony like no other back in Accra, visit the beaches and return to the USA with a new perspective on life! 

SANKOFA Tour of Ghana 🇬🇭

The Sankofa Tour is more than just a trip or vacation, it is fun in the sun, mixed with history, culture and conversations that will provoke a fresh new light on the world, your community and yourself. Bishop Lance Davis, the executive Director of BOOC and Pastor of New Zion Covenant Church in Dolton, IL, has organized Sankofa Tours of Ghana, West Africa for 15 years. Dometi Pongo, an up and coming journalist and media professional in Chicago, also had the vision to Sankofa and has organized trip for the the past 3 years. Now, these two have joined together to bring this unique experience to travelers of West Africa on a SANKOFA journey!

What is SANKOFA

Sankofa is the ancient Adinkra Symbol of a bird flying forward, yet looking back with a fruit in its mouth. We call this trip the Sankofa Tour because as we make forward progression in our lives, it is important that we look back to the place that connects us to the root of our being; all while bringing something to the table and leaving with something of value - good fruit. 

visit www.Dometi.net/Ghana or www.SankofaUS.com

Bishop Lance Davis Bio

  

Bishop Lance L. Davis received a call to Christian Ministry in 1991. He served faithfully under the leadership of Rev. Craig Melvin Smith at Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago and then under Bishop Henry M. Williamson at Carter Temple C.M.E. Church in Chicago. In 1994 he was assigned by Bishop Doty I. Isom to serve as pastor of the J. Claude Allen C.M.E. Church (JCA) in Dixmoor, Illinois. Bishop Davis began his pastorate with a small congregation of 45 active members and an annual operating budget of $35,000. God, however, had greater plans for JCA. During Bishop Davis’ tenure, the membership grew to approximately 1,000 with an annual operating budget of half a million dollars. Bishop Davis’ unwavering love and commitment to God, coupled with his business acumen, allowed the ministry of JCA to reach unimaginable horizons. 

Bishop Davis launched an exemplary One Church One School program in the South Suburbs, starting at Rosa Parks Middle School in Dixmoor. His strong community focus led to the development of Boys to Men Breakfast Ministry and the Essence Ministry for Girls; which were ways for men and women to provide much needed guidance to the youth residing in the South Suburban communities. Bishop Davis also instituted a Rites of Passage summer program teaching youth the importance of living a life of integrity and Christian character as they transitioned into adulthood. 

In 2003, Bishop Lance Davis established New Zion Christian Fellowship, now New Zion Covenant, in Dolton, Illinois. New Zion has served the Southern Cook County community for over a decade with a strong emphasis on the disciplines of worship, fellowship, discipleship, service and the mission of evangelism in the Body of Christ. Bishop Davis has mentored several pastors and ministry leaders and assisted with the establishment of many churches. In addition to these ministries, Bishop Davis is the founder and Executive Director of Building Our Own Community (BOOC), Inc. which is established in the United States and in Ghana, West Africa. Bishop Davis also established Sankofa Ventures Management, Inc., an international company operating in Ghana, West Africa to create job opportunities for men and women locally and abroad. 

Bishop Davis is ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) and is a commissioned member of the Compassion, Mercy & Justice Ministry of the Central Conference of the ECC. His Pauline anointing allows him to work inside and outside of his ministerial calling. He is the cofounder of the African American Clergy Coalition and a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. His office walls are covered with various awards and plaques attesting to his tireless, extensive work in the local and global community. His more recent honors are from great organizations such as the Chicago Defender’s Pastors Solute, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the American Heart Association, and the Evangelical Covenant Church. He also was recognized as one of the Most Influential Black Pastors by Chicago’s Voice. Bishop Davis is married to the lovely Dr. Kara Davis and they have four beautiful children: Grace, Andrew, Lance Nathaniel and Natalie.

Dometi Pongo Bio

  

Dometi Pongo has used his voice to give voice to others and issues, while emphasizing the power that every person has to affect change. From media relations and the power of radio, to the vital importance of open dialogue between those with varying beliefs, Pongo has become one of Chicago’s most influential media personalities.

Pongo is a highly sought-after speaker, host, panelist and thought leader on a vast range of issues impacting society including tech, racism, equality, finance and education. From the Chicago Urban League’s CULture, Race & Equity; A Seat at the Table podcast series; to Donda’s House Redefine Possible initiative; along with projects for the Creative Tech Expo, AARP Illinois, and the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, Pongo’s ability to engender trust and uncover the truth while encouraging others to express their feelings and passions, has made him a leader in his field.

Pongo’s 2015 radio feature, which chronicled the coverage of the Laquan McDonald shooting, received finalist recognition from the National Association of Black Journalists’ ‘Salute to Excellence Award for Best Radio Feature.’ In 2018, he became the inaugural recipient of the ‘Excellence in Media Black History Award’ from Northeastern Illinois University. Pongo’s work as a moderator and analyst has been covered in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, the Huffington Post, The Chicago Defender, and other local neighborhood and community publications. His focused perspective on local and national issues has resulted in several appearances on WYCC PBS’ In The Loop as a contributor on subjects like tax reform, political reform and the impact of activist movements in Chicago and other cities experiencing discord due to violence.

Dometi Pongo is a news anchor and reporter for Chicago’s WGN Radio 720AM. Prior to joining WGN, he served as news director for the legendary urban talk radio station, WVON 1690AM where he also wrote and produced radio features spurring thoughtful dialogue on social, political and economic issues relevant to under-served communities. Born in Chicago to West African parents, Pongo added global context to these conversations by leading annual cultural excursions to Ghana in since 2016.

His relaxed yet, investigative interview style has resulted in discussions with many of today’s most influential leaders including Hill Harper, Michael Eric Dyson and David Banner. His diverse array of interests also guided him through interviews with hiphop legends like EPMD and the late Prodigy of Mobb Deep.

Understanding the power of social media in modern society, Pongo also works as a multimedia consultant assisting companies in owning their messaging and tailoring their use of digital platforms, including podcasting, production of engaging video content, and web design.

Dometi Pongo is a news anchor and reporter for Chicago’s WGN Radio 720AM. Prior to joining WGN, he served as news director for the legendary urban talk radio station, WVON 1690AM where he also wrote and produced radio features spurring thoughtful dialogue on social, political and economic issues relevant to under-served communities. Born in Chicago to West African parents, Pongo added global context to these conversations by leading annual cultural excursions to Ghana in since 2016.

What’s included

  • Flight
    R/T Chicago to Accra (other loction optional).
  • Meals
    2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner).
  • Ground Transportation
    Air conditioned vehicle for rounds in Ghana.
  • Site Admissions
    All museums, events, and activities included in the itinerary.
  • Hotel
    All 3-4 star accommodations at the best hotels available.
  • Customize Options
    We can make arrangements for you to break away from the group to explore on your own.
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Items not listed
  • Cancellation Policy
    $500 non refundable service fee for trip cancellations plus any additional penalties associated with airline and hotel cancellation policies based on the time of cancellation.

Available options

Visa Processing (including visa)
$75
Single Upgrade
$575
Passport Assistance
$55
Ancestry Testing 5 left
$299

Itinerary

Day 1
Leave the US

Depart from your respective airports as Ghana, West Africa awaits you!

Your Organizer


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Sankofa US
I am LaNiece Thomas-Flagg, the travel coordinator for Sankofa US. Bishop Lance Davis has organized trips to Ghana, West Africa since 2002. I have been on board since 2010. Dometi Pongo has organized trips since 2012. In 2016 the two have teamed up to bring a unique, inspirational, educational, fun and exciting vacation! Two years later in 2018, Linal Harris add his special spin to the life changing trip and it has been phenomenal. Either if you plan to travel to Ghana, West Africa with us, with a group you joined, with a group you established, or on your own...Let us make sure your trip to the Motherland is amazing and remains in your heart forever!