Marcel Desailly celebrates Ghana@59 with GiF Nantes

Marcel Desailly celebrates Ghana@59 with GiF Nantes

nantes independenceKomix Safo Kantanka the Co-founder of GHANANTES, the first GiF association created in France to take care of Ghanaian university  students who come to study French in France, together with his friends and elders of the Ghanaian community in Nantes celebrated Ghana’s 59th Independence on the 5th March 2016.

The event was attended by leaders and students of the African communities in Nantes. Marcel Desailly, who is the first GiF to captain the French Football National Team and  also a GiF in Nantes  was  present to give his support.

On the program was a video projection  on a large screen about the history of the Independence of Ghana, how and why the struggle began and the main people behind the attainment of  independence.

More details coming soon!


Nantes (French pronunciation: ​[nɑ̃t]) (Breton: Naoned, Gallo: Naunnt) is a city in western France, located on the Loire River, 50 km (31 mi) from the Atlantic coast.[1] The city is the sixth largest in France, with a metropolitan area of about 900,000 inhabitants.[2]

Nantes is the capital city of the Pays de la Loire region and the Loire-Atlantique département, and it is the largest city in traditional Brittany and in the whole Grand-Ouest (northwestern France). Together with Vannes, Rennes and Carhaix, it was one of the major cities of the historic province of Brittany and the ancient Duchy of Brittany. Nantes is still widely regarded as its capital city.[3]

The Nantes Tramway opened in 1985, a reversal of the trend of tramway closures that had been going on since the middle of the 20th century. The tramway system is one of the largest and busiest in France. The city also has a Busway line, an innovative and notable bus rapid transit. Nantes is served by an international airport, Nantes Atlantique Airport and a major French railway station, the Gare de Nantes.

In 2004, Time named Nantes as “the most liveable city in Europe”.[4] In 2010, Nantes was named a hub city for innovation in the Innovation Cities Index by innovation agency 2thinknow.[5] The city was ranked 36th globally from 289 cities and 4th overall in France, behind Paris, Lyon and Strasbourg for innovation across multiple sectors of the economy.[6] As of 2013, Nantes holds the title of European Green Capital, awarded by the European Commission[7] for its efforts to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions, for its high-quality and well-managed public transport system, and for its biodiversity with 3,366 hectares of green spaces and several Natura 2000 zones which guarantee protection of nature in the area.[8]

Euronantes is the city’s central business district, which is currently in development near Gare de Nantes and on Île de Nantes, offering by 2015 500,000 square metres of office space, retail space and upscale hotels. The district is served by Busway line 4 at Cité Internationale des congrès et Tripode stations.[9]

In 2012, Nantes was classified as a global city by the GAMMA GaWC ranking of Loughborough University in England. Nantes is the fourth highest-ranked French city (behind Paris, Lyon and Marseille) according to its classification. Nantes was ranked ahead of cities such as Porto, Florence, New Orleans, Hanover, and Genoa.

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