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Yaw Asamoah of Dublin was born in the West African nation of Ghana but has lived in central Ohio for 20 years.

He retains a trace of an accent as he talked Saturday about the vibrant Ankara cotton clothing he was selling at the Columbus African Festival at Franklin Park Saturday. He also displayed glass jewelry, footwear and traditional hourglass-shaped drums, as well as bags and baskets woven from tropical elephant grass.

Asamoahhas seen the West African community grow in the Columbus area over recent years.

“A lot of people headed out of New York,” he said. “When Ohio started booming, people headed here.”

A number of them likely attended the festival on Saturday. The event is aimed at encouraging the African arts in the Columbus community and exposing African culture to Greater Columbus residents.

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