Special event Past event Friday, 4 August 2017

Ghana – A Nation in Retrospective

Discover the story behind contemporary Ghana starting with a keynote led by Lord Paul Boateng of Akyem and Wembley.

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Sackler Centre Reception, South Kensington

  • Tickets cost £3.00 - £5.00

Past Event

Led by Pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana was the first African country to gain independence after colonial rule in 1957 . Take a look retrospectively at a nation that over the last 60 years has shaped a modern vision, and established Ghanaians as trend-setting ‘Afropolitans’. Join us to review your own history, heritage, culture and future alongside our contributors.

• Senior Curator of Metalwork Angus Patterson presents Ashanti Goldweights and Regalia from the Wolseley invasion on Kumasi in 1874
• Designer, Director and Writer Christopher Lutterodt-Quarcoo will stage ‘Undoing Africa’, a critical simulation developed in response to Kwame Nkrumah’s 1963 address ‘We must unite now or perish’
• Historian Hakim Adi tells the story of Pan-Africanism from inception to modern day understandings
• Gallery Educator Peter Ashan will explore the 18th century ‘man-about-town’ William Ansah Sessarakoo
• Photographers James Barnor and Ed Otchere will take visitor photographs in the ‘Ever Young’ pop up studio
• Cultural specialists Afrograph will share 5 generations of women through cloth & culture
• Project Co-ordinator Natalie Fiawoo of Black Cultural Archives (BCA) shares a story of kings, family ties & colonial rule in Keta
• Chef Zoe Adjonyah tells how she re-discovered her heritage through her grandmother’s recipes and ‘Ghana Kitchen’, with book signing
• Singer song writer Melvin Ashong brings live acoustic soulful rock from his albums ‘Copernicus’ and ‘Aberjay’
• DJs Volta 45 and Chief Commander Yaaba will play a musical soundtrack charting 60 years of Ghana’s independence

This event commemorates Ghana @ 60, and the UNESCO Decade for People of African Descent 2015 - 2024