It is not every day that you come across papers that give you some indication about your heritage and family history. This happened to one East London family that can trace their ancestry to a Ghanaian royal from the Ewe nation.
Ewe Fia – Togbui Adamah II reigned from 1915 to 1963 – and thanks to a collection of official and personal letters and papers written by him and addressed to him, we know much more.
These papers – known as the Adamah Papers – were found by a family member and eventually donated to the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) in Brixton, London.
This is likely to be the first time such a find has been discovered in this way, and provide great insight into what life was like during a time when present-day Ghana was under British colonial rule. These papers give us rare insight into what life was like for Fia Togubui Adamah II, the people he ruled and his intersection with neighbouring kings and the British.
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By Kirsty Osei-Bempong
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