Growing up in 80s England and overhearing the conversations from ‘uncles’ and ‘aunties’ on conditions in Ghana under Flight Lieutenant JJ Rawlings’ military rule, I remember the image created of this imposing figure was never favourable. I had uncles who vowed never to step foot on Ghanaian soil because of the turmoil they or family members had experienced under his regime. I didn’t really understand why but that feeling of wariness continued during subsequent trips to the Motherland when he was the Head of State.
There’s a new push to revive the tourism sector and encourage both outsiders and those inside Ghana to visit more of the country’s iconic historical, cultural and eco-friendly landscapes. Continue reading “Space for change in Ghana’s tourism sector”
It’s been over 20 years since I visited Cape Coast Castle in Ghana but to this day the smell of the female dungeon still haunts me. I can only describe it as a deathly pungency made of salty sea water and human decay. Continue reading “Elmina and Cape Coast Castles revisited”
If you are looking for a game, can’t find it in the shops – why not make it yourself? That was the thinking behind Patrick Adom’s ‘Very Puzzled’ creation – a jigsaw puzzle with an Africa theme designed to make learning fun, educational and accessible to all. Continue reading “Puzzle-maker proves learning can be fun”
Followers of my posts will know that I am somewhat of a history nut. Most recently, I have been following the discovery of old letters, documents and newspapers from an Ewe Fia (King) that formed the ‘Family Ties: Adamah Papers’ exhibition at the Black Cultural Archive (BCA) in Brixton, London. Continue reading “An archive of Ghana’s past on paper – The Adamah Papers”
Our pasts inform our futures so knowing where you come from has its benefits. Check out some of these stories below. Continue reading “History”
International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day have all too keenly focussed the world’s attention on the amazing women in all of our lives. My inspiration is much closer to home and comes from my amazing mum. She is not only beautiful, extremely accomplished as a business woman, mother, healer, chef, and positive thinker – she is unafraid of trying new activities. Continue reading “Guest blogger: Joana Nyantakyiwaa – an inspirational mum”
Three years ago (in June 2014), I was on the verge of walking out of ‘Belle‘ – the second film by award-winning British-Ghanaian director Amma Asante. Continue reading “How important are facts when producing films on Black history?”
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. Continue reading “Brixton exhibition to showcase life of Ewe Royal in papers”
Hello MisBeee Writes readers..I wanted you to be the first to know! I have recorded my first podcast! Continue reading “Tudor England’s Africans”
Knowledge of Africans in Tudor England influenced the work of leading English writers such as William Shakespeare, according to historian Onyeka, author of ‘Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins’ . Continue reading “Re-teaching Tudor history”
The UK’s major towns and cities are famed for their diverse non-indigenous populations.
In the Office of National Statistics’ latest census in 2011, almost 100,000 Ghanaians are living in Britain with big cities such as London, Birmingham, and Manchester having significant populations. Continue reading “England’s African towns”