England’s African towns

The UK’s major towns and cities are famed for their diverse non-indigenous populations.

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Queen Charlotte of England was of African descent captured from © National Museum Cardiff

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”

Part2: The enduring legacy of Brazil’s Tabom in Ghana

British-Ghanaian journalist and videographer Kai Lutterodt can trace her ancestry back five generations to the Tabom people, (check part one ‘Roots and culture I’ here).  The Taboms were an Afro-Brazilian community of former slave returnees, mainly of Yoruba descent, that migrated to Nigeria initially and then settled in Ghana*. Continue reading “Part2: The enduring legacy of Brazil’s Tabom in Ghana”

Part1: Ghana’s Tabom heritage

The story of how the Tabom people (an Afro-Brazilian community of former slave returnees mainly of Yoruba descent*) that migrated from Brazil to West Africa has long fascinated me. Those of you who know me know of my love affair with Brazil, my search for its Twi-speaking community and my crazy experiences in the country over four trips. Continue reading “Part1: Ghana’s Tabom heritage”

Amma Asante & Belle

British-Ghanaian director Amma Asante directed Belle – the story of a woman with African and European heritage in 2013. Her film signalled a welcome shift in the ownership of films about the other. But as Amma explains in this segment, having the creative control to tell the story how she would want it is still fraught with challenges. Continue reading “Amma Asante & Belle”

Chieftaincy in Ghana – time for modernisation or time for an end?

Although on the surface it seems Ghana’s archaic chieftaincy structures have survived colonialism and are still celebrated and revered in modern times, I did not realise how much influence neighbouring tribes and British rule have had on the institution. Continue reading “Chieftaincy in Ghana – time for modernisation or time for an end?”