History and Documentaries

Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey

As the early morning sun rose on Monday, 18 October 1875 in the rural Gold Coast village of Anomabo, a newborn babe’s cry rent the crisp air. The great-man-to-be, James Aggrey, made his entry into the world. Born of a father of esteemed lineage, Aggrey was to speak with great emotion and pride of a family line traceable to the ...

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10 Things You May Not Know About Muhammad Ali

Muhammed Ali. (Credit: Stanley Weston/Getty Images On February 25, 1964, the brash 22-year-old boxer Cassius Clay stunned the sports world by defeating reigning heavyweight champion Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Florida. The 7-1 underdog, who would become known as Muhammad Ali, fulfilled his promise to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Explore 10 surprising facts about one of ...

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HISTORY: Halls of Justice of Manhyia Palace in 1901

Below is the picture of Manhyia Palace’s Hall of Justice back in 1901. I see great architecture by the indigenous people. Do you agree? Or what do you see? Stay tuned for our subsequent releases of very fascinating historical photos.

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History of JamesTown British Accra

We must begin at the beginning. Carl Reindorf in his history of the Gold Coast and Asante popularized the idea that the Ga originated from ancient Egypt or possibly ancient Israel. Modern historians and archeologists such as Paul Ozame, Irene Odotei, James Anguandah, Adu Boahen and John Parker reject this thesis. Irene Odotei believes that the Ga originated from the ...

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Manhyia to premiere documentary and welcomes Prempeh’s descendants from Seychelles

The television premiere of events leading to the last Anglo- Asante War of 1900 whose consequences led the Asantehene Otumfuo, Osei Tutu II’s visit to Seychelles in April this year is set to be premiered at the Manhyia Palace on Friday September 25. The Return of a King to Seychelles, written and directed by Mr. Ivor Agyeman-Duah and jointly produced ...

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FOUR Lessons to learn from Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s Legacy

A lot has been said and written about the person and achievements of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of the Republic of Ghana. It is an undeniable fact that the achievements and impacts of Dr. Nkrumah are enormous not only on our continent, but globally as well. It is very good to discuss the past, but we don’t ...

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Africa before Transatlantic Enslavement

The Transatlantic Slave trade not only distorted Africa’s economic development it also distorted views of the history and importance of the African continent itself. It is only in the last fifty years that it has been possible to redress this distortion and to begin to re-establish Africa’s rightful place in world history. The African continent is now recognised as the ...

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A History of Black Hair From the 1400s to Present

A History of Black Hair From the 1400s to Present. 1920s: Marcus Garvey, a black nationalist, urges followers to embrace their natural hair and reclaim an African aesthetic. Woman (Mbororo) in Foumban, Cameroon. Originally published 1919. 1444: Europeans trade on the west coast of Africa with people wearing elaborate hairstyles, including locks, plaits and twists. 1619: First slaves brought to ...

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HISTORY: Kwame Nkrumah’s Speech at the Founding Meeting of the OAU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 24, 1963

I am happy to be here in Addis Ababa on this most historic occasion. I bring with me the hopes and fraternal greetings of the government and people of Ghana. Our objective is African union now. There is no time to waste. We must unite now or perish. I am confident that by our concerted effort and determination, we shall ...

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DID YOU KNOW THAT: An African-American Invented Clothes Dryer

Yes George T. Sampson, an African-American invented clothes dryer. An early patent for a clothes dryer (U.S. patent #476,416) was received by George T. Sampson on June 7, 1892. George Samson also patented a sled propeller (U.S. patent #312,388) on February 17th, 1885. George Samson wrote in his patent: “My invention relates to improvements in clothes-driers. The object of my ...

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