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Ghana, a former colony of Great Britain, made history on March 6, 1957, when it became the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain its independence. There have been many accounts of the story of Ghana’s independence by scholars, protagonists and observers alike. In this book, the author revisits the story and in a year by year account from 1947 to 1957 when the first Prime Minister, Kwame Nkrumah, declared Ghana’s independence, highlighting some of the key events that drove the struggle.
The book also examines in detail the role played by individuals whose names have come to be associated with the struggle as an attempt to settle the old question of individuals in political change with Ghana as the case study.
It is written with the perspective of a journalist and historian.₵80.00
Wulff’s life history is of considerable interest in itself. In her biographical essay (Part I) Selena Axelrod Winsnes portrays him as a ‘marginal man’: being a Jew in Denmark at the beginning of the 19th century was to some extent an uphill struggle for those who sought public recognition, and Wulff did not escape discrimination in his administrative career at Christiansborg either, although special circumstances allowed him to hold important positions, and yet, only for the short term.
Paradoxically, on his arrival to the Gold Coast Wulff — as a Jew — was placed in a middle position in the racial hierarchy dominating the mind-set of his superiors in Copenhagen — between Africans and Europeans. In many respects he shared the fate of Euro-Africans, straddling two worlds and being ‘sealed off’ from the top echelons of the European establishments on the Coast.
This book comprises two parts. The first is a biographical presentation of Wulff Joseph Wulff , a Danish Jew. It is an essay concerning the last six years of his life, spent on the Gold Coast of West Africa, based on letters he wrote to his family in Denmark. Those letters were published in 1917 as Da Guinea var Dansk [When Guinea was Danish], by Carl Behrens, a member of his family in Denmark. The second part of the book is an edited translation of the letters from Danish into English.₵40.00
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This book memorializing the life and work of Ali Al’amin Mazrui comprises more than 130 tributes written by people ranging from heads of state to journalists.Out of respect for Mazrui’s immediate family members, their tributes are presented first, followed by those from his global family members.
Included in the book are three chapters that comprise an introductory essay, a brief biography of Mazrui, and an essay on metaphorical-linguistic analysis of the tributes. The book also has a preface by the co-editors and a foreword by Salim Ahmed Salim, the former prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and former Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now known as the African Union. Dr Salim, who served as the Secretary- General of the OAU from 1989 to 2001, was Mazrui’s friend and contemporary. Mazrui once described Salim as ‘Mr. Africa’ and the ‘first real post-colonial Secretary-General of the OAU.’₵130.00
A Video Biography of a Legendary African Scientist & Mathematician and World Citizen: Prof Francis K.A. Allotey (DVD)Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey (1932 – 2017) was a Professor of Mathematics, Scholar, Nuclear Physicist and a Consultant in Informatics for Development.He was born in August 1932 at Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana and received his early education at the Ghana National College.He pursued further studies at the University Tutorial College, London Borough Polytechnic and London Imperial College of Science and Technology where he obtained the then coveted Diploma of Imperial College (London) in 1960. In 1962, he was enrolled in a PhD (Mathematics) programme at Princeton University, becoming the first African to study at the Mathematics Department of that university. It was while studying at that university that his world-renowned Allotey Formalism was established. The “Allotey Formalism” is a technique used to determine the matter in outer space. The formula is based on his pioneering groundbreaking research on soft x-ray spectroscopy.At the national level he held the positions of Pro-Vice Chancellor of UST, Chairman, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Chairman of the Management Board, Soil Research Institute, Chairman, Ghana Technical Committee on Nuclear Energy, Vice-President, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, President, Ghana Institute of Physics among others.He was also a Consultant to several International Institutions, including United Nations Organization, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Atomic Energy Agency, Intergovernmental Bureau for Information, and United Nations Industrial and Development Organization.₵30.00
Africa Must Unite best describes what Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah stood for.
The mission he began over half a century ago remains uncompleted and the task of this generation is to make the dream of African unity come alive and realise our full potential as the African nation that would be embracing all peoples of African ancestry.
Nkrumah called for the political and economic unification of African states as the most effective way to achieve economic and socio-cultural emancipation and regain full sovereignty over our land and resources.
The thesis of Africa Unite remains unassilable, giving hope to about 1.5 billion Africans all over the world who aspire for a better life in a more humane world.
Africa Must Unite!₵50.00₵50.00
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Africa Rise And Shine: How a Nigerian Entrepreneur from Humble Beginnings Grew a Business to $16 Billion (Hardcover)
The road to success is rarely linear and never easy. Despite countless setbacks, Jim Ovia, founder of Zenith Bank, was able to achieve the unthinkable. Africa Rise and Shine is the story of Ovia’s business and banking success and how he was able to create one of Africa’s largest banks.
Spanning decades of both world and Nigerian history, Africa Rise and Shine dives deep into the events that led to Ovia’s triumph. Drawing upon his educational experiences and relentless determination, Ovia was able to overcome every hurdle that stood in the way of his bank becoming the national icon that it is today. Africa Rise and Shine outlines the tough, yet necessary business decisions that were essential to Zenith’s prolonged success and is filled with valuable takeaways for every businessperson. Learn from one of the best in banking what it takes to truly be successful.₵180.00
In this book, Emeritus Professor Jacob U. Gordon has brought together both historical and current literature in traditional African leadership to focus on critical issues of leadership and governance in Africa. The book sets out to provide students of African leadership and development, educators, politicians, traditional leaders and practitioners with a toolbox for understanding the changing role of traditional rulers/chiefs and its future in African life.
It examples leadership dynamics of past African leaders such as Abu Bakr II (14th century), Chaka Zulu, Queen Hatshepsut, Hannibal of Carthage, Makeda the Queen of Sheba, King Mansa Musa, Haile Selassie and Yaa Asantewaa.
It is the author’s hope that this book will help the reader to better understand the complexities of traditional leadership in Africa and key considerations; to appreciate the values of traditional African leadership; and to develop a better appreciation of the importance of good leadership and governance in a global and competitive world that yearns for sustainable peace and security.₵30.00
In over forty portraits, African writers present extraordinary people from their continent: portraits of the women and men whom they admire, people who have changed and enriched life in Africa. The portraits include inventor, founders of universities, resistance fighters, musicians, environmental activists or writers. African Visionaries is a multi-faceted book, seen through African eyes, on the most impactful people of Africa.
Some of the writers contributing to the collection are: Helon Habila, Virginia Phiri, Ellen Banda-Aaku, Véronique Tadjo, Tendai Huchu, Solomon Tsehaye, Patrice Nganang and Sami Tchak.₵45.00₵45.00
Akyem Abuakwa, 1700-1943: From Ofori Panin to Sir Ofori Atta (Trondheim Studies in History) [Hardcover]
Recently-launched in hardcover format, this book by Professor Addo-Fening is an authoritatively comprehensive treasure on Akyem Abuakwa history.
This book tells the story of Akyem Abuakwa from its origins in 17th century Adanse, through its relocation to Banso, on the backside of the Atewa Hill under Nana Ofori Panin, commonly regarded as the founder of the Akyem State, and subsequently to Kyebi, in the valley of the Birim River, after 1727; through to the interactions with the Basel Mission and social developments in the 19th and 20th centuries to the transformation of the Abuakwa economy in recent years.
Published by Heritage Project as part of The Legacy Series.₵200.00
Foreword by Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin
Amantiremanmienu means literally ‘He who bestrode two worlds’. Nana Ofori Atta was the first Western educated Okyenhene; the first traditional ruler to establish a Stool Treasury, proceeds of which he ploughed into founding and funding the first Trade and Secondary School (now known as the Abuakwa Secondary School); and the first Scholarship Fund to support brilliant but needy children in the Gold Coast. He established what is now the Kyebi Government Hospital. The longest serving African on the Legislative Assembly, the de facto Parliament of the day, he was the first African to draft and sponsor what became known as the Native Ordinance Bill — it served as the administrating law for the Gold Coast until 1944.
The first traditional ruler to be knighted, Nana Sir Ofori Atta married 44 wives. He was the first Okyenhene to establish a committee to write the constitution of Okyeman.
This unique Coffee Table Book shares for the first time, excerpts from the archives, dairies and letters he kept in Kyebi. Of all the titles bestowed on him, he would sign each letter in green ink: ‘I am, Omanhene, Akyem Abuakwa’.
Published by Heritage Project as part of The Legacy Series.₵250.00
This book is an account of the life and work of Dr. Ephraim Amu, the renowned Ghanaian educationist and reformist — a great creative musician of world rank whose contributions are a cultural heritage for the world. It gives the story of Amu’s life and the contribution he has made to the development of the Church, Education, Morality, the Youth, Agriculture, Nutrition, Ghanaian Cultural Nationalism and, especially, the evolution of Ghanaian music.
Not since Dr Kwegyir Aggrey has any other Ghanaian influenced more positively the development of Ghanaian culture and pride in the African Personality than Dr Ephraim Amu.₵35.00
Age Range: 6 – 15 years
This book teaches children the history of some ancient Ghanaian Kings and Queens. Agokoli of the Ewes, Osei Tutu I of the Asante, Dode Akaibi of the Ga and Ndewura Jakpa of the Gonja are some of the royals featured here.
A long, long time ago, various kings and queens ruled over the peoples in the areas of West Africa that became the Gold Coast when Europeans came and colonised them. These kings and queens were famous among their own and other tribes. Often, the kings and queens that were infamous for being cruel were the ones whose stories traveled widest.
Some were famous for being fearless warriors who, at the slightest excuse, fought wars with their neighbours and expanded their territories. Others were famous because they liked to behead their opponents. Some others were famous because they had a union which was ‘magically’ created in which every subject was his brother’s keeper. These kings and queens were all famous for one reason or the other.
All in all, we have a rich culture of royalty in Ghana. This book will take you on a trip through our royal history and will teach you lessons of bravery, honour, honesty and brotherhood.₵25.00