Age Range: 6 months – 2 years
This board book for babies celebrates Ghana’s customary naming ceremony.
An outdooring and naming ceremony is an occasion in Ghana when a newborn experiences the outside world for the first time and receives a name.
This collection of E. A. Ammah’s ethnographic writing includes essays, some poetry, and other documents. Created over four decades, these pieces cover a wide range of topics including Ga culture in comparative perspective, Ga social organization, Ga political structure and history, Ga life transition ceremonies, and Ga religion. The collection provides a unique cultural insider’s twentieth century perspective on Ga society and history.
The Ewe of Ghana, Togo and Benin have been one of the most documented ethnic groups in West Africa, given their encounters with the German, French and British colonial administrations. In 1906, Jakob Spieth, a German Bremen Missionary, published Die Ewe-Stamme. Die Ewe-Stamme is one of the most comprehensive treatises on the history, religion, economic life, traditional social structure, and, indeed, the entire spectrum of everyday life of the Ewe. Published over 100 years ago the book had limited circulation and became increasingly rare to the extent that it almost became a deified piece of work and source of classified knowledge. Additionally, Die Ewe-Stamme was published in German and old non-standard and colloquial Ewe languages. It is hoped this translation of Die Ewe-Stamme into English and contemporary Ewe might create a revival of interest amongst researchers, enhance the understanding for the traditional Ewe culture and become reading material in schools and universities.
This book bares the public face and the private parts of Ghana’s tourist attractions. Kofi Akpabli is a journalist and an author who has travelled across Ghana. He has written on the culture of a lovely people; their lifestyles and environment. When he was voted for two years running by CNN as the Best Arts and Culture writer in Africa, he knew he owed the land of his birth a special duty. For nearly two years, Kofi travelled once more, across-country; engaging people, places and events to document the experience.
Romancing Ghanaland brings to Ghanaian readers a beautiful testament of their beloved nation and shows the rest of the world why Ghana remains God’s own country.
“Kofi romanticises about the places he visits in a manner that engages us to re-examine our attitude towards our God-given environment.” TREC
“I have been trying to figure out what the X-factor in Kofi Akpabli’s work is and I think I have it. It is his ability to let Ghana speak to him instead of speaking ‘at’ Ghana.” Prof Esi Sutherland, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana
Age Range: 8 years and above
A set of five books for young ones and anyone looking for a quick and easy appreciation about the country Ghana: its history, culture, traditional systems, languages, people, food and more!
These books provides basic education about Ghanaian history, cultural practices and heritage for the Ghanaian child. Though they will prove useful for every Ghanaian (as well as non-Ghanaians), they are especially beneficial for parents who are keen on educating the Ghanaian child in the diaspora.
These books give a foundation of Ghanaian history and cultural practices to enable readers understand and appreciate Ghanaian heritage.
Kofi Antubam was once a student, avid researcher, teacher and a trail-blazing master of the arts and culture.
His depiction of Ghana’s traditional values is profound. From explaining the meaning of colours, time, names, beauty, the traditions of royal Courts, the essence of the male and female, Antubam dissects sculpture, painting, music and dance, poetry, hairstyles, textiles, jewelry — our known forms of art. Presented here are one man’s notion of religion, prayer, vice and virtue, procreation and the rituals and symbolism of death in the traditions of Ghana. — Ray Sowah
Antubam’s research to identify and codify the tenets of the Ghanaian personality began in 1943. It took more than 2 decades for his words to be published. This unique and influential piece of written art, expresses the author’s beliefs, written in his unique style, a representation of the urgent call of his time. At the core of his book is the search for identify. The original book sought to define the ‘Ghanaian Personality’ ” who we were as a country and as a people. 55 years after Antubam raised this issue, we still continue to grapple with defining our collective identity. It is the hope of the publisher that, in reading this book, Ghanaians and those who study and love our culture will find explanations for ‘I am a Ghanaian’. It is rooted in our traditions.
Published by Heritage Project as part of The Legacy Series.
Age Range: 7 – 12 years
Twelve year old Adaku lives in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Her father is always telling his children stories about their tribe, the Gas. He believes that a person must know his roots.
During the school vacation, Adaku travels to the Greater Accra Region to spend the holidays with her grandparents in a large fishing village near Accra.
She arrives just before the Homowo festival of the Ga people, and is plunged into various strange and interesting activities.
Join Adaku as she learns about the history of her people and the Homowo festival.
Ghana: The Story So Far recounts Ghana’s history, celebrates our heroes and showcases our culture. Expertly laid-out, beautifully-illustrated and captioned, with a photo section that captures everyday Ghanaian scenes, this coffee table book is a must-have.
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.