From Jamestown to Jamestown: Letters to an African Child
Young people of all races are mostly oblivious to the reality of the struggles of “African people” historically and contemporarily. They do not know there has been a conscious effort to eliminate this history; and, they have been deceived in such a way to suggest that “it” [the history] never existed. Kojo Yankah, in his book From Jamestown to Jamestown: Letters to an African Child has chronicled the true history of Africa and the Diaspora during a critical period in a manner that will gain the attention of folk across races, across continents, and across generations. His unique approach to sharing history though letters is sure to create a readership that is more informed about the history of African people throughout the Diaspora. This is a “must read” book which traces the African people from Jamestown, Africa to Jamestown, Virginia highlighting their journey and their challenges along the way. — Joseph H. Silver, Ph.D
From Jamestown to Jamestown: Letters to an African Child is a thoughtfully refreshing account of African history that pensively reflects the ancestral wisdom of our African forebears that urges lions to tell their own stories instead of relying on stories that hunters always tell to glorify themselves, at the ruinous expense of lions. In a word, Efo Kojo tells the lions’ tale of African history to a young African ( and to older ones as well), Ayesha – she who lives; and it is only when Africans can tell their own stories from their perspective that they can amply safeguard their ever-abiding consciousness and substantial identity. The admirably skillful way in which the author manages to tell the story in the form of letters, manageable doses of life-sustaining historical information, and all in language that is not perceptively intimidating, should appeal, especially, to Ayesha and her generation. And the value of the information contained in the book may be found in the question, “what would become of our children if they possessed the information contained in this book?” This is a must reading for Ayesha and her contemporaries as well as their parents and grandparents. — Kofi Asare Opoku, Professor, Africana Studies
Kojo Yankah is a Ghanaian and Pan Africanist who served his country in various capacities in the 70s and 80s including Editor of The Daily Graphic (Ghana’s widest circulation newspaper), Director of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Member of Parliament and Minister of State. After quitting politics, he founded Africa’s first private communications university, the African University College of Communications, in 2002.