The Black Cultural Archives’ newly acquired collection: the Adamah Papers reveals historical narratives of the Anlɔ-Eʋe people in Ghana, dating back as far as 1885. The collection gives insight into Ghana’s history, British occupation, the various methods used to resist colonialism and many generations of family history.
The Brixton museum’s latest exhibition Family Ties: The Adamah Papers, follows a British-Ghanaian family’s journey in which they rediscover their rich heritage and connection to royalty.
London spoken-word artist, Yao ‘Tugg.S.T.A.R’ Togobo entrusted BCA with the responsibility of preserving the papers. BCA is the UK’s only dedicated national repository for the history and heritage of people of African descent in Britain.
The Family Ties exhibition reveals the story of a Ghanaian King Togbui Adamah II, an Anlɔ-Eʋe who ruled the Some people from 1915 until 1963. Three rooms have been transformed to present an incredibly detailed snapshot of everyday life in Ghana.
The exhibition captures the narratives displayed in traditional archives and those woven into the cloths, family legacies, oral stories and legends handed down over generations. This intimate and spiritually-powerful exhibition incorporates archive documents, textile, objects, photographs, film, oral history and uses the language of the Anlɔ-Eʋe people.
Family Ties is open now at Black Cultural Archives, 1 Windrush Square, SW2 1EF. Admission: free. Phone: 020 757 8500. www.blackculturalarchives.org.