Join The Nana Project for our online festival celebrating Ghana's history!
This panel will explore the evolution of Ghanaian music and the stories and histories Ghanaian music tells us about the nation and its people. Using the stories two legedary musicians tell through their music, we will explore the birth of Ghana as a nation and the cultural, social and political themes of their time, as a way into the concerns of the people of Ghana.
Founder, An Ode to Highlife
Agya Koo Nimo
Palmwine Music Legend
Gyedu Blay Ambolley
Highlife Music Legend
About the Festival
In the Akan language of Twi “Abakɔsem” means ‘history’ or, more specifically, ‘the fact that has come and gone’.
The Abakɔsem Festival is an online festival dedicated to celebrating Ghana’s rich history. It will be a space for Ghanaians, at home and in the diaspora, and people interested in Ghana’s history to critically engage with the history of our nation through panels, interviews, an online exhibition, and thought-provoking quiz night. With the support of historians, visual artists, writers, curators, and musicians, The Nana Project will explore the political and social history, music, photography, and fashion that shaped Ghana from the 20th century to the present day.
The Legacy in Print panel will discuss the work of photographers in highlighting Ghana's history and culture as well as the work of curators and curating institutions in preserving, archiving, and displaying photography as an art form.
Saturday, March 6th, 2021
Backward Never: A Political History Retrospective-2pm GMT/ 9am EST
Legacy in Print: Photographing a Nation-4pm GMT/11am EST
Weaving the Fabric of a Nation: Ghana's Tapestry-6pm GMT/1pm EST
Sunday, March 7th, 2021
The Beat of a Nation: The Evolution of Ghana's Music- 3pm GMT/10am EST
Trivia Quiz- 5pm GMT/ 12pm EST