We’re excited to be hosting a new exhibition here in Manchester Central Library: Family Ties – The Adamah Papers Project. Last Thursday was the exhibition launch; a large audience, delicious African cuisine, thought-provoking speakers and lively conversation.
Natalie Fiawoo, Project Manager for the Adamah Papers Project introduced the exhibition, which is designed to share the story of the Adamah family, a Ghanaian family of Kings, seen in a collection of documents that have just been digitised by the Black Cultural Archives in London.
These compelling documents provide a snapshot of everyday life in Keta and Some from the 1920s onwards, including important information about life under colonial rule. The exhibition also traces the stories of descendents, reflecting on Ghanaian-British heritage.
Adamah descendent TuggS.T.A.R, now resident in Canada, delivered a powerful spoken word performance. Local artist Akinyemi Oludele created amazing sketches of participants throughout the evening. The event was completed with a West African dinner of Jolloff rice, spiced chicken, fish and plantain provided by fantastic local chef Flora Imobhio.
This has been another exciting opportunity for us to work with Black Cultural Archives, whose mission is so closely aligned with our own. We look forward to more collaborative projects.
The Family Ties exhibition is on until the end of May in Central Library’s Lower Ground Floor exhibition space.