Cloth celebrating Ghanaian independence

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Cloth marking the independence of Ghana


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Detail of the coat-of-arms


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Detail of the crossed Ghanaian flags


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Detail of Kwame Nkrumah


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Cartoon (1)

Source: cartoons.ac.uk

Four cartoons from British newspapers about Ghanaian independence and African decolonisation.

Visit the site http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/browse/cartoon_item/anytext=nkrumah?page=2

Cartoon (2)

Source: cartoons.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/browse/cartoon_item/anytext=ghana?page=11

Cartoon (3)

Source: cartoons.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/browse/cartoon_item/anytext=nkrumah?page=12

Cartoon (4)

Source: cartoons.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/browse/cartoon_item/anytext=ghana?page=13

BBC video Lost Kingdoms of Africa: Asante

Source: youtube.com

Brief outline of the Kingdom of Asante (0:00-1:45); explanation of kente cloth: (40:12-43:15); brief overview of British colonisation and 1900s (48:55 to 58:51); Akwasidae Festival (55:30 to 58:51).

See this video on youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL2Qv_ytdp4&list=PLhzqSO983AmGPdfr8tqExX4GY1CHGr7bX&index=5

BBC news pages from 1957 (1)

Source: bbc.co.uk

Visit the site http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/11/newsid_2524000/2524453.stm

BBC news pages from 1957 (2)

Source: bbc.co.uk

Visit the site http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/6/newsid_2515000/2515459.stm

Coin from Ghana (drums and coat of arms)


Two drums on the obverse and the Ghanaian coat-of-arms on the reverse; AD 1991.

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Coin from Ghana (cowrie shell)

Source: britishmuseum.org

Coin from Ghana with the symbol of a cowrie shell on it; the cowrie was used as currency in pre-colonial Africa.

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/africa/the_wealth_of_africa/cowrie_shells_and_the_slave_tr.aspx

Post-colonial bank-note from the Republic of Congo; AD 1964

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/africa/the_wealth_of_africa/colonialism_and_independence.aspx

South African Rand

Source: britishmuseum.org

Bank-notes showing the change in the design of South African rand after the end of apartheid.

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/africa/the_wealth_of_africa/the_end_of_apartheid.aspx

Wrapped in Pride

Source: si.edu

Webpages of an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art about Ghanaian kente; includes how to wear kente and how to design your own.

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Letter from Africa: Ghana's uniform lovers

Source: bbc.co.uk

BBC article on clothing in Ghana with photos showing similar cloths being worn

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30378181

Outside the classroom

Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.

World Museum, Liverpool

Source: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/

Visit the Museum of London Docklands

Source: museumoflondon.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands/

Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

Source: ox.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Source: cam.ac.uk

Visit the site http://maa.cam.ac.uk/maa/

Horniman Museum, London

Source: horniman.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.horniman.ac.uk/home

Powell Cotton Museum, Kent

Source: quexpark.co.uk

Visit the site https://powell-cottonmuseum.org/

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org

Cloth celebrating Ghanaian independence