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Challenging perspectives: Accra, her people and the Danes

Updated: Jan 28

What was life like for the average woman, man, and child in 17th, 18th and 19th century Accra, writes Abena Sɛwaa of AKADi Magazine.

And what impact did the European presence have on the exchange of ideas, cultures, languages, traditions, trade and more?

Our aim with this and subsequent interviews with historians and academic experts is to dig deeper into our understanding of what life was like in Accra (primarily).

We explore this in a new series in our ‘Connecting Communities’ podcast called –Challenging perspectives: Accra, her people and the Danes.

In our first interview we speak to Hermann von Hesse, assistant professor of African Art History at the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign in the USA.

Hermann gives us a brief overview of life in Accra prior to European settlement. He outlines how the Danes established themselves in and around Accra and, draws distinctions and similarities between the European trade in people and the indigenous practice in what we now call Ghana.

We call this series Challenging perspectives because we hope that these discussions will encourage us all to interrogate and challenge our perspectives, increase our knowledge and inspire us to keep asking those important questions.


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