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In 2013 Promise Adamah-Togobo returned from Ghana with some paperwork, paperwork that confirmed an incredible legacy connecting Togbui Adamah II, Paramount King of Some in south eastern Ghana with an ordinary east London family. What Promise held in her hands was indisputable proof that they were direct descendants of Ghanaian royalty.

As we investigated further into the legacy of Togbui Adamah II, we learned about the life that he lived and just how significant he was in ensuring that his kingdom was not entirely swallowed up by colonial interactions.

Since historical accounts of Africa were often not told by Africans, the true essence or meaning of something could be lost.

These documents donated to Black Cultural Archives, known as ‘The Adamah Papers’, were created over a period of hundred year from the 1850s–1950s, and have allowed us to start building a clearer picture of what life was like [during the early 1900s] through the words of those who actually lived in the region, and to explore little known histories through the eyes of one family.

This online exhibition will focus on the Ewe nation, in particular their historic migration and modern-day diaspora, their culture and beliefs, and the impact of interactions with neighbouring nations and with Europeans.

The Family Ties exhibition was curated by Natalie Fiawoo on behalf of Black Cultural Archives