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AKADi Magazine Podcasts are designed to give listeners unique insights into the transformative actions of Ghanaians in Ghana and across the globe.These conversations aim to inform, inspire and illuminate our powerful narratives.We want to bridge the culture and information gaps that exist between Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. Listen to these stories and find out how you can be part of that journey here: https://linktr.ee/AKADiMag

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AKADi Magazine Podcasts are designed to give listeners unique insights into the transformative actions of Ghanaians in Ghana and across the globe.These conversations aim to inform, inspire and illuminate our powerful narratives.We want to bridge the culture and information gaps that exist between Africans on the continent and in the diaspora. Listen to these stories and find out how you can be part of that journey here: https://linktr.ee/AKADiMag

    S5 Ep9| DEVELOPING YOUR WRITING VOICE in 'Small Joys' part 2 with author Elvin James Mensah

    S5 Ep9| DEVELOPING YOUR WRITING VOICE in 'Small Joys' part 2 with author Elvin James Mensah

    ‘Small Joys’ is the debut novel of Elvin James Mensah which tells the story of a friendship bond that blossoms between two unlikely friends called Harles and Muddy.



    Harles is a British-Ghanaian queer man who has a lot on his plate. He’s dropped out of university. He has a fraught relationship with his father and he’s battling depression.




     Muddy is a Mancunian man who moves into a shared house with his friend Chelsea and Harles – his new housemate. Muddy is easy going, loves indie music and is a keen a bird watcher.



    In part two, Elvin share details of his writing process with Abena Sɛwaa, the editor of AKADi Magazine, he explains how the Coronation Streets soap inspired one of the characters in the book, and he reveals details of his second novel. 



    This interview was recorded in December 2023.


    'Small Joys' is published by Scribner UK in the UK, Random House in the USA and Plataeditores in Spain. 



    And join our Podcast Club to access exclusive and early release content and discounts here: https://ko-fi.com/akadimagazine

    The music in this episode is made exclusively for AKADi Magazine by Kyekyeku and the Superopongstarz and is called 'Life No Dey Easy'.

    AKADi Magazine is a digital publication connecting Ghanaians in Ghana and the Diaspora, visit us at www.akadimagazine.com and www.msbwrites.co.uk for all your community news.

    • 16 min
    S5 Ep8| CELEBRATING FRIENDSHIP in 'Small Joys' part 1 with author Elvin James Mensah

    S5 Ep8| CELEBRATING FRIENDSHIP in 'Small Joys' part 1 with author Elvin James Mensah

    ‘Small Joys’ is the debut novel of Elvin James Mensah which tells the story of a friendship bond that blossoms between two unlikely friends called Harles and Muddy.


    Harles is a British-Ghanaian queer man who has a lot on his plate. He’s dropped out of university. He has a fraught relationship with his father and he’s battling depression.



     Muddy is a Mancunian man who moves into a shared house with his friend Chelsea and Harles – his new housemate. Muddy is easy going, loves indie music and is a keen twitcher (a bird watcher).


    In part one of this interview, Elvin tells Abena Sɛwaa, the editor of AKADi Magazine what inspired ‘Small Joys’, how the book tackles mental health and explores parental acceptance.


    This interview was recorded in December 2023.

    'Small Joys' is published by Scribner UK in the UK, Random House in the USA and Plataeditores. 


    And join our Podcast Club to access exclusive and early release content and discounts here: https://ko-fi.com/akadimagazine

    The music in this episode is made exclusively for AKADi Magazine by Kyekyeku and the Superopongstarz and is called 'Life No Dey Easy'.

    AKADi Magazine is a digital publication connecting Ghanaians in Ghana and the Diaspora, visit us at www.akadimagazine.com and www.msbwrites.co.uk for all your community news.

    • 25 min
    S5Ep7| EXPLORING PERSPECTIVES ON CHATTEL SLAVERY with historian Hermann von Hesse

    S5Ep7| EXPLORING PERSPECTIVES ON CHATTEL SLAVERY with historian Hermann von Hesse

    What was life like for the average woman, man, and child in 17th, 18th and 19th century Accra?


    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.


    The reading list for this episode:

    ·       Two Views from Christiansborg Castle Vol I. A Brief and Truthful Description of a Journey to and from Guinea, by Johannes Rask (Author), Selena Axelrod Winsnes (Translator)



    ·       Two Views from Christiansborg Castle Vol II. A Description of the Guinea Coast and its Inhabitants


     


    A Description of the Guinea Coast and its Inhabitants, by H.C. Monrad edited by Selena Axelrod Winsnes



    ·       A Danish Jew in West Africa. Wulf Joseph Wulff Biography And Letters 1836-1842 by Selena Axelrod Winsnes, Paperback | Indigo Chapters



    ·       History of Indigenous Slavery In, a (P): from the 15th to the 19th Century Paperback – Illustrated, 29 Dec. 2004, by Akosua Adoma Perbi (Author)



    ·       The Grand Slave Emporium: Cape Coast Castle and the British Slave Trade Paperback – 1 Mar. 2007by William St Clair (Author)



    ·       Daughters of the Trade: Atlantic Slavers and Interracial Marriage on the Gold Coast (The Early Modern Americas) by Pernille Ipsen (Author)


    And join our Podcast Club to access exclusive and early release content and discounts here: https://ko-fi.com/akadimagazine

    The music in this episode is made exclusively for AKADi Magazine by Kyekyeku and the Superopongstarz and is called 'Life No Dey Easy'.

    AKADi Magazine is a digital publication connecting Ghanaians in Ghana and the Diaspora, visit us at www.akadimagazine.com and www.msbwrites.co.uk for all your community news.

    • 55 min
    S5 Ep6| CHALLENGING PERSPECTIVES: Accra, her people and the Danes

    S5 Ep6| CHALLENGING PERSPECTIVES: Accra, her people and the Danes

    Abena Sɛwaa and KAmo, the editors of AKADi Magazine share their thoughts and highlights from a series of books written about the Danish presence in Accra during the 18th and 19th century.

    This segment is called: Challenging perspectives: Accra, her people and the Danes.
    Our aim is to dig deeper into our understanding of what life was like in Accra (primarily) for the average woman, man, and child, and explore what impact the presence of Europeans over the centuries has had on the exchange of ideas, how it has shaped our cultures, languages, traditions, trade and more.
     
    The reading list for this episode:

    ·       Two Views from Christiansborg Castle Vol I. A Brief and Truthful Description of a Journey to and from Guinea, by Johannes Rask (Author), Selena Axelrod Winsnes (Translator)


    ·       Two Views from Christiansborg Castle Vol II. A Description of the Guinea Coast and its Inhabitants
     
    A Description of the Guinea Coast and its Inhabitants, by H.C. Monrad edited by Selena Axelrod Winsnes


    ·       A Danish Jew in West Africa. Wulf Joseph Wulff Biography And Letters 1836-1842 by Selena Axelrod Winsnes, Paperback | Indigo Chapters


    ·       History of Indigenous Slavery In, a (P): from the 15th to the 19th Century Paperback – Illustrated, 29 Dec. 2004, by Akosua Adoma Perbi (Author)


    ·       The Grand Slave Emporium: Cape Coast Castle and the British Slave Trade Paperback – 1 Mar. 2007by William St Clair (Author)


    ·       Daughters of the Trade: Atlantic Slavers and Interracial Marriage on the Gold Coast (The Early Modern Americas) by Pernille Ipsen (Author)


    ·       Slavery and its Legacy in Ghana and the Diaspora. Rebecca Shumway (Anthology Editor) , Trevor R. Getz (Anthology Editor)
     



    And join our Podcast Club to access exclusive and early release content and discounts here: https://ko-fi.com/akadimagazine

    The music in this episode is made exclusively for AKADi Magazine by Kyekyeku and the Superopongstarz and is called 'Life No Dey Easy'.

    AKADi Magazine is a digital publication connecting Ghanaians in Ghana and the Diaspora, visit us at www.akadimagazine.com and www.msbwrites.co.uk for all your community news.

    • 34 min
    S5Ep5| REMEMBERING COCKTAIL ENTREPRENEUR Douglas Ankrah - a tribute from his sister

    S5Ep5| REMEMBERING COCKTAIL ENTREPRENEUR Douglas Ankrah - a tribute from his sister

    Hello and welcome to another episode of our Connecting Communities Podcast. 

    My name is Abena Serwaa, the publishing editor of AKADi Magazine and you were just listening to Lily Naadu Mensah, older sister to the late Douglas Ankrah – the cocktail entrepreneur, author and businessman who created one of the UK’s top 10 cocktails – famously called the Pornstar Martini.


    This cocktail is a passion-fruit-flavoured drink made with vanilla-flavoured vodka, Passoã (a passionfruit flavoured liqueur made with natural passionfruit), passion fruit juice, and lime juice.

     It is traditionally accompanied by a chilled shot glass of prosecco. 


    Lauded as a pioneer in the drinks industry, Douglas established one of the popular cocktail spots in London the Townhouse and co-founded the Soho-based London Academy of Bartenders to train bartenders.


    Douglas tragically passed away in 2021 at the age of 51.


    Lily, who is a personal brand coach and author of ‘Work Your Quirks’, tells us more about her late brother, his career and how his family and friends plan to honour his legacy.
    And join our Podcast Club to access exclusive and early release content and discounts here: https://ko-fi.com/akadimagazine

    The music in this episode is made exclusively for AKADi Magazine by Kyekyeku and the Superopongstarz and is called 'Life No Dey Easy'.

    AKADi Magazine is a digital publication connecting Ghanaians in Ghana and the Diaspora, visit us at www.akadimagazine.com and www.msbwrites.co.uk for all your community news.

    • 35 min
    S5Ep4| RETURNING AFRICAN TREASURES - a chat with Onyekachi Wambu

    S5Ep4| RETURNING AFRICAN TREASURES - a chat with Onyekachi Wambu

    According to a report commissioned by the French president Emmanuel Macron in
    2018, an estimated 90-95% of Africa’s heritage is outside of the Continent.


    What are we doing to return of African human remains and cultural artefacts?

    Onyekachi Wambu, who – at the time of the interview in October 2022,
    was the executive director of the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), talks about the work AFFORD is doing through its 'Return of the Icons' initiative.


    This initiative aims to push forward discussion and action around the return of African human remains and cultural artefacts held by UK museums and other institutions.


    Mr Wambu is current an associate at AFFORD on their special projects at AFFORD.


    Background
    AFFORD-UK - Return of the Icons - https://afford-uk.org/return-of-the-icons/

     Changes to the Charities Act 2022

    All-Parliamentary Party Group on Afrikan Reparations - report 


    The title transfer of ownership of 72 religious and cultural artefacts from the Horniman Museum in south London to Nigeria 


    And join our Podcast Club to access exclusive and early release content and discounts here: https://ko-fi.com/akadimagazine

    The music in this episode is made exclusively for AKADi Magazine by Kyekyeku and the Superopongstarz and is called 'Life No Dey Easy'.

    AKADi Magazine is a digital publication connecting Ghanaians in Ghana and the Diaspora, visit us at www.akadimagazine.com and www.msbwrites.co.uk for all your community news.

    • 52 min

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