The Nana Project, an online platform dedicated to preserving and sharing firsthand accounts of Ghana’s history, has announced the launch of their website www.thenanaproject.org.
Established in 2014, The Nana Project’s mission is to preserve, archive, and share firsthand accounts of Ghana’s history.
As the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain independence, Ghana gained the attention of many politicians and world leaders. “The nation of Ghana is still relatively young at only 58 years old”, says Founder and Executive Director of The Nana Project, Kirstie Kwarteng. “There are Ghanaians who are older than Ghana that can remember important moments in Ghana’s history from the Gold Coast to present day. I wanted to protect and share this history while we still have this generation to share their stories.”
At the heart of The Nana Project’s mission is the desire to remind one another of our shared culture, to strengthen and build connections, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into our fabric the understanding that our history matters. From the slave trade to independence and the Pan-African movement, Ghana’s role in history transcends continents and cultures. The project aims to invoke pride in one’s culture, country, and, most importantly, one’s self that translates into participation and action across all sectors. Kwarteng also hopes that the site will be used as an educational resource for history that is often glossed over or not found in history books.
The website archives video recordings of firsthand accounts such as childhood in colonial Ghana, Ghana’s Young Pioneers, and the impact of Fathia Nkrumah, Ghana’s first 1st lady, on Ghanaian women. The website also includes old photos of the storytellers and instructions for Ghanaians and friends of Ghana to submit their own video and photo stories.
The Nana Project hopes to share the voice of a generation and serve as a resource for Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians alike to learn about Ghana’s history.
To learn more about The Nana Project, visit the website at www.thenanaproject.org.
Link: The story of Nana Aba Naaman – Nana Aba Naaman shares her memories on Ghana’s Independence Day, growing up during the presidency of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and experiencing her first coup as a secondary school student.
Link: The Nana Project Introduction– The Nana Project Founder and Executive Director, Kirstie Kwarteng, discusses the importance of The Nana Project and Ghana’s importance in world history.