Arts & Culture
Africanus Horton: Life of an African Polymath
- 7:30 pm
04 May 2021
Online | Free
Surgeon. Soldier. Historian. Political Theorist. Scientist. Writer.
In one short life, Africanus Horton commanded influence in several fields. An original African nationalist, his travels across West Africa allowed him to map the topographies, psychologies and political consciousness of the region, championing what Blyden called the “African personality”.
In this lecture and conversation, we will explore Horton’s life and work, from his childhood in Sierra Leone, to the writing of his seminal works on politics that would form the blueprint for the constitution of the Fante Confederation, the first attempt by African nations to form into a modern centralised African nation-state.
Organised by the African History Project this event promises to be an engaging and insightful conversation, dissecting the life and work of this great African polymath.
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Header Image: The history of the people of Mankessim has been preserved in many forms over the years, most recently through sculptures such as the statue of the three Fante warlords – namely, Oson, Odapagyan, and Obrumankoma, situated at the Mankessim roundabout in the Central Region of Ghana. This monument commemorates Fante migration from Techiman in the 16th century to their present home in the Central Region. According to Nana Akwaa Poku, the Man- krado of Mankessim, the monument was named “the three legends” because they were prepared to face whatever confronted them on their way either on land, air, or sea as represented by the elephant, eagle, and whale, respectively.