The Akan People in Africa and the Diaspora: A Historical Reader

Layout 1This is a collection of key essays about the Akan people, their history, and their culture. The Akans are an ethnic group from West Africa, predominately Ghana and Togo, of roughly 25 million people. From the twelfth century on, Akans created numerous states based largely on gold mining and the trading of cash crops. This brought wealth to many states such as Akwamu, which stretched all the way to modern Benin, and ultimately led to the rise of the best known Akan empire, the Empire of Ashanti. Throughout history, Akans were a highly educated group; notable Akan people in modern times include Ghanaian president Kwame Nkrumah and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. This volume features a new array of primary sources that provide fresh and nuanced perspectives. This collection is the first of its kind.

It is the second volume in a series on the Akan people. The first volume is The Akan People: A Documentary History, edited by Kwasi Konadu

Kwasi Konadu is Associate Professor of History at The City University of New York. He is the author of several books, including The Akan Diaspora in the Americas and The Akan People: A Documentary Reader.