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Akuba’s father, Solomon Andoh Quansah, was a radar operator who worked with Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line shipping company from the 1960s to early 1970s.

Based on her personal connection to the Windrush generation Akuba shares a story of unpacking her father’s naval shipping trunk in 2014 in Hanwell (West London), thirty - five years after his demise in Ghana to discover a Black Star Line legacy. She came across an interesting sketched drawing, several photos and various personal memorabilia, representing different aspects of his life with the Black Star Line from the 1960s to early 1970s.

Inspired by the discovery this discovery, Akuba’s ‘Unpacking That Trunk’ workshop reveals her personal connection to the Windrush generation of shipping liners through the trunk’s amazing contents. This cross – curricular/multi-dimensional creative session covers History, Geography, PSHE, Drama, Art, Music, English Literature and Language and includes:

• A Ghanaian ‘Call and Response’/interactive activity & Akuba's storytelling of her own tale, ‘Anansi and the Freedom

• Using monologues, drama, poetry and Power Point to explore the lives of four Black/African-descended pioneers,
Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, Solomon Quansah and Evelyn Wauchape (Windrush stowaway).

• Students/participants in groups selecting ‘trunk’ items at random and presenting spoken, written or visual stories,
inspired by what they have chosen. 'Trunk Stories' are subsquently developed for exhibition, publication and

If you would like me to visit your school or Centre to deliver the ‘Unpacking That Trunk’ workshop, Please contact Akuba by email (quansah@hotmail.com)

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