A Professor of African and Gender Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana Josephine Akosua Adomako Ampofo has called for History to be made a compulsory subject from kindergarten to the university.
According to her, there is no need to reinvent the wheels as the great grandparents of African descents may have invented them already and only requires that the younger generations could go for such materials and improve upon them.
Speaking to 3news.com on the sideline of the Global Ghana Conference dubbed “Global Ghana: In search of Africa’s Blackstar”, Professor Ampofo regretted that many Africans reduce their cultures to just the way they dress, and the food they eat but there is more to it.
“It is eating out of us and we think other people’s cultures are so important than ours. Many think it is about dance and African languages. No it goes beyond that.
“We have contributed to knowledge, medicine and science. Many scholars have come out of Africa and we don’t acknowledge them. It is sad,” she said.
The forum was aimed bringing African scholars interested in issues of Ghana together. To that effect the Ghana focus programme lived up to expectations as it brought together politicians, Pan Africanists, scholars and students.
According to Prof. Adomako Ampofo, who is also a strong advocate for social justice, there are many works of great African leaders like books written by Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah that are in Johannesburg, South Africa and therefore would require collaboration of African scholars to make them easily accessible.