How digital archivists are reclaiming cultural memory
14 Sep 2021
How digital archivists are reclaiming cultural memory

Lost memories and limited narratives are the driving forces behind many of the digital archives springing up across Africa. Led by filmmakers, artists, and activists, these projects have the capacity, if supported, to contribute to the continent’s creative, cultural, and economic growth.

Chao Taiyana Maina

Chao Taiyana Maina is the founder of African Digital Heritage. Also known as Headstrong Historian, she is a Kenyan digital heritage specialist and digital humanities scholar working at the intersection of culture and technology.

Anita Afonu

Anita Afonu is a documentary filmmaker based in Ghana. She has four films to her credit and is an alumnus of the Durban Talent Campus, Berlinale Talent Campus, the Moving Africa Programme, and a University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar.

Kuukuwa Manful

Kuukuwa Manful is a trained architect who researches and documents architecture in Africa. She is the project lead and principal investigator of the Building Early Accra project, which digitises collections of architectural and administrative archival records created from as early as 1894. Her current research – towards a PhD at SOAS, University of London – examines the sociopolitics of West African nation-building, modernity, and social stratification through a study of the architecture of schools. She holds Masters and BSc Architecture degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), and an MSc in African Studies from The University of Oxford (UK).

Nana Ocran

A former Editor of the Time Out Group’s series of guides to Lagos and Abuja, Nana has over 20 years of experience as a writer, editor and cultural consultant. She Founded the digital platform, People’s Stories Project and is also an Associate Lecturer at Omnes Education (London), a liberal arts school that is headquartered in Paris. She has worked in a cultural capacity with global brands and organisations including Danish Film Institute (Copenhagen), Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva), Rolls Royce Muse (UK), Design Indaba (South Africa) Pernod-Ricard (Paris) and is an ongoing consultant for British Council (UK).