Meet Nana Ofosuaa Oforiatta Ayim, the first Ghanaian historian to win the world’s biggest history prize

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Nana Ofosuaa Oforiatta Ayim, an accomplished art historian, writer, and filmmaker, has won the prestigious world's biggest history prize endowed by Romanian philanthropist Dan David, boasting a $3 million annual purse.

Her groundbreaking achievements include being the first Ghanaian to receive this honor, placing her among esteemed past recipients such as Al Gore and Lonnie Bunch. In a thought-provoking discussion with Nobel Laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah, Ayim explores the enduring impacts of colonialism, aligning her efforts with Gurnah's focus on migration and cultural upheaval.

Through innovative projects like the Pan-African Cultural Encyclopedia and mobile museums in Ghana, Ayim challenges Western frameworks and strives to preserve marginalized histories. Her contributions have earned her widespread recognition, including the 'Woman of the Year' in Cultural Arts Award and accolades from Okayafrica and The Africa Report. As the founder of the ANO Institute of Arts and Knowledge, Ayim advocates for inclusive and relevant museums, showcasing her unwavering commitment to preserving cultural heritage.

Explore the life of Nana Ofosuaa Oforiatta Ayim below.



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