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Channel to debut documentaries on Obama visit, Ghanaian history this
fall By R. Thomas Umstead
(August 17, 2009) The African nation of Ghana will be the subject of two
documentaries set to air on the Africa Channel over the next two months.
In September the network will debut The Soul of Ashanti, while in
October The Africa Channel will chronicle President Obama's trip last
month to sub-Saharan Africa with the special Akwaaba! Ghana Welcomes The
"We at The Africa Channel are thrilled to premiere these two very
distinctive and important documentaries," said Bob Reid, executive vice
president and general manager for The Africa Channel in a statement.
"Ghana has a rich culture and history and has demonstrated that
democracy can flourish alongside traditional values in Africa. We are
excited to provide our viewers with an exclusive window through which
they can experience the beauty and vibrancy of the people of Ghana."
The one-hour documentary The Soul of Ashanti, premiering Sept. 20,
traces the history of the Ashanti Kingdom's Golden Stool -- one of the
most important sacraments of the kingdom -- from the time it is believed
to have arrived in 1695 to present day Ghana. The program provides an in
depth and insightful look into the life and culture of the Ashanti's and
their view of the importance and relevance of the Golden Stool,
according to the network.
Akwaaba! Ghana Welcomes The Obamas, premiering Oct. 4, focuses on The
Africa Channel and Ebony & Jet Magazines' joint coverage of Obama's July
trip to sub-Saharan Africa and the emotional connection that developed
between the people of Ghana and America's first family. The documentary
features interviews with Ghana's two most recent past presidents, John
Kufour and Jerry Rawlings, along with other top government officials and
business leaders, said the network.