Black Lives Matter in Ghana

There have been Black Lives Matter protests continually for a month now. The world finally seems to think about the legacy of slavery, colonialism and imperialism on a larger scale. But what about the Black lives on the African continent, where by far the most Black people live? They often get excluded from the Western narrative. Ama van Dantzig is co founder of Dr.Monk, an organization for climate change action and social change situated in Accra, Ghana but active in the Netherlands as well. For Lilith, Ama writes about the plight of Africans in this global movement for Black lives

The Siamese Crocodile

Siamese crocodiles are a symbol of democracy and unity. The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. Ama, the amphibian of Dr. Monk, uses this symbol to tell a story of interconnectedness.

Anansi and the Future of International Cooperation

Dr. Monk was asked to write a column for OneWorld magazine, about the future of international cooperation. We found that future in an old story about a spider. Ananse is the name, or Anansi, depending on which side of the ocean you met him. He is a witty trickster and West-African god of all knowledge of stories. Born in Ghana, he came along on the slave ships to the Caribbean to become an important folk character. And also to the States, where he somehow evolved into Aunt Nancy. This story is about a pot of wisdom:

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