John L Warfield Center

The Spring 2010 Doctoral Portfolio Presentations

Fri, May 7, 2010 | ISES Gallery - Warfield Center for African and African American Studies (JES A230)

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Spring 2010 Doctoral Portfolio Presentations


Doctoral Portfolio Presentations

Friday, May 7, 2010

3pm, ISESE Gallery/Warfield Center (Jester Center A232A)



Kwame Essien

Doctoral Candidate, department of History

 "The Tabom People and the Brazilian Government: Preserving the History and Monuments of 'Dual Heritage,' 1961-2009."


Saheed Aderinto

Doctoral Candidate, Department of History

"Amerika ti more o jo mi ioju, "my American trip is a big deal":

Diasporic Fuji and the Making of a New Social Identity in the Nigerian-American Community



Kwame Essien was born in Tema, Ghana (West-Africa), where he began his academic journey. He graduated from Accra Polytechnic in Ghana in 1990, after which he came to the US to continue his academic pursuit
and dreams. In 2002, Kwame Essien obtained a B.A in history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and a Master’s degree in African studies at the Center for African Studies at the University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2006. Kwame will graduate in May 2010 with a PhD in African and African Diaspora History, here at the
University of Texas at Austin.

Kwame’s family history with the middle passage especially the story about his great-great grand-uncle, Chief Kweku Andoh (the chief of Elmina from 1884-1898) shaped his interest in slavery, migrations and
African Diasporas in reverse. He studies African social and cultural issues in the context of the African Diaspora. His PhD Dissertation, “African Diaspora in Reverse: The Tabom People of Ghana, 1820s-2009”
examines the history of Afro-Brazilian repatriation or returnees in Ghana and their contributions in Ghanaians societies.

In fall 2009, Kwame was awarded the Derrick Gondwe Fellowship to teach African, African Diaspora and World History at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania where he teaches African, African Diaspora and World
History. He has contributed to a number of publications and has received a number of research grants over the years.

This chapter of my dissertation examines how the "Tabom" people forged or continue to solidify their ties with the Brazilian Government and Embassy in Ghana. It briefly shows how the Brazilian Embassy in Accra
acts as a bridge and how it has interacted with the Tabom community since the 1960s. Also, this work explores socio-economic incentives in the "Tabom" community and how tourism in Ghana has energized the
"Tabom" “base,” and in some ways hastened the yearning to visit Brazil for the first time. This study provides a chronological progression of the "Brazilian colony" in Ghana since Brazilian government appointed Raymundo Sousa Dantas, the first Afro-Brazilian Ambassador to Ghana in 1961 to
establish both cultural and economic ties between the two countries. This chapter argues that the African Diaspora extends beyond the New World, and in doing so it showcases the significance of multiple
reverse migrations to and from the New World to Africa. Most significantly, this argument draws attention to the importance of the "Tabom"  people’s plans to visit Brazil to the survival of their history in Ghana and its implications for the historiography of Brazilian, Ghanaian/African and the African Diaspora history.



Saheed Aderinto received Ph.D in African History from University of Texas at Austin in 2010. This fall, Aderinto will be joining Western Carolina University as Assistant Professor of History. His areas of specialization include gender and sexuality; nationalism and historiography; peace and conflict; and African Diaspora. In addition to several journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles and book reviews, his co-authored book, "Nigeria, Nationalism, and Writing History" is forthcoming from University of Rochester Press.


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Dr. Geraldine Henderson at

or call 512-471-8556

Sponsored by: The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies

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