Mittwoch, 05. Juni 2019, 18:30 - 21:00 iCal

Filmscreening and Discussion

"The Forgotten Kingdom? Chronicles of the North..." by Roland Sumani Seini

Seminarraum 1, Institut für Afrikawissenschaften
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5, 1090 Wien


Film Screening and Discussion in the presence of the director Roland Sumani Seini

Naa Gbewa, a prince and cavalry man, came and established his Dagbamba empire (also known as „Mole-Dagbani state“) in the area of modern-day Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo. He was the first king of modern-day Ghana and the first to introduce chieftaincy as a system of government in this region. The documentary is about the roots of his empire, how it grew and finally fell apart. Roland Suman Seini and his team travelled 12,000 km throughout Northern Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo to establish fact about Naa Gbewa’s empire, an Oral History from the 11th century to present day. The main purpose of the project is to educate the world, and especially those from Northern Ghana, about their connection to each other and thereby promote peace and economic development in this region of Ghana.

“The Forgotten Kingdom? Chronicles of the North …” has toured festivals and institutions in Ghana and abroad, such as University of Ghana, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Management Center Innsbruck, Austria, Afro-Asian Institute Graz, Austria, Social Machinery Festival, Italy, Goethe Institute, Accra, Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Accra, African World Documentary Film Festival, San Diego, and I-Rep Film Festival, Lagos.


Roland Sumani Seini (Mandiaya) is a researcher, self taught film maker and founder of Chaka Orleans Heritage Foundation. Mandiaya led a research into the origins of the Dagbamba Empire (Mole-Dagbani state), and its founder Naa Gbewa, and directed a documentary on him titled “The Forgotten Kingdom? Chronicle of the North...”. Sumani Seini has worked as a strategist for the Ghana International Trade Fair 2016 in Tamale. He was a guest lecturer at University of Ghana, Legon, and Management Center Innsbruck, Austria. He is a producer and logistics manager for the Chale Wote Street Art Festival organised by Accradotalt. He currently lives in Accra, Ghana.

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Ulrike Auer
Institut für Afrikawissenschaften