founder explores his roots
Thaddy Ulzen, AfroFest co-founder and the original host of CKLN's
Sounds of Africa, recently realised a great dream with the opening
of the Elmina Java Museum in Ghana. The museum in Elmina is
a gift of the Ulzen family from Ghana. Manus Ulzen was amongst
the first Africans to volunteer to serve in the Dutch East Indies
Army in 1832. He was wounded in fighting and returned to Elmina.
But the Ulzens go back even further. Dutch historian Ineke van
Kessel has managed to trace the Ulzen family back to Jan Ulsen
who left Holland in 1731.
generations later, Thad Manus Ulzen, now living in North Carolina,
USA, wants to ensure that the story that wedded the fate of
Elmina with the Dutch and the Ashanti kingdom will never be
forgotten. The museum is a philanthropical endeavour that will
support tourism and educational projects. The proceeds, the
family feels, should be given back to the people of Elmina,
where the story started.
a full report including the Radio Nederlands audio go to www.rnw.nl/holland/index.html
the opening of the Elmina-Java Museum on 15 February 2003 Manu
Herbstein signed copies of his novel, Ama, a Story of the Atlantic
Slave Trade . Ama won the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Best First
Book Prize. This was the first time in its 14-year history that
this prize had been awarded to a writer from Africa. Part of
the story is set in Elmina.
companion web-site: www.ama.africatoday.com