At the Ghana Independence celebration event diverse African cultures and stars and high profile dignitaries came to celebrate with Ghanaians London. The event aimed at preserving African history and heritage saw great support from indigenous businesses, media and organisations. Outstanding individuals were also recognised for their support to the Ghana Community in the UK
Frank Cobinah known as Atumpah, Nana NTI CEO the Gold Coast Bar and Restaurant, King Solomon’s catering, Kwame Koranteng – fashion designer. Other organisations include Cross dialect, Roses and Pearls and the Ghana Legend Sir James Barnor.
On the night a special documentary was shown titled The Journey Since Independence which was produced by Jay Ejike CEO of Afro Films with MR James Barnor.
James Barnor (born 6 June 1929) is a pioneering Ghanaian photographer whose career spans six decades, although for most of his career his work was not widely known. In his street and studio photography he represents societies in transition: Ghana moving toward Independence, and London becoming a multicultural metropolis. He is credited with introducing colour processing to Ghana.
Appreciation of octogenarian Barnor’s work as a studio portraitist, photojournalist and Black lifestyle photographer has been heightened since 2010 as a result of a series of exhibitions of his work in the UK, the USA, France and South Africa.
His photographs have been collated by the London-based charity Autograph ABP during a four-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in 2011 became part of the new Archive and Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography.
James Barnor project is currently working together with Afro films to digitise and archive many of James photos and are seeking for government support to achieve the preservation of his extensive work.