About Us

Registered Since 2011

About Us

Registered Since 2011

Sankofa is a registered charity that promotes the study of African culture and development issues amongst young Africans. Sankofa brings young Africans closer to scholars to empower them to make informed decisions about their heritage.

Working with young Africans in the UK as well as young people from different backgrounds, Sankofa’s main aim is addressing the needs of an increasing number of African migrants, the majority of whom are young people born in the UK or brought here by their parents. We also work closely with African refugees and asylum seekers from conflict areas in Africa.

Our programmes are designed to impact on the intellectual abilities of young Africans and encourage them to be actively involved in Africa’s renewal process. 

Sankofa is a registered charity that promotes the study of African culture and development issues amongst young Africans. Sankofa brings young Africans closer to scholars to empower them to make informed decisions about their heritage.

Working with young Africans in the UK as well as young people from different backgrounds, Sankofa’s main aim is addressing the needs of an increasing number of African migrants, the majority of whom are young people born in the UK or brought here by their parents. We also work closely with African refugees and asylum seekers from conflict areas in Africa.

Our programmes are designed to impact on the intellectual abilities of young Africans and encourage them to be actively involved in Africa’s renewal process. 

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Background to our cause: The Challenge
Background to our cause: The Challenge

Sankofa is relevant because of the large number of young African migrants in the UK. Research has shown that young Africans experience cultural identity problems and loss of direction, hence they struggle to achieve in life.

Young Africans growing up in the UK live in an environment that essentially denigrates virtually anything to do with Africa. They experience difficulties when trying to integrate and media coverage, racism and bullying in schools makes them feel ashamed of being Africans and susceptible to peer-pressure, making them more inclined to conform to a stereotyped image.

 

Young Africans also have the complex task of balancing their parents’ cultural values and expression with their own westernised experiences and influences. In close association with cultural upbringing, a lack of communication between parents and their children has witnessed an alarming manifestation of legal cases involving young Africans engaged in criminal activities before the courts.

Sankofa is relevant because of the large number of young African migrants in the UK. Research has shown that young Africans experience cultural identity problems and loss of direction, hence they struggle to achieve in life.

Young Africans growing up in the UK live in an environment that essentially denigrates virtually anything to do with Africa. They experience difficulties when trying to integrate and media coverage, racism and bullying in schools makes them feel ashamed of being Africans and susceptible to peer-pressure, making them more inclined to conform to a stereotyped image.

 

Young Africans also have the complex task of balancing their parents’ cultural values and expression with their own westernised experiences and influences. In close association with cultural upbringing, a lack of communication between parents and their children has witnessed an alarming manifestation of legal cases involving young Africans engaged in criminal activities before the courts.

Our Objectives
Our Objectives

Our Identity

Reflecting the needs and aspirations of young Africans, ‘Sankofa’ is a Ghanaian word which means “We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move into the future”. Our logo is an Adinkra symbol of a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back, which symbolizes one taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present.

Synonymous with the meaning behind our name, our vision is to engage young people through programmes relevant to leadership, education as well as culture and heritage.

Our Identity

Reflecting the needs and aspirations of young Africans, ‘Sankofa’ is a Ghanaian word which means “We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move into the future”. Our logo is an Adinkra symbol of a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back, which symbolizes one taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present.

Synonymous with the meaning behind our name, our vision is to engage young people through programmes relevant to leadership, education as well as culture and heritage.

We Are Commited To

Promoting cultural awareness and socio-economic and development issues in Africa to young Africans

Promoting an understanding of African issues amongst young Africans

Co-facilitating educational programmes, research and social activities for the benefits of young Africans

Celebrating the diversity of African cultures

Meet the team
Meet the team
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Educate, Empower and Inspire Leaders of the Future

Educate, Empower and Inspire Leaders of the Future