top of page
Keynote at Black Student Union Heritage Ball Feb 2022_7.jpeg


Walking with My Ancestors: Cape Coast Castle (2019), the award-winning and nationally recognized performance piece, is about a mother’s search for guidance from the spirits of her ancestors in the dungeons for enslaved Africans.

 The story takes the audience through a ritual journey that includes dance, music, and drama and leads to revelation, reconciliation, and rebirth. Walking with My Ancestors offers fresh perspectives on the experiences of the “forgotten” enslaved Africans and demonstrates how today’s racial and cultural problems connect with truths of our shared and painful pasts. The work is timely. It provides platforms for deepened conversations about identities, diversity and inclusion, immigration and migration, border crossings, citizenship, parenting, homeland and diaspora, and the “ghosts of slavery.” Ultimately, Walking with My Ancestors is a human story about triumph over adversity, hope, resilience, emotional justice, and survival.

Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum Ethnomusicologist public-scholar

Immersive ethnographic research and practice-led research to performance at Cape Coast Castle.

Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum ethnographic research_walking with my ancestors cape coast castle
Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum Walking with my ancestor feet burning in the sun
walking with my ancestors performance_Ama O Aduonum.jpg

Walking with My Ancestors: Elmina Castle
Performance, February 18, 2022

Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum, KoJo Aduonum, MaAdwoa Aduonum, Maximillian Beck, Jamillah Gilbert, Mark Gilbert, Sr., Jerry James