An oral history project about the life and work of Nana Bonsu
Beresford 'Berry' Edwards, aka “Chief Nana Bonsu”, was a founding father of Manchester’s African Caribbean community whose pioneering work has left a lasting legacy.
Nana Bonsu leading a march
A public demonstration organized by the Pan African Congress Movement.
West Indian Community Centre, Carmoor Road
Nana was a leading figure and founder of the community centre in Longsight, which became a vital source of community support and activity.
Nana with his wife, Elouise Edwards
Nana and Elouise were both completely committed to community support and generating a strong voice to advance rights for people of African descent.
Community and cultural activities
Nana set up the UK's first black supplementary school. Children were dear to him. He is seen here giving children reassurance at African Liberation Day.
Nana Bonsu, also known as Beresford 'Berry' Edwards, was of huge importance to Britain’s African community, especially in Manchester which became his home. This oral history project highlights his role in initiatives such as the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination, trade unions, social justice and equal opportunities. Nana's work, committment and contribution is now nationally recognised by his inclusion in the list of 100 Great Black Britons.
Old Trafford-based First Cut Media and Performing Arts Group gained an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund to produce an oral history celebrating the life and work of this founding father of Manchester’s African Caribbean community. The project enabled 50 young people and volunteers to discover, explore and learn about their history and culture in the UK, specifically from the 1960’s – 2000’s.
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