The Pan African Heritage World – Press Release

For Immediate Release (29th May 2021)

The Masekela family have offered a portrait of the late Hugh Masekela to the Pan African Heritage World Museum (PAHW). Hugh Masekela was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, singer and composer. The late Masekela was popularly referred to as “the father of South African jazz” because of his compositions and writings against the apartheid regime including the “Sowetan Blues” and “Bring him back home,” among others.


In a letter to the Founder and Executive President of the Pan African Heritage World Museum (PAHW), Elinam Masekela congratulated Honourable Kojo Yankah for his extraordinary vision to construct the monumental Pan African Heritage World Museum in Ghana. “I am really excited to hear about the PAHW museum at Pomadze. I would like to offer on loan to the museum on behalf of the Masekela family a portrait of Hugh Masekela”, Ms. Masekela wrote. Ms. Masekela said the portrait of Mr. Masekela, which was commissioned by Mont Blanc Pen and sold at a charity event in South Africa, is currently in Accra and will be of great value to the PAHW museum.

In his response to Ms. Masekela’s correspondence, Honourable Kojo Yankah thanked Ms. Masekela for her kind donation and for recognizing PAHW’s vision and objectives. He said the portrait will be a unique addition to the numerous artifacts that have been donated to be displayed in the PAHW’s museum on completion. Honourable Yankah encouraged other Africans and People of African Descent to contribute to the success of this monumental museum project.

The Pan African Heritage World Museum project has received endorsements from the African Union (AU) Commission, Government of Ghana (GOG), Association of African Universities (AAU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), among others.


The Pan African Heritage World Museum is an international non-governmental organization which seeks to create an environment for people of African descent and all others to discover and experience the true history of the Origins of Humanity, the Development of Cultures and the Great Civilizations of the Nile Valley up to the present that influenced the past, informs the present and will shape the future, serving as an inspiration for generations to come.
For more information, visit www.pahw.org.

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