Welcome to eBuukuu. We are glad you’re here. You are now companions on a journey that started, in one way, in 1876 when Abina Mansah went to court to make her story of suffering and enslavement heard.  Trevor Getz, historian and father, joined her on this journey more than 100 years later when he encountered her testimony in an archive in West Africa.  He brought her story to the public in the form of an award-winning graphic novel and tool for historical analysis.  Now this story is brought to you in an animated digital app by eBuukuu, a community of scholars with teaching in our hearts and on our minds.  We hope to bring you many more stories from the past and present, tools for learning, and rich lesson plans, in the years to come.

Thanks to all of our colleagues and collaborators: teachers like David Sherrin at Harvest Collegiate and Liz Leidel at Abby Kelley Foster Charter School, Joshua Singer and the crew at Design Working Group and Soumyaa Kapil Behrens and DocFilm, SF State students and staff who have joined us actors and animators. Special thanks to the  the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and especially Dean Daniel Bernardi and the College of Liberal and Creative Arts at SF State for their support, as well as Charles Cavaliere at Oxford University Press and artist extraordinaire Liz Clarke.


REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS FOR Abina and the Important Men

"This is a superb introduction to the way historians construct the past, to the history of slavery in Africa, and to colonialism. "

Martin Klein
University of Toronto


"This is a great tool that I'm using in my sophomore world history class. Students can access sophisticated material in a format that appeals to digital natives. Pair this with the graphic history, Abina and the Important Men, and teachers will have a wealth of resources for studying colonialism, the Atlantic slave trade, and gender in West African culture."

Betsy Gutstein, National Board Certified Teacher, History Teacher at Evanston Township High School

"From that dusty transcript, Trevor Getz brings [Abina's] struggle graphically to life."

Patrick Manning
University of Pittsburgh

"In conclusion, Trevor Getz's Abina and the Important Men is a tremendous step forward for the world history community."

Maryanne Rhett in The Journal of World History
Monmouth University

"[T]his book shows that to tell our stories in a compelling and unconventional way does not mean that rigorous scholarship needs to be compromised."

Heather Streets
Washington State University

With the app, Abina does not just have a voice; she comes alive. The rich audio and the stunning graphics now permit even more students to engage with the story. The four accompanying pathways for thinking through the material serve as a brilliant and compelling educational resource. Teachers and administrators should not ask for reasons why they should use Abina. Rather, they should seriously question themselves if they are not using the graphic history or the app as a core part of their curriculum.

David Sherrin
Harvest Collegiate High School

"Academia has finally woken up to the interests of students and Oxford University Press is a willing partner in this awakening."

Jason Ripper
Everett Community College

"While the stories preserved over time are often those of male leaders, this book brings to life the concerns of a young woman at a pivotal moment in African history."

Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

"This is an important book that takes history into the public domain in a very accessible form ..."

Emmanuel Akyeampong in The Journal of African History
Harvard University

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