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Akan Publishing

Reclaiming our own drum beat in the world.


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"The beat of the drum is the tuning of the soul." -
-Sobonfu Some

Books are now available. Order below.

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In the U.S., we are all swimming in the waters of what is right, real and true as White and male. Because of Western globalization, these beliefs have spilled over the rest of our world forming a yardstick by which we measure everything. Change our beliefs, changes the yardstick. Changing the yardstick, changes the world.


In this book Amy Howton and Quanita Roberson use the Dagara Medicine Wheel and Integral Theory to share their individual journeys of a shared bondage and freedom through stories and then walk you through your own healing journey.


A 40 Day Journey to Remembering Soul & Spirit


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Lauren Walsh and Shaina Conners interview Quanita Roberson on the Time of the Feminine Podcast. In this podcast they interview Quanita about her book The InnerGround Railroad: A 40 Day Journey in Remembering Soul & Spirit that she co-authored with Amy Howton. In this interview they talk about the book, healing, grief, healing the collective from within, and taking care of ourselves and serving our purpose.

Podcast released on March 2, 2023

Coming Soon

Tenneson and Quanita take time to talk about her upcoming book, The InnerGround Railroad: A 40 Day Journey to Remembering Soul & Spirit that she co-authored with

Amy Howton of WildRoots. Tenneson asks Quanita several questions about how it feels for her to see the first printed copy, how she feels herself grown and changed by writing the book, and how she hopes people encounter the book and its stories.

Podcast released on 1/5/22

Lauren & Shaina Interview Quanita
The Time Of The Feminine
Tenneson Woolf & Quanita Roberson
Fire & Water Podcast
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About Akan Publishing

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Akan Publishing gets it's name from the Akan Drum. 

The Akan Drum is a drum that is believed to be the oldest surviving African American artifact to exist. The drum was made in the Ghana region of West Africa somewhere between 1700 and 1775 and is believed to have traveled on a slave ship to America.


Because slaves left with nothing, it is believed to have been brought on the slave ship by a member of the crew. The drum was used to “dance the slaves” as a form of exercise to keep them strong during the journey. It currently resides in the British Museum.


This drum holds some information for us about the different ways of being.  This drum shows us an early example of the clash of cultures. It shows the drum being used as utilitarian for exercise by a slave traders but in African culture the drum was used for connection to soul and spirit, and as transportation to another time, state, and space. Sobonfu Some, of Burkina Faso said, “The beat of the drum is the tuning of the soul. Think about this for a minute: the drum—the very thing that was used as a tool for liberation—was taken and used as a tool of oppression. The good news is that each one of us can use this conduction tool to help us reclaim our own freedom. This drum can help us reclaim our own drumbeat in the world.

Akan Publishing is set up to do just that, reclaiming our own drumbeat and therefore our own voices in the world with the intention of living the promise of forgiveness and reconciliation in the world.

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Founder & CEO: Quanita Roberson

I am the promise of forgiveness and reconciliation in the world. I haven’t always known this but I have always been moving toward it. I started my healing journey at a young age. I am a shaman. It has taken me a long time to grow into grow into me. Mostly because I never quite understood why a person would choose this life. Now I understand that it chooses you.

​I believe we are in a time that is calling us to remember. Remember what really matters. Remember the truth of who we really are. Remember that we belong to each other. 

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