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History of the Katanga

The History of the “Katanga” & their Jama Songs Download

Welcome to KNUST, Freshers! One of the most iconic halls of residence on campus is Katanga, also known as University Hall. It is the oldest hall on campus and has a rich history dating back to 1963.

University Hall, also known as Katanga, is a student dormitory at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. It was built to celebrate the university status of the former Kumasi College of Technology. The hall was officially named University Hall and dedicated on January 19, 1963.

History of the Katanga

The name Katanga is associated with the University Hall because of the political events happening in the Congo at the time of the hall’s inauguration in 1963. The Katanga province in the Congo was trying to secede from the rest of the country, and the central government was strongly opposed to this. The Congolese government felt that allowing any form of secession would be disastrous for the newly independent nation. The conflict in the Congo led to a civil war, which eventually resulted in the overthrow of Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba in 1960.

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In 1961, Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba was assassinated in Katanga, a province in the Congo that was trying to secede from the rest of the country. Other tragic events in the Congo during this time included the assassination of the UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld. Many African countries, including Ghana, sent troops to the Congo as part of a UN peacekeeping force that helped to end the civil war. Katanga and the people of Katanga became well-known and were seen as important players in the conflict.

The members of the University Hall at KNUST saw a parallel between the events in the Congo and their own desire to be unique and different from the other halls on campus. They decided to adopt the name Katanga, not as a prelude to secession, but as a way to show their uniqueness.

Katanga & their Jama Songs Download

Here are some places where you can find Katanga Jama songs:

KatangaWeb: This is the official website of the KNUST University Hall Alumni Network. They have a collection of Jama & Sacred Songs, including “Katanga Morale Gyama – Part 1” and “Part 2”, and “Katanga Sacred Tunes – Part 1” and “Part 2”. They also have the Hall Anthem in instrumental form.

SoundCloud: You can listen to the “Katanga Morale (gyama) 2019 Version” by LOUIS TV.

YouTube: There is a video titled “Katanga Morale – jama (Charging)” which you can watch.

Conclusion

The Katanga Alumni Network has grown quickly and now has branches in Ghana, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

The network hosts social events, reunions, and fundraising events to bring former Katanga students together and to support the Katanga community.

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