Advancing Creative Industries for Development in Ghana
I am completing my Ph.D under the auspices of this DANIDA-funded project.
Focusing on performing arts, film, fashion design and visual arts, Advancing Creative Industries for Development in Ghana (ACIG) is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project examining the impact of existing Cultural and Creative Industry policy and government initiatives in Ghana with a long-term goal of securing decent jobs and viable businesses in the CCI sector.
Webster University Ghana
I presently lecture at Webster University: a truly global university based in Missouri (USA) with campuses in Ghana, China, Greece, Switzerland, Thailand, Vienna, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, and Uzbekistan. Webster students are some of the most internationally-minded I have ever met, benefitting from an American degree while learning the meaning of global citizenship with opportunities to study and complete their degrees in any of these campuses.
Oroko is a not-for-profit independent internet radio station based in Accra, Ghana through whom I host LO-LIFE: a show exploring twenty years of alternative Ghanaian music. They aim to connect, inspire and empower through conversation, collaboration and community, and – as a veteran of Accra’s alternative music scene – I am proud of their existence.
The Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art
The Kuenyehia Prize identifies, rewards and helps develop Ghana’s most outstanding artists between the ages of 25 and 40. Winners and runners-up benefit from prize money and materials totalling GHS 35,000 each season. I am presently the chair of the Kuenyehia Board of Trustees.
The prominence that the Prize gives to its artists provides them with an accelerated boost in their careers, direct financial gain and immense opportunity both locally and internationally.
The Miles Morland African Writers Scholarship
Based in London, the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF)’s main aim is to support entities in Africa which allow Africans to get their voices better heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African literature.
The Foundation runs a yearly African writing scholarship scheme, which aims to give writers of both fiction and non-fiction the financial freedom to complete an English-language book. In 2020, I was one of four chosen from 992 entries from across the African continent to benefit from this scholarship.
I left Ashesi University in 2018 after eight years during which I learned to become the teacher that I am today. Besides its’ beautiful campus, Ashesi boasts a team of some of the most inspiring people – students and teachers alike – that I have ever worked with. While lacking degrees in arts and humanities subjects, Ashesi is a perfect space for students of business, engineering and computer science.