Dr. Kofi Saah holds a B.A. (Honors) in English and Linguistics from the University of Ghana, Legon, M.A. in Linguistics from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Saah has lectured at University of Ghana, Legon’s Department of Linguistics since 1984. He was appointed to the position of Senior Lecturer in 1990, and served as chair of the department from 1998 to 2000. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in theoretical linguistics: phonetics, morphology, syntax and semantics. He has taught the linguistics of the Akan/Twi language and supervised student projects/dissertations at both levels. He has taught the Twi language to American exchange students at the University of Ghana since 1995.
Michael Williams is the Executive Director of the Aya Centre, a single-purpose, multi-service organization, located in Accra, designed to enhance the learning experience and cultural awareness of persons traveling to Ghana. For twelve years prior to his work with the Aya Centre, Dr. Williams served as the Resident Director in Ghana for the Council on International Educational Exchange. During this period he was also an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Ghana. Before moving to, and settling in, Ghana, Dr. Williams taught at various universities in the United States for fifteen years, last serving as an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of Africana Studies at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned his BA at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Sociology, and his MA and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Williams teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of race and ethnicity, African-American familial life, the sociology of knowledge, Diasporan Studies, and Pan-Africanism, and is the founder and editor of the Nkrumaist Review: Pan-Africanist Perspectives on African Affairs.
James Anquandah was educated at the University of Ghana where he majored in History and Archaeology and at the University of Oxford, UK. He was the Chair of the Archaeology Department of the University of Ghana from 1976 – 1981 and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1991-1997. In addition to his own archaeological projects in Ghana, he has been involved in international projects, including UNESCO Slave Route Archival research, UNESCO project on traditional beads production and marketing, and the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities project on Cape Coast and Elmina Slave Castles in Ghana. He is the author of Rediscovering Ghana, Castles and Forts of Ghana, and editor of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Landmarks, Legacies and Expectations.
A literary scholar, researcher, educator and former Minister of State, Esi Sutherland is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, where she chairs the Language, Literature and Drama Department. She is co-editor of the West African and Sahelian volume of Women Writing Africa, a project of the Feminist Press. Dr. Sutherland was educated at the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a former Deputy Minister of Education and also of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Ghana. Currently, she is a Senior Fellow of International Education at the School of Education, University of Manchester, UK and serves on numerous committees, boards and commissions locally and internationally. She has received several awards for her contributions to education and national development.
Poet, literary scholar, and cultural activist, Kofi Anyidoho is currently professor & chair of the Department of English and director of the African Humanities Institute Program at the University of Ghana, Legon. He has also been executive producer and host of Ghana Television's African Heritage Series. Well-known for his unique style of performance-poetry, his published works include five collections of poetry, a bi-lingual [Ewe-English] play for children, and three CD/Cassette recordings of his poetry in Ewe and in English. As a literary scholar, Anyidoho has published numerous journal articles and book chapters worldwide, and edited a number of major books on African literature. He has been a distinguished visiting professor at Swarthmore College and Colorado College, and has also taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. Anyidoho was Vice President and President of the United States based African Literature Association [1998-99]. He was educated at the University of Ghana, Legon, Indiana University, Bloomington and the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Audrey Gadzekpo is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana, with more than 12 years experience of university teaching and research in the areas of media, gender, development and governance. She has more than 17 years practical experience as a journalist, working variously as a reporter, editor, contributor, columnist, talk show host, socio-political commentator, and magazine publisher/editor. She designs training programs in mass-mediated communication, and is a skilled trainer on various aspects of public and interpersonal communication. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham, U.K., an M.A. from Brigham Young University, Utah, USA, and a B.A. in English from the University of Ghana, Legon. Dr. Gadzekpo serves on the boards of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development and the Ghana Integrity Initiative, the editorial board of Feminist Media Studies and is a member of the advisory board of the Public Sector Reform Program in Ghana. She also serves on a number of internal boards and committees at the University of Ghana, where she teaches. In the past she has served on the boards of the Ghana News Agency Board (Jan.2001-Jan.2003), the African Literature Centre, Kitwe, Zambia, 1997, and was on the executive of the African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) 1996-2003. An activist, Dr. Gadzekpo was a domestic election observer in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 general elections in Ghana, and a Commonwealth Election Observer in Mozambique in December 2004.
Nat Amarteifio comes to NYU Accra with a background in Architecture, having trained in that field at Howard University. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Development and Management, a consultancy firm set up to advise district assemblies on the development and implementation of policy as well as the management of projects. From 1994-1998, Nat Amarteifio was the Mayor of Accra (the capital of Ghana) and the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly with a workforce of over 4000 people. He has also worked as a real estate developer and has consulted for several companies in Ghana and abroad. He has served on many national boards and committees. He is currently engaged in a book project on the history of Accra, his native city.
John Collins has been active in the Ghanaian/West African music scene since 1969 as a band leader, music union activist, recording engineer, journalist and writer. He is currently a Professor at the Music Department at the University of Ghana at Legon, is manager of Bokoor Recording Studio, is Acting Chairman of BAPMAF African Music Archives in Accra, is a consultant for the Ghana Musicians Union and Ghana Old Musicians Welfare Association and is co-leader of the Local Dimension highlife band. Visit http://www.scientific-african.org/scholars/jcollins/ to learn more about Dr. Collins.
Dr. Charity S. Akotia is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Ghana. She obtained a B.A. (Honors) from the University of Ghana, a Masters in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario and a Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Ghana. Dr Akotia is passionate about teaching and teaches both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has taught several courses in psychology including community psychology, social psychology, psychology of gender and introductory courses in psychology. She is a member of the International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP) and the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA). Her research interests include gender and work as well as suicide and suicide prevention in Ghana.