Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, being assisted by the Director of the Institute of African Studies, Prof. Akosua Adomako Ampofo and the first Occupant of the Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho to perform the symbolic installation
Professor Emeritus Jacob U. Gordon has been installed as the second occupant of the Kwame Nkrumah chair in African Studies, at a colourful ceremony at the Great Hall of the University. The installation was performed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, assisted by the Director of the Institute of African Studies, Prof. Akosua Adomako Ampofo and the first Occupant of the Kwame Nkrumah chair in African Studies, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, who was the Chairman for the occasion, said the University is privileged to have Prof. Gordon occupy such an important office, because of the wealth of experience he will bring to African Studies programmes. He added that through his personal interaction with him, he is convinced that Prof. Gordon has the needed expertise to handle the position.
Prof. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Director of the Institute of African Studies
In her welcome address, the Director of the Institute of African Studies, (IAS) Prof. Akosua Adomako Ampofo, said the Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies was established to recognize the role of Kwame Nkrumah in the Pan Africanist movement and discourse. She acknowledged the sponsorship from AngloGold Ashanti which is providing core funding for the Chair as well as the Annual Lecture on Business in Africa.
Mr. Peter Anderton, Senior Vice-President of AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana)
The Senior Vice-President of AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana), Mr. Peter Anderton, said the installation ceremony marks another step in the relationship between his organization and the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies. He noted that AngloGold Ashanti is committed to promoting study and research opportunities through long term partnerships with key educational establishments. He outlined the various developmental projects that the organization has been undertaking and said that they are aligned with the vision Kwame Nkrumah had for Africa.
Professor Emeritus Jacob U. Gordon
Professor Emeritus Jacob U. Gordon delivered his inaugural lecture on the topic, ‘Winning the future for African Studies in Africa’. He emphasized the inter-disciplinary nature of African Studies, noting that contrary to the perceptions by many people, African Studies transcends beyond History and Sociology.
Professor Emeritus Gordon expressed displeasure at the fact that African Studies is stronger in the America, Europe and Asia, than it is in Africa. He stressed on the fact that Kwame Nkrumah had foresight to promote the study of African Studies in the University by establishing Institute of African Studies and that there was the need to build on this vision. He said African Studies is relevant to national development and provides a sense of identity.
Prof. Gordon made a strong case for the formation of an African Studies Association in Africa, adding that more resources from both government and private sector need to be committed to African Studies.
Professor Kweku Osam, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
In closing remarks, Professor Kweku Osam, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, thanked Professor Gordon for the Lecture, which he described as insightful and challenging. He reechoed the importance of knowing our identity as Africans. Prof. Osam expressed gratitude to AngloGold Ashanti for their partnership and collaboration as well as other sponsors. He also thanked Director of IAS and other Faculty members for organizing a successful event.
The Installation ceremony was attended by past Directors of the Institute of African studies, members of the University community, traditional leaders and the general public.
PICTURES FROM THE EVENT
Professor Emeritus Gordon arriving at the venue with his wife
From right, Professor Emeritus Jacob U. Gordon, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, Prof. Akosua Adomako Ampofo and Mr. Peter Anderton
Some Chiefs and Queen mothers who graced the occasion
An attentive audience at the lecture