Rt. Rev. Prof. Osei Safo-Kantanka is a Full Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics who taught for many years at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. His research interests were on Root and Tuber Crops, especially Cassava. His research accomplishments include the release of three cassava varieties − Tekbankye, Nkabom and IFAD − for cultivation by farmers. He was the first Dean of Students of KNUST and also made several contributions to the life of the University including the founding of the Christian NGO, Africa Leadership Development Center.
He was ordained a Methodist Minister while still a lecturer. On retirement from the University, he was appointed the Director for Lay Ministries and later on was elected as the Bishop of the Kumasi Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana. He served as the Presiding Member of the Asante-Akyem South District Assembly and also as Chairman of the Management Board of CSIR-Crop Research Institute and Chairman of the Council of the Christian Service University College.
He is a Conference Speaker and a gifted Bible Teacher. The major emphasis of his teachings is Leadership Development based on the Bile for the eradication of poverty in Africa. On retirement from active ministry in the Methodist Church, he has founded The Bishop Kantanka Teaching Ministries (BKTM) in which he undertakes teachings in Churches and Organizations and on Radio and Television. An important wing of his ministry is The Movement for the Eradication of Poverty in Africa through the Church (MEPAC).
He is married to Mary and are blessed with five adult children and many grandchildren.