Emeritus Prof. J.H. Kwabena Nketia was born on June 22, 1921 at Mampong Asante. He was a composer, ethnomusicologist, and a writer. He had over 200 publications and more than 80 musical compositions to his credit.
He was Acting Principal, Presbyterian Training College, AkropongAkuapem, First African Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Professor of Music, University of Ghana, Professor of Music at UCLA, Horatio Appleton Lamb Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Visiting Cornell Professor at Swarthmore College, Distinguished Hannah Professor of Integrative Studies at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Visiting Professor at the University of Brisbane in Australia, Visiting Professor at the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, Andrew Mellon Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, and Langston Hughes Professor at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
He was the Chancellor, Akrofi-Christallor Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture, Akropong-Akuapem, a Foundation Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts & Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society of Great Britain, and Ireland, Honorary Member of the International Music Council (IMC-UNESCO), Honorary Fellow Of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Honorary Member of the Pan-African Writers Association (PAWA), Member of the International Jury for the Proclamation by UNESCO of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, and Board Member of the National Commission on Culture, Republic of Ghana.
His numerous Awards included Cowell Award of the African Music Society, Companion of the Order of Star of Ghana, Grand Medal of the Government of Ghana (Civil Division), Ghana Book Award, ECRAG Special Honour Award (1987), Ghana Gospel Music Special Award (2003), ACRAG Flagstar Award (1993), ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his book on the Music of Africa, IMC-UNESCO Music Prize for Distinguished Service to Music, Prince Claus 1997 Award for Distinguished Service to Culture & Development, the Year 2000 Distinguished Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the USA for Life-long Devotion to African Studies, and DLitt(Honoris Causa) of the University of Ghana.
He passed away in 2019.
Professor S.K.B. Asante, a product of Abuakwa State College, Achimota School, University of Ghana, and London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, is the Executive Director of both the Centre for Regional Integration in Africa (CRIA) and the S. K. B. Asante International Consultancy Services (SAICs); Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Professor and Mrs. S. K. B. Asante Educational Trust Fund; Member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Fiscal Studies; Professor of the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), and a Fellow of Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A former Head of Department of Political Science, University of Ghana; Professor and African Area Studies Consultant, University of Florida, Gainesville, United States; Director, United Nations Institute for Namibia; Principal Regional Adviser and Coordinator of the United Nations Multidisciplinary Regional Advisory Group at the Cabinet Office of the Economic Commission for Africa.
Professor Asante has been working in the field of regional integration for more than three decades and was selected by the United Nations African Institute for Economic Planning and Development (IDEP) for its very first Documentary Series (2015) on the Makers and Shakers of African Development, highlighting his distinguished contribution towards “Achieving Integration in West Africa”. Professor Asante was awarded the ORDER OF THE VOLTA (2008), a Ghana National Award, for distinguishing himself in Public Service, and the Ghana Book Award for Distinguished Writers (1980).
In 2007, Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, conferred on Professor Asante “OKYEMAN KANEA”, Okyeman’s highest award, in recognition of his distinguished achievement in public life and numerous contributions towards the development of Okyeman.
Professor Asante has published prolifically, especially on regional integration, governance and African development and serves as consultant to a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, World Bank, African Development Bank, European Union, ECOWAS and the African Leadership Forum.