Ashesi Innovators

Innovation is a core tenet of the Ashesi Education. Our faculty, alumni and students are renowned for their entrepreneurial spirit and strive to take intellectual risks in the pursuit of knowledge. Below we highlight the work of these Ashesi Innovators.



Bringing hope to Accra’s most toxic dumpsites
In the heart of Accra lies Agbobloshie, a dumpsite for e-waste from around the world. While Agbobloshie has been labeled a growing crisis by global media, Ashesi lecturer Yaw Dankwah (DK) Osseo-Asare, is working to reinvent the scrapyard into a site for maker spaces and centers of digital fabrication.

Learn more about DK’s maker spaces.


Creating safe spaces for the children of kayayei
For most head porters (kayayei) in Accra, affordable child care is out of reach. Now with help from the Ford Foundation, Rose Dodd ’09, an Ashesi alumna and lecturer, has opened an early childhood development center to help kayayei mothers.

Learn more about Kaya ChildCare Center.


The Ahote Project
A team of Ashesi students is helping to improve waste management practices in Berekuso. The team pays community members to collect and deliver recyclables to recycling centers, and has fabricated compost barrels, whose waste is then used as farm mulch.

Learn more about the Ahote Project.


 Tech Needs Girls SlantTech Needs Girls
Regina Agyare ’05 founded this mentorship program to empower girls from to lead and innovate by learning to code. Regina has been featured on CNN, Germany’s international broadcaster, DW, and the best seller Lean In.

Learn more about Tech Needs Girls.

VR Alumni SlantNubianVR – pioneering virtual reality for Africa
“We create immersive virtual experiences and technology for a wide range of applications. We are passionate about Virtual Reality (VR) technology and its potential to create a positive impact in Africa” say Jonathan Dotse ‘14 & Kabiru Seidu ’13. The duo are now working with Ashesi to research possibilities of 3D printing for VR devices.

Learn more about NubianVR.


Sesa Mu Slant

Sesa Mu – reinventing pineapple farming in Ghana
Created by two Ashesi alums, “Sesa mu” an Akan phrase meaning change, gives back to by hosting an Annual Agribusiness Day, where Ashesi students can learn about innovative career opportunities in agriculture.

Learn more about Sesa Mu.


Alumni bridge gaps in science education with VR labs
Ghanaian schools often have poorly resourced laboratories, leaving students to rely on their teachers and textbooks to try to understand science. To help fill this gap, Constant Likudie ’18 and Samuel Agyeman ’17 are offering virtual science labs to local junior high school students.



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