Senior Lecturer and Director of the Center for African Popular Culture, Dr. Oduro-Frimpong, has been named one of four convenors for an Africa Institute initiative focused on exploring African communities through a range of scholarly and public programs. Other conveners for the Global Ghana event include scholars Akosua Adomako Ampofo (Professor of African and Gender Studies at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana), Jean Allman (J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities and Professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University), and Carina Ray (H. Coplan Chair of Social Sciences and Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Brandeis University).
Global Ghana will include a two-part interdisciplinary scholarly conference beginning with Global Ghana: Sites of Departure/Sites of Return held in Sharjah, UAE, followed by Global Ghana: In Search of Africa’s Black Star, held in Accra, Ghana. The multidisciplinary program will also include a film festival, a series of musical performances, a staged theatrical performance, and an exhibition showcasing dynamic work by contemporary Ghanaian artists. The season will be launched with a keynote lecture and press conference in Fall 2021, followed by a musical concert featuring an eclectic mix of popular Ghanaian musicians.