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Kwesi Aikins

Ghanaian, West African and diasporan history and politics had been the focal points of my academic interest for years when I came to IAS for the second semester of 2005 with the desire to learn not just about, but in Ghana and West Africa, to be taught not just about, but by Ghanaians.

Christine Oppong

I was very happy to join the first batch of MA students at the Institute when it was opened. I came straight from doing a first degree in Cambridge in Social Anthropology. We felt like pioneers and came from several countries. We were in good company. People went on to all kinds of careers in academia, politics, diplomacy. I took an extra year to complete my studies, as I got married and had a baby in the middle.

Gifty Dzah

I enjoyed my study time at IAS. The courses were practical and made me feel very African. I liked the fact that the institute admitted students of different backgrounds; I had course mates of varied backgrounds...lawyer, advertiser, Reverend, teacher, activists, and drama productions director among others and this always made coursework very interesting because we had the opportunity to use our background experiences and thoughts in our presentations.

Kaneisha Grayson

After her year as a foreign student at the University of Ghana - Legon in the African Studies Department, Kaneisha Grayson moved to Boston, MA to pursue an MBA & MPA at Harvard University. She graduated in May 2010, and now lives in Santa Monica, California.

Emmanuel Sackey

Currently serves as the Director of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf. Prior to the last appointment I was a research and Information officer at the Ghana Federation of the Disabled.

In sum the nature of my job centers around, Disability Right Advocacy, Project Management, Research and Publication, Fund Raising and some element of Public Relations.

Michael Pervarah

I was offered admission in 2006 to pursue an MA/Mphil in African Studies at the Institute of African Studies, Legon. The choice of courses, particularly the optional once, was shredded in myths and misconception but my goal was to engage in real academic rigor to build capacities to face the intricacies of life.

Jacob Abdu

I am Jacob I. Abdu, currently a lecturer of African Studies in Tamale Polytechnic. I joined the Institute of African Studies as a post graduate student (MA/MPhil) student in August 2006. I graduated with an MPhil degree in 2009. My thesis was on "traditional care practices for the mentally challenged children in the Tamale metropolis" with Dr. Osman Alhassan and Prof. S.A.

Andrea Ford

I studied at the IAS as a foreign student from the United States, and participating in the program made my experience living in Ghana immeasurably richer. I gained insights about African cultures - traditional, modern, and in many ways intertwined - through both course material and the experience of working (and relaxing) with my wonderful, collaborative colleagues there.

Korklu Laryea

I chose to use part of my one-and-a-half years Sabbatical to study. And I chose IAS because I wanted to learn something new. I had been working as a librarian at the Johannes Zimmermann Library of the Akrofi-Christaller Institute in Akropong-Akuapem for twelve years and needed a break. The Institute is a theological one and I had to work with lots of material in that field. But it also meant I had to know Africa since theology is very much contextual.

Peter de Marco

I pursued a MA at IAS for the 2008-09 academic year. I focused on agricultural policy. My thesis addressed perspectives on the global food crisis within Ghana. For me the most exciting part about IAS is the intellectual cross-pollination that it promotes among students and professors with different academic specialties.

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