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Ọbádélé Bakari Kambon

Position: 
Senior Research Fellow
Email: 
okambon@ug.edu.gh; obadele.kambon@gmail.com
Office: 
Kwame Nkrumah Complex, Institute of African Studies
Section: 
Language, Literature, and Drama Section
Education
  • PhD Linguistics, University of Ghana, Legon-Accra (2012)
  • MA Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (2005)
  • MA African Languages and Literature, minor in Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (2005)
  • BA African American Studies – Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Publications

Books

Amfo, Nana Aba Appiah, Tọ́pẹ́ Ọmọniyì, Nii Teiko Teigo, Ọbádélé Kambon, and Kofi Korankye Saah. (2018). Therapeutic Communication Competencies for Nurses and Midwives. Accra: Digibooks.

Bak, Shmsw (Armah, A. K., Attah, A., Bentsi-Enchill, N. K., Blondin, C. A., Delpechin, J., Diop, D., Kambon, Ọ., Somet, Y., Shabaka, L. (2018). Skhmkht Ea. Popenguine, Senegal: Per Ankh. (Yorùbá translation only)

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Kambon, Ọ., & Appiagyei-Atua, K. (2018). The Exportation and Imposition of Statues and why Gandhi Still Must Fall in Ghana. In O. Rhodes Must Fall Movement (Ed.), Rhodes Must Fall: The Struggle to Decolonise the Racist Heart of Empire. London: Zed Books. https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/R/bo31263677.html

Kambon, Ọ[1]., & Adjei, G. K. (2017). Singing Truth to Power and the Disempowered: The Case of Lucky Mensah and his Song, “Nkratoɔ”. In A. Olukotun & S. Omotoso (Eds.), Political Communication in Africa (pp. 133-158). Berlin: Springer. http://www.springer.com/la/book/9783319486307

Abdellatif, M., & Kambon, Ọ. (2017). Recalling a Common Struggle for Pan-Africanism: Nkrumah’s and Nasser’s Policies on the Congo Crisis (1960-1966). In A. K. Awedoba, J. U. Gordon, E. Sutherland-Addy, & A. A. Ampofo (Eds.), Revisiting African Studies in a Globalized World (pp. 63-76). Tema, Ghana: Smartline.

Published Research Work in Refereed Journals

Kambon, Ọ., & Asare, Y. M. (2019). Humanities and Sciences as Complementary Aspects of an Afrikan=Black Whole: Evidence from Archeoastronomy. Legon Journal of the Humanities, 30(2).

Kambon, Ọ. (2019). & Yeboah, Nana Yaw Mireku. What Afrikan Names May (or May Not) Tell Us about the State of Pan-Afrikanism. Journal of Black Studies, 50(6), 569–601. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0021934719867923

Kambon, Ọ. (2019). Ku Nseke and Ku Mpèmba: The Dikènga Theory as Evinced Through Content and Function of Akan Ananse Stories and Yorùbá Ìjàpá Tales. Contemporary Journal of African Studies, 6(2).

Kambon, Ọ. (2018). Afrikan Combat Forms Hidden in Plain Sight: Engolo/Capoeira, Knocking-and-Kicking and Asafo Flag Dancing. Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, 11(10). http://www.jpanafrican.org/vol12no4.htm

Kambon, Ọ., & Duah, R. A. (2017). Non-African Linguists Be Like, "This is a new way to quote!". Ghana Journal of Linguistics - Special Issue, 6(2), 85-115. https://gjl.laghana.org/index.php/gjl/article/view/138

Kambon, Ọ., & Dzahene-Quarshie, J. (2017). Twiswahili or Kiswatwili: A Study of Parallel Proverbs in Akan (Twi) and Kiswahili. Ghana Journal of Linguistics - Special Issue, 6(2), 116-153. https://gjl.laghana.org/index.php/gjl/article/view/139

Kambon, Ọ. (2017). Akan Ananse Stories, Yorùbá Ìjàpá Tales, and the Dikenga Theory: Worldview and Structure. Contemporary Journal of African Studies, 4(2), 1-36.

https://www.ajol.info/index.php/contjas/article/view/158437

Kambon, Ọ. (2017). An Intertextual Analysis of Jími Ṣólańkẹ́’s Ọ̀nà Là (In The Path) via the Multiple Star System Theory of Mutual Illumination and Interaction. Legon Journal of the Humanities, 28(1), 62-78. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ljh.v28i1.6

http://coh.ug.edu.gh/sites/coh.ug.edu.gh/files/journal/LEGON%20JOURNAL%20OF%20THE%20HUMANITIES%2028.1%202017.pdf

Appah, C. K. I., Duah, R. A., & Kambon, Ọ. (2017). Akan noun–verb nominal compounds: The exocentric synthetic view. Language Sciences, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.langsci.2017.05.001

Kambon, Ọ. (2017). Intellectual Warfare, Theory and Practice: Gates, Thornton, White World Terror Domination and the War on Afrocentricity. Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, 10(3), 75-99. www.jpanafrican.org/docs/vol10no3/10.3-7-Kambon.pdf

Kambon, Ọ., Osam, E. K., & Amfo, N. A. (2015). A Case for Revisiting Definitions of Serial Verb Constructions – Evidence from Akan Serial Verb Nominalization. Studies in African Linguistics, 44(2), 75-99. http://sal.research.pdx.edu/PDF/442Kambon.pdf

Kambon, Ọ. (2015). Theory of Endogenous and Exogenous Motivation in L2 Migration. Per Linguam, 31(2), 1-20. http://perlinguam.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/594

Brindle, J., Dakubu, M. E. K., & Kambon, Ọ. (2015). Kiliji, An Unrecorded Spiritual Language of Eastern Ghana. Journal of West African Languages, 42(1), 65-88.  http://main.journalofwestafricanlanguages.org/index.php/downloads/download/122-volume-42-number-1/562-kiliji-an-unrecorded-spiritual-language-of-eastern-ghana

Kambon, Ọ. (2015). Legacies and the Impact of Trans-Atlantic Enslavement on the Diaspora. Journal of Pan African Studies, 8(8), 41-61. http://www.jpanafrican.org/docs/vol8no7/8.7-5-Obadele.pdf

Peer-Reviewed Encyclopedic Articles

Kambon, Ọ. (2015). Acquisition of African Languages. In M. J. Shujaa & K. J. Shujaa (Eds.), Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America (pp. 105-109). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.  http://knowledge.sagepub.com/view/the-sage-encyclopedia-of-african-cultural-heritage-in-north-america/i1533.xml

Kambon, Ọ. Africanisms in Contemporary English. M. J. Shujaa & K. J. Shujaa (Eds.). Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America (pp. 192-198). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

http://knowledge.sagepub.com/view/the-sage-encyclopedia-of-african-cultural-heritage-in-north-america/i2173.xml

Edited Journal Issues

Kambon, Ọ. (2019). Ghana Journal of Linguistics, 8(2).

https://laghana.org/gjl/index.php/gjl/issue/view/17

Kambon, Ọ. (2019). Ghana Journal of Linguistics, 8(1).

https://laghana.org/gjl/index.php/gjl/issue/view/16

Adika, G., Kambon, Ọ. (2018). Ghana Journal of Linguistics, 7(2).

https://laghana.org/gjl/index.php/gjl/issue/view/15

Kambon, Ọ. (2018). Ghana Journal of Linguistics, 7(1), 1-120.

https://laghana.org/gjl/index.php/gjl/issue/view/14

Kambon, Ọ. (2017). Ghana Journal of Linguistics, 6(3), 1-138.

https://laghana.org/gjl/index.php/gjl/issue/view/13

Kambon, Ọ. (2017). Ghana Journal of Linguistics, 6(1), 1-127. http://laghana.org/gjl/index.php/gjl/issue/view/11

Kambon, Ọ. (2016). Ghana Journal of Linguistics, 5(1), 1-81. http://laghana.org/gjl/index.php/gjl/issue/view/9


[1] Corresponding Author.

National and International Conferences and Workshops

Date

Presentation

Conference/Workshop

6 February 2020

A Crosslinguistic Study of Body Part Expressions in Ancient and Contemporary Afrikan Languages: Akan, Yorùbá, Kiswahili and  mdw nTr

1st African Pragmatics Conference

19 January 2020

Maat vs egalitarianism: Critique of Ataa Ayi Kwei Armah's Wat nt Shemsw

Afrocentricity International

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

23 December 2020

What If? Self-Knowledge vs. Self-Ignorance

Afro-Triping 2019

26 November 2019

400 Years? Enduring Historical misorientation and disorientation - Replacing Arbitrary Anglocentrism with Evidence-based Afrikan-Centered Analysis

Nakumbuka Conference at IAS, University of Ghana

13 November 2019

Linguistic Body Part Expressions in Akan, Yorùbá, Kiswahili, and  Mdw Ntr

Linguistics Department Seminar, University of Ghana

8 November 2019

Future of Pan-Afrikanism: Streams of Original Authentic Black Pan-Afrikanism vs. Continentalist All-Africanism

Keynote – Nairobi Future of Pan-Africanism Talk

26 October 2019

EOTO - The Community-Building Study-Work Model

Keynote – Each One Teach One, Berlin, Germany (Streamed)

22 October 2019

“Ahene mu Hene”: Deɛ Ɛbunkam deɛ aka no nyinaa (Mpɔmpɔnsoɔ) wɔ Akan, Yorùbá, ne  mdw nTr mu with C.K.I. Appah and R. Akuɔko Duah

SOLCON III, University of Ghana

22 October 2019

Akomamusɛm Nnyinahɔma wɔ Akan ne Kiswahili with Josephine Dzahene Quarshie

SOLCON III, University of Ghana

22 October 2019

Kɛseɛyɔ ho Nsɛmfua-nhyehyɛɛ ne Nkyerɛaseɛ wɔ Akan Kasa mu

with C.K.I. Appah and R. Akuɔko Duah

SOLCON III, University of Ghana

19 October 2019

Our Cultural Heritage: Key to Our Development: Culture and Development talk

Akuafo Hall, University of Ghana

10 October 2019

T.R.H. Nana Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Nana Kwame Nkrumah: Convergences and Divergences – Streams of Black Pan-Afrikanism vs. Continentalist All-Africanism

Black Star Line Cooperative Credit Union Anniversary

25 September 2019

African Combat Forms Hidden in Plain Sight [UNESCO-ICM 2019]

UNESCO-ICM, 2nd Afrikan Regional Martial Arts Congress, Accra, Ghana

25 September 2019

The Potential Role of UNESCO-ICM in Combating Cultural Imperialism & Cultural Misorientation

Keynote – UNESCO-ICM, 2nd Afrikan Regional Martial Arts Congress, Accra, Ghana

15 August 2019

Cómo los blancos previenen la unificación de los negros y qué debemos hacer al respecto

Universidad del Pacífico, Colombia

8 August 2019

On creation and origins

"Year of Return" Afrikan "Genesis" Festival

7 August 2019

400 Years? Enduring Historical misorientation and disorientation and Ghana's #YearOfReturn

Heritage and Cultural Studies Association, Accra

6 August 2019

400 years? Replacing Arbitrary Anglocentrism with Evidence-based Afrikan-Centered Analysis

Year of Return Conference 2019, GIMPA

11 July 2019

Politicians, Prostiticians, and The Ghana united snakkkes Military Base Agreement

Ghana Studies Association 2019, School of Law, University of Ghana

29 April 2019

Why Kemet Matters: Okunini Ọ̣bádélé Kambon

CIEE Lecture Series, University of Ghana

14 March 2019

What was Israel in relation to Afrikan=Black People: The Danger of a Single Story

IAS Lecture Series, University of Ghana

6 February 2019

The Afrikan=Black People who Emancipated Themselves: CIEE BHM Lecture

CIEE Black History Month Lecture, University of Ghana

6 November 2018

Critique of Ayi Kwei Armah's Wat nt Shemsw

The First Outstanding African Thinkers Conference on Chinweizu, IAS, University of Ghana

31 July 2018

Morpho-semantics of Superlatives, Augmentatives and Pseudo-augmentative Constructions in Akan with Dr. Clement Appah and Dr. R. Akuɔko Duah

Linguistics Association of Ghana 2018. University of Ghana

19 June 2018

Marcus Garvey, Authentic Pan-Afrikanism and Afrikan=Black Identity

Marcus Garvey Awards Ball and Banquet Launch

 

30 March 2018

Intergenerational Transmission: Culture, Leadership and NationBuilding

Sankɔfa Conference 2018 Keynote (Livestreamed)

13 October 2017

What Afrikan Names May (or May Not) Tell Us about the State of Pan-Afrikanism

with Nana Yaw Mmireku Yɛboah

African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA) 2017. University of Ghana.

22 February 2018

Du Bois and the Human Rights Agenda

150th Anniversary Symposium

28 June 2017

“You Can Sit Down Next to white Folks – on the Toilet” – Integration, Apartheid, and Untouchability. with Nana Yaw Mireku Yɛboah.

The 2nd Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Intellectual & Cultural Festival. University of Ghana.

24 June 2017

Ministry of the Future Benin Delegation Citizenship Workshop at IAS. with Dr. Hamet Maulana

Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

30 March 2017

The Ancient Afrikan Origins of Pan-Afrikanism – A Textual Analysis. with Dr. De-Valera N.Y.M. Botchway.

African Studies Seminar. University of Ghana

3 December 2016

Divest from America - Invest in Africa: Make Afrika Great Again!

ASAA panel live streamed to ASA in Washington, DC

27 July 2016

Akan and Yorùbá Serial Verb Construction Nominals as Idioms.

Linguistics Association of Ghana. GILLBT, Tamale.

26 May 2016

Video for Engagement in the African Classroom and Beyond.

eLearning Africa International Conference 2016 |:| Khere-Ohe (Cairo), Kmt (Egypt).

20 April 2016

Writing in Akan: Misspellings, Typos, Deviations or Innovations? An Akan (Twi) Case Study on Lexicalization, Idiomaticity and Semantic Opacity.

Department of Linguistics Seminar, University of Ghana.

14 April 2016

African Militaristic Forms Hidden in Plain Sight: Capoeira, Asafo and Knockin-and-kickin’.

Institute of African Studies. University of Ghana

30 November 2015

ReAfrikanization and Dewhitenization for Total Afrikan Liberation: Towards a Methodology for Self-Transformation.

Ministry of the Future Program. Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

13 November 2015

Why  Kemet (Ancient Egypt) Matters.  

Afrikan Renaissance Foundation. Department of Archaeology. University of Ghana

28 October 2015

Lexicalization and Issues of Semantic Analysis in Serial Verb Construction Nominalization.

School of Languages Conference 2015 (SOLCON 1)

27 October 2015

Twi Abɛɛfosɛm: Kasa, Kankorɔ ne Nkɔsoɔ (Twi Neologisms: Language, Progress and Development).

School of Languages Conference 2015 (SOLCON 1)

15 October 2015

The Ancient African Origins of Pan-Africanism. with Dr. De-Valera N.Y.M. Botchway.

African Studies Association of Africa. University of Ìbàdàn.

10 October 2015

How you can make it on African Soil: An Abibitumi Kasa Case Study.

Africana Conference 2015. University of Cape Coast.

21 September 2015

The Forces Arrayed Against Africa: Cultural and Spiritual Warfare.

Founder’s Day 2015. University of Ghana.

29 July, 2015

Non-African Linguists Be Like “This is a new way to quote! with Dr. Reginald Akuɔko Duah.

Linguistics Association of Ghana 2015. KNUST College of Science

28 July 2015

KiswaTwili or TwiSwahili: A Study of Parallel Proverbs in Akan (Twi) and Kiswahili. with Dr. Josephine Dzahene-Quarshie.

Linguistics Association of Ghana 2015. KNUST College of Science.

 

22 May 2015

Experiences at The World’s Largest Online African Language Learning Institute.

e-Learning Africa Conference 2015. African Union, Addis Ababa.

24 April 2015

The Humanities and the Sciences as Complementary Aspects of an African Whole.

NYU/IAS Conference on the Humanities.

20 March 2015

Harnessing Our Culture for National Development: The Role of the Ghanaian Student.

Legon Archaeology Students' Association African Arts Festival (AAFEST). Archaeology Department, University of Ghana.

4 December 2014

Parallels between Akan Ananse Stories and Yorùbá Ìjàpá Tales: Structure, Function, Content and Worldview.

IAS Weekly Thursday Seminar. University of Ghana Institute of African Studies.

28 November 2014

Transformations through Study Abroad: My Experience.

CIEE 20th Anniversary Keynote. University of Ghana - International House

15 October 2014

Serial Verb Nominalization in Akan: A question of intervening elements.

Linguistics Department Seminar. University of Ghana Linguistics Department.

28th July 2014

Chanting YorùbÁkan: A Stylistic Analysis of Jími Ṣólańkẹ́'s ‘Ọ̀nà Là’

Linguistics Association of Ghana 2014. University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

28th July, 2014

Legacies of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade on the Diaspora.

20th Anniversary of UNESCO Slave Route Project Talk. University of Ghana Institute of African Studies

24 May 2014

Neo-Colonialism as an Impediment

Opening Keynote Speech Model African Union Conference. SOS Hermann Gmeiner International College

7 March 2014

Africanisms in Contemporary English with specific reference to Ebonics in the US.  

IAS Weekly Thursday Seminar. Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

23 October 2013

Recurrent Sound Correspondences of Akan and Yorùbá: Towards Proto-Benue-Kwa C1 Reconstruction.

Department of Linguistics Seminar, University of Ghana.

30 July 2013

Serial Verb Nominalization in Akan.

Linguistics Association of Ghana (LAG), University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.

4 November 2011

Serial Verb Nominalization in Akan and Yorùbá: Towards a cross-linguistic typology.

Linguistics Department Seminar. University of Ghana

9 August 2011

Analytic Causatives in Akan. with Reginald Duah

Linguistics Association of Ghana (LAG). KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana

June 2011

Afrikan Worldview and Afrikan Spirituality.

Adaa, Ghana

30 September 2009

Serial Verbs in African Language Syntax and the Morphosyntactic Interface: A Formally Functional Approach

Department of Linguistics Seminar. University of Ghana

27 September 2006

What Black Studies Can Do for You

Chicago State University.

18 March 2006

Linguistic Connections between Akan, Yorùbá and Mdw Ntr

Teaching About Africa Professional Development Seminar Series. Kemetic Institute. Northeastern Illinois University.

10 October 2005

Faculty of Language: what is it, who has it and how did it evolve?

Seminar on Syntax. UW-Madison

20 April 2005

Yoruba Greetings and the Yoruba (African) Worldview

World Languages Day. UW-Madison

May 2004

Ìwà-pẹ̀lẹ́ and Ìwà rere: Yorùbá Conceptions of Good Character (in honor of Baba Jedi Shemsu Djehewty aka Dr. Jacob Carruthers).

21st Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) Conference, Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL

17 November 2003

Cultural Unity of Worldview and Ethos in the Akan and Yoruba Oral Narrative Traditions.

Seminar on African Mythology. UW-Madison

27 June 2003

The Importance of Reclaiming African Language/Worldview and the Responsibility of the African Language Teacher.

Special Keynote: National African Language Resource Center Summer Teacher Training and Curriculum Development Institute. UW-Madison.

29 April 2003

Ona La: A Stylistic Analysis of Jimi Solanke’s Poetry

African Languages and Literature Graduate Student Colloquium

Teaching and Supervision
  1. Undergraduate Only

UGRC 220: Intro to African Studies

UGRC 235-238: Intro to African Languages

UGRC 238: Introductory Conversational Akan (Twi)

  1. Post-graduate

AFST 638: Foundations of African Thought

AFST 640: Seminar I: Academic Writing (with Dr. Akrofi Ansah)

AFST 607: African Oral Narratives (Prof. Sutherland-Addy and Dr. Nanbigne)

AFST 645: The Writing System of Mdw Ntr (Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs)

AFST 647: Connections between Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Contemporary African Languages

AFST 648: Readings in Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Supervision

Gumbe, Nangamso. (In progress). Transitioning Places: An Exploration of The Interdependency Between Collective Afrikan Thought and Communal Spaces.

Ɔkyere, Bright Ɔhene. (In progress). The Dynamics of African Proverbs: Akan And Yorùbá.

Bodua-Mango, Ruth. (In progress). An Ethno-linguistic Investigation of Safaliba Personal Names and Nomenclature Systems.

Opare, Grace. (In progress). An Ethnographic Study of Duabɔ Among the People of Asante-Akyem Agogo.

Adjandeh, E. (2018). The Socio-Cultural Life of the Eʋe Peoples Through Funeral Poetry: A Case Study of the Akpini People of The Volta Region, Ghana. (Ph.D.), University of Ghana, Legon.  

Jones, D. (2017). Black Existentialism: A Historico-Philosophical Analysis of Black Experiences in America. University of Ghana, MPhil. (I eventually resigned from this committee due to student not following advice/instructions).