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Ayesu Ebenezer

EBENEZER AYESU - SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW & SENIOR TUTOR, JUBILEE HALL

Ebenezer Ayesu is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. He studied at the Indiana University, Bloomington, IN for his Ph.D. While in the US, he worked as Visiting Faculty in the department of History at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. His teaching and research focus on African History with special emphasis on Traditional Institutions; Festivals and Royal Funerals; 18th and 19th centuries European activities in West Africa; Biographies and the African Diaspora. He has published on Afro-Brazilians in Ghana; Chieftaincy, Church and the family in Ghana; the African Diaspora; Biographies; Youth unemployment and superstition; and Marriage, Gender and Labour relations in Ghana. He has produced a documentary on Amanokrom Odwira Festival. He is currently working on Asafo monographs.

His hobbies include reading, listening to Music (reggae; Ghanaian Highlife music {old school}; Country music; and gospel); designing- clothes.
He is married with five children, two boys and three girls

PUBLICATIONS

 Book Chapters

  • Ayesu Ebenezer. 2003. “Conflict of Institutions: Church, Family and the State: A case study of Adawso-Akuapem, 1960-1980,” Irene Odotei and Albert Awedoba, (eds), Chieftaincy in Ghana: Culture, Governance and Development, Sub-Saharan Publishers. pp. 493-504.
  • Ayesu Ebenezer. “The African Diaspora”, in Takyiwaa Mawah and Esi Sutherlands, (eds), Textbook on African Studies, (forthcoming).

 Journal Articles

  •  Ayesu Ebenezer and Amos, Alcione. . 2003. “I am a Brazilian: Afro- Brazilians (Tabon) in Ghana”, Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana, vol. 3 pp 35-58.
  •  Ayesu Ebenezer. 2012. “Billboards, Youth, Unemployment and Superstition in Mamfe Akuapem (Ghana)”, Journal of Asian and African Studies, vol. 47, no. 6 (pages yet to be determined by publisher). Ayesu Ebenezer. 2013. “One state, many Origins: Peopling of me Akuapem State, A Reexamination,” Research Review (New Series), vol 28, no. 1 (pages yet to be determined by publisher).
  • Ayesu Ebenezer. 2013. “The Plague of Pebbles/Stones: River Goddess, Black Stool and Rewriting the History of Adawso-Akuapem,” Abibisem, vol. 4 (pages yet to be determined by publisher).

 Biographies

  • Ayesu Ebenezer. 2012. “Biography of Oyeeman Wereko Ampem II”; in Dictionary of African Biographies, Oxford University Press, vol. 6, pp. 65-7.
  • Ayesu Ebenezer. 2012. “Biography of Edward Akuffo Addo,” in Dictionary of African Biographies, Oxford University Press, vol. 1, pp. 154-5.

Monographs

  •  Ayesu Ebenezer. 2012. Oral History of Larteh Asafo Company, Historical Society of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
  • Ayesu Ebenezer. 2012. Oral History of Akropong Akuapem Asafo Companies, Historical Society of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
  •  Ayesu Ebenezer. 2013. Oral History of Akwamufie Asafo Companies, Historical Society of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
  •  Ayesu Ebenezer. 2013. Oral History of Nnudu Akwamu Asafo Companies, Historical Society of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.

Documentary

  •  Ayesu Ebenezer. 2012. The History of Akuapem Odwira Festival (60 Minute documentary), Historical Society of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.

 Works under Review

  • Ayesu Ebenezer. “From Independent Communities to a State: Chieftaincy and the making of the Akuapem (Ghana) State, 1730s-1900,” (submitted to the International Journal of African Historical Studies).
  •  Ayesu Ebenezer. “Convergence of Traditional Chieftaincy and Christian Rites and Rituals: The Burial and Funeral Rites of Oyeeman Wereko Ampem II,” Africa Today (published by the African Studies Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA); and Ghana Studies, (Published by the Ghana Studies’ Council).
  •  Ayesu Ebenezer. Royal Farewell: Oyeeman Wereko Ampem II: The Epitome of Tradition and Modernity,” Research Review, IAS, Legon.
  • Ayesu Ebenezer. “Maternal Care and Chieftaincy Politics in Ghana: A Case Study of Chief Frederick William Kwasi Akuffo and Madam Akua Oye, 1895-1922,” (submitted to NUFU/IAS project on Care).
  • Ayesu Ebenezer. “Not on this Mat: A Biographical Sketch on Marriage, Sexual, Gender and Labour Relations in Ghanaian (African) History,” (submitted to the Transactions of Historical Society of Ghana).
  • Ayesu Ebenezer. “From Legon to Posuban (Company Post: A Historian’s Encounters with Cape Coast and Akuapem Asafo Companies,” (entry for the Legon Reader).

Works-In-Progress

  • Ayesu Ebenezer. “Making and Unmaking of Chiefs: The ‘Power’ of Queenmothers, A Case Study of Adawso Akuapem.”

CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS

  • 2012 International Conference on Globalisation and Changes in the Culture of Care and Survival: Local and Global Dimensions.” Organised by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon; and Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, Norway, Paper Presented: “Maternal Care and Chieftaincy in Ghana: Case Study of King Frederick William Kwasi Akuffo and Madam Akua Oye, 1895-1920s.”Kwabena Nketia Conference Room, IAS, Legon, 21st -22 nd February, 2012.
  •  “Celebrating Our Heroes: The Importance of 28th February to the Independence of Ghana.” Organised by the Historical society of Ghana. The Auditorium of the Civil Servants and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOSAG), Accra.
  •  Social Studies Week Celebrations: Career Opportunities for Students of Social Studies Organised by Wesley Grammar Senior High School, Dansoman. Paper Presented: “Academic and Career Opportunities for History and Related Subjects.” 18th March, 2012.
  • The Shadows of Empire: A Study of Colonial Forts and Castles. Yuri Lodge (IAS Chalets), University of Ghana, Legon, 1 st and 2nd August, 2012. .
  •  National Delegates Conference of Senior High School History Teachers, Organised by the Historical Society of Ghana. Paper Presented: “Academic and Career Progression for History Teachers: The Case of Professional Teachers.” Conference Room of Institute for Research, Advocacy and Training, Oyarifa, Accra, 6 th -9 th August, 2012.
  • “Empowering the Youth: Prospects and Challenges in the Pursuit for Higher Education.” Organised by Accra Road Church of Christ, Kasoa. Paper Presented: “Hard Road to Success My Journey through Academic and Professional Life.” Church Auditorium, Kasoa.16th September, 2012.
  • “Celebrating Our Heroes: The Importance of 28th February to the Independence of Ghana.”
  • 2010
  • “America I Am: The African American Imprint” Exhibition on African American Contribution in the Making of the United States of America, 20th November, 2010, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA.
  • “America I Am: The African American Imprint” Exhibition on African American Contribution in the Making of the United States of America, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA. 3rd December, 2010,
  • “The History of the Griot” during International Education Week, Conference Hall Xavier University, November 15-21, 2010
  •  “African Diaspora and Diasporas in Africa,” 53rd Conference of the African Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, USA, 18th – 21st November, 2010.

 2007

  •  Islam, Contested Authority and Making of Everyday Life in Africa, African Studies Program, I.U. Bloomington, IN, 11th – 12th October, 2007.
  • “The Bloody Writing is For Ever Torn”: Domestic and International Consequence of the First Governmental Efforts to Abolish the Atlantic Slave Trade, Accra and Elmina, Ghana 8 th – 12th August, 2007.

 2006

  • Fulbright Pre-Academic Training, University Of California, Berkley, 30th July- 12th August, 2006

 2004

  • NICI Experience Sharing Workshop, ECA, Ethiopia, 18th - 20th February, 2004

 

AWARDS, GRANTS, and FELLOWSHIPS

 2001

· Visiting Scholar, African Studies Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 6 th June 3 rd July, 2001.

2007

· Indiana University Foundation, 2007

2008

 · Lily Award for History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA, 2008

 2009

 · Lily Award for History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA, 2009

 2010

· Lily Award for History, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA, 2010 · Van Der Weele Fellowship (History), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA, 2010

 

Position: 
Senior Research Fellow
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eayesu@ug.edu.gh
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