Opoku-Boateng, Judith

Mrs. Judith Opoku-Boateng is the Archivist in charge of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) Audiovisual and paper records. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) Degree in Sociology with Political Science and a Master of Arts (M.A) Degree in Archival Studies from the University of Ghana.

Mrs Opoku-Boateng sees to the daily management of the Archives, in terms of acquisition of materials, documentation, preservation and dissemination of Ghana's rich and unique cultural heritage, to students, educators and researchers. She has prepared a basic catalogue to all of IAS Audiovisual Collections and is currently transferring the data to a searchable database called: Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP) database.
In July 2011, she won the Jim Lindner Grant for Cultural Heritage Preservation for the Institute, and has been nominated to attend prestigious cultural heritage preservation programmes outside the country such as: The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP 2011) organised by the US State Department, SOIMA 2013: Safeguarding Sound and Image Collections organised by ICCROM and UNESCO among others.
In 2012, she assisted the Audio Visual Preservation Solutions (AVPS) and the Audio Preservation Exchange (APEX) at the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program (MIAP), New York University, to conduct Audiovisual Collection Assessment and Digitization Plan for the University's Audiovisual Collection.
She is currently working on Music and Dance Anthologies which will be published soon and also facilitating the creation and implementation of a digital repository for IAS audiovisual records.
She is an alumnus of IVLP, a member of International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archivists (IASA) and Sound and Image Collections International Association (SOIMA).

Some of the field recordings Mrs. Opoku-Boateng has personally facilitated are:

  • National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC 2005, 2007)
  • Documentation of Akwele Suma Rites of the Gas of the Gbese Clan
  • Documentation of Dance Forms of Upper East
  • Installation of Nana Ofobi Kroppa III Apemanimhene

She is currently a Fellow of Volta Hall.

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