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Celebrating 60 Years of African Genuis and African Studies; the Past, Present and Future

The Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, marked a historic milestone as it joyously celebrated its 60th anniversary under the theme, "Projecting the African Genius and the African Studies: Past, Present, and Future." The grand celebration aimed to reflect on the Institute's rich legacy over the past six decades while charting a course for a dynamic and globally competitive future.


The festivities were launched on Thursday, 14 December 2023 at the Yiri Lodge, University of Ghana. Past Directors of the Institute - luminaries like Professors George Hagan, Takyiwaa Manuh, Akosua Adomako Ampofo, and Irene Odotei, graced a round table discussion. They shared their profound experiences with faculty members, staff, students, and the wider university community, fostering a spirit of unity and knowledge exchange. The occasion served as a platform to discuss strategies for enhancing the Institute’s image and visibility on a global scale.

Roundtable Discussion at the Launch of the 60th Anniversary


A compelling journey through time unfolded with an exhibition at the Kwame Nkrumah Building Complex, showcasing the Institute’s history from its inception in 1961 to the present day. This exhibit not only chronicled the evolution of the Institute but also underscored its significant contributions to African studies and academic distinction.