Prof. Alexander Adum Kwapong

Professor Alexander Adum Kwapong (1925-2014) was born in Kwabena Sei (Osei) in Ghana. He completed his early education in Ghana before proceeding to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with First Class Honours in Classics in 1951.

His career in Academia began shortly after graduating and in 1953 he started lecturing in Greek, Latin, and Ancient History at the University of Ghana, Legon. During this time he also completed his PhD (1957), and was a Visiting Professor of Classics at Princeton University in New Jersey, USA. He became a full professor in 1962. By 1966, he had risen to become the first Ghanaian Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, after having serving as Pro-Vice Chancellor under his Irish predecessor, Cruise Connor Obrien. 10 years later he retired from the position and took up the post of Vice-Rector of the UN University in Tokyo, Japan, where he remained till 1988.

After his retirement from the Diaspora, he settled back home in Ghana and was made the Chairman of the Council of State from 2001 to 2005. He served on several boards of international associations including the Association of African Universities, the Commonwealth Universities Association, The Commonwealth of Learning for Higher Education and Distance Learning, Chairman of the Education Reforms Committee in Ghana, World Philosophy and Humanities Council, among numerous others.

He was conferred with many honorary doctorates from all over the world, such as the University of Ife in Nigeria, Warwick University, and Princeton in the USA.

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Nafisa Waziri

Nafisa is a second year PhD student at the Centre of Development Studies, a member of Hughes Hall, and current president of the Black Cantabs Research Society.

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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