Africa’s Cultural Prince, Dr. A.A.Y. Kyerematen of Ghana is a biographical study of Ghana-born cultural anthropologist, Dr. A.A.Y. Kyerematen. In this in-depth biography, the co-authors explore Dr. Kyerematen’s childhood, young adulthood, and education at Sierra Leone-based Fourah Bay College, the University of Durham, University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. The book examines how overseas travel influenced his early professional interests, his government-appointed cabinet position, and the development of the Ghana National Culture Center. His personal life is touched upon as well, including his marriage and the impressive lives of his six children. Upon his death in 1976, Dr. Kyerematen was honored with a national funeral before his royal burial in his small town of Pataasi (or Pataase) in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
A.B. Assensoh is emeritus professor of at Indiana University and a courtesy emeritus professor of history at University of Oregon.
Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh is Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, professor of political science, and adjunct professor of law at University of Oregon.
Foreword: “The Supremacy of Culture in Ghana” by His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, former President of Ghana
Preface by Ivor Agyeman-Duah
Introduction: Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, in the Context of the Life and Times Of Dr.
A. A. Y. Kyerematen of Ghana byIbrahim Gassama, University of Oregon School of Law, (Emeritus)
Chapter 1: Dr. Kyerematen’s Birth, Educational Pursuits and Intellectual Growth Chapter 2: Dr. Kyerematen’s Higher LearningChapter 3: The Genesis of the Ghana National Cultural Centre: As Dr. Kyerematen Pictured a Noble Idea & Aim
Chapter 4: De-Centering Politics: Kyerematen’s Political Maneuvering in NLC Military Administration (1966–1969)
Chapter 5: Dr. Kyerematen’s Impact on Ghana through National Services Dr. Kyerematen’s
Chapter 6: The Lasting Legacy: The Kyerematen Family of Ghana
About the Authors