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Akrofi-Christaller Institute (ACI) » Meet the Chancellor - Emeritus Professor J. H. Kwabena-Nketia

Professor J. H. Kwabena Nketia was inducted into office as the first Chancellor of The Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture in November 2006.

Professor J. H. Kwabena-Nketia is a composer, ethnomusicologist and Christian scholar. He has had a distinguished career, with far-reaching impact. His literary output is matched by an equally impressive record of active involvement in initiatives and ventures in academic excellence, nationally as well as internationally. He has received several academic awards including an Hon DLitt of the University of Ghana and the International Music Council – UNESCO Music Prize for “distinguished service to music”. He is a founding Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has a record of distinction in his service to the University of Ghana from 1952-1981, when he retired as the Director of the Institute of African Studies (1965-1981). Founder Director of the International Centre of African Music and Dance in the University of Ghana, Legon, Prof Nketia is also a member of several other learned and professional societies, including the International Jury for the Proclamation by UNESCO of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. He began his academic career as a teacher at the Presbyterian Training College, Akropong-Akuapem, and has demonstrated, through all his literary and musical output, the strong integrative role of Christian commitment in his scholarship. His publications span the fields of music, the performing arts, religion, Christian mission, history and indigenous languages, and coincide with the major research and teaching interests of the Institute.

Professor Nketia has a long-standing connection with the heritage of the Akrofi-Christaller Institute. His early career as pupil and later teacher at the Presbyterian Training College and Theological Seminary is symbolic. He is indeed an active inspirer of the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture.