Prof Nketia Laid To Rest

Prof Emeritus Kwabena Nketia

President Akufo-Addo has stated that
the legacy of the late Prof. Emeritus Joseph Hansen Kwabena Nketia underscores
the importance of education.

He said Prof. Nketia’s works would help
to build a new Ghanaian civilization.

Prof. Nketia was a distinguished
ethnomusicologist, composer, linguist, post and author, whose work on African
music and culture gained global acclaim.

The President, in his tribute at a
state funeral held on Saturday at the forecourt of the State House, said applying
Prof. Nketia’s works on Ghanaian arts and culture would help build a new
civilization based on equity and self-worth.

“For me I am confident that we are
proud of the work of Prof. Nketia in helping to reclaim the past in order to
nourish the present and to seize the future. We shall further be emboldened to
construct a democratic nation based on equity, respect, self-worth and

“We will then build a new Ghanaian
civilization and a Ghana beyond aid, which will witness a new flowering of Ghanaian
arts and culture.”

“His life experiences point to the
crucial importance of education. He advocated for it in Ghana whose holistic
culture and identity played a key role in how to navigate the challenges posed
by globalization. A lifetime of admirable scholarship earned him the supreme
accolade of an Emeritus Professor,” he added.

Professor Nketiah, who is considered
as Africa’s premier musicologist, died at age 97 on March 13, 2019.

His funeral was characterised by rich
Ghanaian cultural performances by the Winneba Youth Choir and Immanuel
Congregation Choir from his church Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Madina, Accra.

Professor J.H. Nketiah was born on 22nd
June, 1921 at Asante Mampong.

He had over 200 publications and 80
musical compositions to his credit.

He was the first African Director at
the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana and received several awards,
including the Cowell Award of the African Music Society, Companion of the Order
of Star of Ghana, Grand Medal of the Government of Ghana and the Africanist
Award of the African Studies Association of the USA for lifelong devotion to
African studies.C

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