Stand-up comic pedagogy informs my teaching. This approach entails having a relaxed but serious classroom setting. Here, I use seemingly mundane experiences to underscore class discussions, illuminate theoretical concepts and connect with key issues. In my classroom, I encourage students “to challenge, engage and question the form and substance of the learning process.” (Giroux 2001: 202).
Courses taught at Ashesi University:
- African Popular Culture
- Written & Oral Communication
- Text and Meaning
- Introduction to African Literature
- Introduction to African Philosophical Thought
Areas of Research Interest
Media Anthropology, African Popular (Visual) Culture, Urban Ghana, Intercultural/Interpersonal Communication
2016 – Awarded an African Humanities Program (AHP) fellowship for journal manuscript development workshop in Tanzania. The aim of the week-long workshop was to allow senior colleagues from other African universities coach young scholars on technicalities of crafting journal articles for publication.
2015 – Was selected as an ACLS/ASA (African Studies Association) Presidential Fellow to attend and present my research at the 2015 Annual ASA meeting in San Diego. One of the aims of the Fellows Program, established in 2010, is to invite outstanding Africa-based scholars to also spend time at African Studies programs/centers in the U.S.
2014 – Awarded an AHP post-doctoral fellowship, the first of its kind to be won by a faculty of a private university. This fellowship, under the aegis of The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and generously supported by the Carnegie Corporation, allowed me take a year’s leave to focus on completing my research on the role popular media genres in Ghanaian democratic politics. To achieve this objective, I spent three months at Rhodes University and three months at the University of Cape Town.
I am a collaborator (together with eight colleagues from South Africa) on an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded research project titled “Urban Connections in African Popular Imaginaries”. This three-year funded project (2016-2019) is concerned with African popular modes of representation and interpretation, and especially with the ways in which local specificities and global imaginaries are articulated through popular genres. It seeks to engage critically with various knowledge productions that are embedded in local cultural forms. The project’s home is at the Department of English, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
2014 - ‘Not a Cedi Tied to Their Names’: Sakawa Rituals and Cyberfraud in Ghanaian Popular Video Movies. African Studies Review, 57 (2), 131-147.
2015 - Semiotic Silence in Intimate Relationships. Journal of Pragmatics 43(9), 2331-2336.
2016 - Glocalization Trends: Examining the Case of Hip-Life Music in Contemporary Ghana. International Journal of Communication, 1085-1106.
2017 - Semiotic Silence: Its’ Use as a Conflict-Management Strategy in Intimate Relationships. Semiotica, 167:285-308.
Peer-reviewed Book Chapter
2014 - “Better Ghana Agenda: On Akosua Cartoons and Critical Public Debates in Contemporary Ghana”. In Popular Culture in Africa: The Episteme of Everyday, edited by Stephanie Newell and Onookome Okome, 131-154, New York, NY: Routledge.
2011 - Music and Dissent: Ghana & Nigeria. In Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movements Media (pp. 346-347). Los Angeles, LA: Sage Publications.
2012 - African Video Films & Political Critique. In Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movements Media (pp. 407). Los Angeles, LA: Sage Publications
2013 - White Supremacists’ Tattoos as Alternative Media. In Sage Encyclopedia of Social Movements Media (pp. 536-537). Los Angeles, LA: Sage Publications.
2015 - Review of ‘Ghanaian Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History’ Cinema Journal: Transformative Works and Cultures, 54(2), 151-154.
2016 - Review of ‘Popular Media, Democracy and Development in Africa’ Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, 32(2), 138-140.
2016 - (co-authored with Anyidoho, N.A., Addoquaye, T.C., Adjei, M., Appiah E., Banin, Y.A., Owusu, A., Torvikey, D.) Shakespeare Lives in Ghana: Roles, Reresentations & Perceptions of Women in Contemporary Ghanaian Society. A Report Commissioned by the British Council Ghana.
2012 - Being Too Known. Dust Magazine, 46-47.
2013 - Ghanaians & Uncomfortable Issues. The New Legon Observer, 2(13), 16-17.
Accepted & Forthcoming (Peer Reviewed)
“This Cartoon is a Satire: On Ghanaian Cartoons’ & Sociopolitical Discourse in the Fourth Republic.” In Political Cartooning in Africa, edited by Tejumola Olaniyan and Peter Limb. University of Michigan Press.
“Glocalization and Popular Media: The Case of Akosua’s Political Cartoons in Contemporary Ghana.” In Global Perspectives on Culture and Communication: A Reader, edited by Tom Nakayama and Jolanta Drzewiecka. Peter Lang Publishers.
Conferences & Presentations
Some of the Journals I Read