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Kwesi Yankah

Kwesi Yankah

Kwesi Yankah is a Ghanaian academic, author, and university administrator. He is a professor of linguistics and oral literature specializing in the ethnography of communications.

1999

President of the Central University
30 June 1999

President of the Central University

He has held the positions of president of the Central University and provost of the University of Ghana. He was admitted as a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and is the author of numerous books. He presently serves as the state minister of Ghana responsible for higher education.

2003

Affiliations and memberships
02 July 2003

Affiliations and memberships

Yankah has served as a Senior External Advisor for the Center for Local Strategies Research at the University of Washington and a member of the African Presidential Archives and Research Center's Policy Working Group at Boston University.He was chosen as a Fellow of Accra's Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999. Beginning in 2003, he held the position of Honorary Secretary of the academy for three years.

2011

Education and working life
07 July 2011

Education and working life

Kwesi Yankah received the Esther Kinsley Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation at Indiana University. Yankah, a lecturer at the University of Ghana, held various roles and served as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. He succeeded Professor Victor Gadzekpo as president in 2011.

2016

Award
06 July 2016

Award

Yankah received recognition in July 2016 during the 2016 Africa Summit for his support of education in Ghana and the growth of the continent.

2017

Minister of State
04 July 2017

Minister of State

In March 2017, Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo nominated Yankah as a Minister of State in charge of tertiary education. He emphasized his New Patriotic Party background and pledged to overhaul public colleges' curricula, ensuring they focused on knowledge exchange rather than revenue-generating activities. He was sworn in after receiving approval from the Ghanaian Parliament.

2023

Personal life
05 July 2023

Personal life

Yankah has three kids and is married. He is Kojo Yankah's brother, a former minister and member of parliament for Jerry John Rawlings' National Democratic Congress.In Ghana, Kwesi Yankah belongs to the Catholic Church.

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