Prof Joseph Hanson Nketia dies at 97

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Ghana’s astute scholar and ethnomusicologist, Emeritus Professor Joseph Hansen Kwabena Nketia has died.

The 97-year old man who was regarded as a bridge between Ghana’s indigenous and modern culture, died on Wednesday March 13, 3019.

He would have been 98 years on June, 22 this year.

 The family of Prof. Nketia confirmed his death to the Wednesday afternoon but refused to give details of his death.

Prof. Nketia, who has over 80 classical African music compositions also had 200 scholarly publications in English and Twi languages, which he used as a vessel to write more than 20 books. 

His works have shaped African studies within and outside Ghana.

The Kwabena Nketia Centre for Africana Studies on September 27, 2017, organised a festival to celebrate him for his scholarly contributions towards the development African History.

“Emeritus Prof. Nketia’s life symbolises the evolution of our nation in the 20th Century. There are many parallels in his life’s story, which mirrors the national endeavours in the country,” Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu II said of him at the event.

President Nana Akufo-Addo at the same event described him as “one of the legends of the ages”.

He remained intellectually active even at 95 years as he launched his last book publication, Reinstating Traditional Music in Contemporary Contexts, on June 22, 2016.


 Ghana|| Porcia Oforiwaa Ofori

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