Asante-Opoku-Reindorf Lectures

The Asante-Opoku-Reindorf Lecture Series is in honour of the memory and celebration of the careers and achievements of the Revs. David Asante, Theophilus Herman Opoku and Carl Christian Reindorf. All three persons were products of the 19th century predecessor of the Institute, namely the Akropong College and Theological Seminary (founded in 1848) of the Basel Mission in the Gold Coast (Ghana). It is the buildings of the earlier College and Seminary, now renovated and modernized, that house the main academic and administrative offices, library, lecture and seminar rooms and other facilities of the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture.

Given that education as conceived and practiced by the Basel Mission was intended to serve largely the interests of mission and church, its real outcomes were in fact quite remarkable. It produced some of the most outstanding individuals of the period, who were able to relate deeply to their own society in a wide range of areas and also to engage critically and creatively with the wider world. Such were the three eminent persons after whom the lecture series is named.

All rooms in the Institute bear the names of various people, and three of these rooms are named after David Asante, Theophilus Opoku and Carl Reindorf. These three were selected to bear the name of the lecture because of the diverse careers as well as the social, cultural and intellectual impact and significance they had on society. Interestingly, each of them used his mother tongue – Twi in the case of Asante and Opoku, and Ga in the case of Reindorf – in his intellectual discourse, so making their thought accessible to a large section of contemporary society and also showing the capacity of African indigenous languages to be vehicles of communication between educated people, and for academic purposes.

In 2004, the Akrofi-Christaller Institute and the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences agreed to collaborate on the Asante-Opoku-Reindorf Memorial Lecture Series. Topics treated to date are as follows:

2006 Oral tradition in A New Mode: The Shaping of Indigenous Scholarship and Literary Style Emeritus Prof. J. H. Kwabena Nketia
2007 Referential Modes of Meaning as Strategies in Oral Communication Emeritus Prof. J. H. Kwabena Nketia
2008 Claiming Our Heritage: Africa in World Christianity Prof. Mrs. Amba Oduyoye
2009 Cooking on Two Stones of the Hearth: African Spirituality and the Socio-cultural Transformation of Africa Prof. Kofi Asare Opoku
2010 Identity, Religion, Nation Rev. Canon Prof. Emeritus John Samuel Pobee
2011 Unless the Lord watches Over the City…Urbanisation and Christian Witness in Ghana Rev. Prof. David Kpobi
2012 Striving Towards Excellence in theological Education in Africa: Challenges and Prognosis Rev. Prof. Deji Ayegboyin