Ephraim Amu Memorial Lectures

Another major collaboration has been with the International Centre for African Music and Dance of the University of Ghana in organising the Ephraim Amu Memorial Lecture series. In 1998, the Centre in collaboration with the Academy instituted the Ephraim Amu Memorial lecture series, to commemorate the achievements of a humble and dedicated man from Peki Avetile, who devoted his entire life to cultural nationalism. An educationist, reformist and creative musician, Dr Ephraim Amu left a mark on Ghana’s cultural memory perhaps more than any of his contemporaries. An exhibition of memorabilia on the life and deeds of the great, distinguished composer and nationalist precede the Ephraim Amu Memorial lectures. The event often attracts a choral group which sings and celebrates Amu’s compositions at the lecture. In the inaugural lecture, Emeritus Professor J. H. Kwabena Nketia traced the beginning of the story of Amu in order to give a synoptic portrait (A Synoptic Portrait of Amu) of him as a man of action committed to culture and development. The following topics have been presented on the Ephraim Amu Memorial Lecture platform:

Year Topic Presenter
1999 A Synoptic Portrait of Amu, Prof. Emeritus J. H. Kwabena Nketia
2000 The Legacy of Ephraim Amu, Prof. Kofi Agawu
2001 Ephraim Amu: A Portrait of Cultured Patriotism Dr. Letitia E. Obeng
2002 Music in Worship: Aid or Hindrance Most Rev. Prof. Emeritus Kwesi Dickson (Deceased)
2003 Music and Moral Philosophy: Ephraim Amu’s Compositions Revisited Prof. R. F. Amonoo
2004 The Poetry of Ephraim Amu Prof. L. A. Boadi
2005 Theological Landmarks in the Life and Thought of Ephraim Amu Rev. Philip Laryea
2006 Bridging the Gap between Tradition and Modernity: Ephraim Amu as Music Educator Dr. A. A. Agordoh
2007 In Search of a Lifelong Learning Education Programme for Ghana: Lessons from the Life- Work of A Farmer, Artist and Teacher Prof. James Flolu
2010 Discoveries and New Insights in Tonal Linguistics Facilitate reading of Mother Tongue: Introducing the Ephraim Amu Principle Dr. F.I.D. Konotey-Ahulu
2011 The Dr. Ephraim Amu Phenomenon: Import and Relevance for this Generation Prof. Ablade Glover
2012 Medicine, Music and the Mind: Implications of Ephraim Amu’s Music for Ghanaians Prof. S.K. Owusu
2016 Prof. Anyidoho

Apart from the above public lectures, the Academy occasionally makes it possible for Fellows to give 15 minute talks at sectional meetings on their research and related activities, including conferences and enterprises in which they have participated, that enhanced their academic concerns and goals.