Emmanuel Akyeampong was a master's student at the University of Ghana in 1984 when then-president Jerry John Rawlings shut down the school. Akyeampong went to the US to continue his education, graduating from the University of Virginia with a Ph.D in history in 1993. He became a professor of History and African/African American studies at Harvard, where he rose to become chair of the Committee on African Studies.
Dr Akyeampong retains close ties with Ghana on many fronts. At Harvard, he is deeply involved in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences's interdisciplinary Harvard-Ghana partnership. The success of partnership gives Ghanaian and Harvard scholars better access to each other, and has benefited Harvard's African Studies program.
In addition, Akyeampong has launched the African Public Broadcasting Foundation, an ambitious project he hopes will continually inform and educate sub-Saharan Africa people through free quality public radio with an emphasis on knowledge dissemination and public service.
For more on Dr Akyeampong's work, see
Harvard Portrait - Emmanuel Akyeampong (Harvard Magazine)