The board of Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Awards honoured 17 Ghanaian geniuses whose works in arts, science, technology and innovation had become pillars of reference nationally on the 12th of December, 2014. The event took place at the National Theatre.
Among those honoured were Dr. Ave Kludze; first African to command a spaceship in orbit, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng; first African to perform open heart surgery, Alhaji Ibrahim; a renowned smock weaver from Tamale, Professor Martin Owusu; actor, playwright and theatre scholar, and Professor Ama Ata Aidoo; celebrated African dramatist. The awards ceremony is a biennial event. In between the award years, the Board has instituted a quarterly lecture series to enable our honorees to share their thoughts with the rest of the world.
The first of these lectures took place at the British Council in November of 2015, featuring Mrs Kate Quartey Papafio, CEO of Reroy Group whose company has evolved from being an importer of electrical cables and conductors to a net exporter of these products. In the light of showing that artists and creatives in Ghana are as important, there’s honour in the fact that the next celebrant is Professor Martin Owusu, who won the African Genius Award for Drama.
This second event takes place on Friday 15th april, 2016 at the Methodist University College, Dansoman, where the professor currently lectures, after retiring from the University of Ghana where he was once lecturer and director of the School of Performing Arts.
The event is scheduled for 4pm through 6pm. Among the highlights will be excerpts of two of his most celebrated plays. He will then make himself available for a conversation session with the audience. The entire membership of the Ghana Culture Forum will be present to demonstrate solidarity, and also to take part in a Q&A session during which the celebrant will engage in a conversation with the audience on the state of the Arts, in general and drama, in particular.