Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences

“To encourage the creation, acquisition, dissemination and utilization of knowledge for national development through the promotion of learning”

The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1959 on the initiative of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah. Its aim is generally to promote the pursuit, advancement and dissemination of knowledge in all branches of the sciences and the humanities.

At the time it was established, the Academy was the first in Black Africa.


The Academy’s objectives, partly reviewed over the years are:

  • To promote the study, extension, and dissemination of knowledge of the arts and sciences.
  • To establish and maintain proper standards of endeavor in all fields of the arts and sciences.
  • To recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of the arts and sciences in Ghana.
  • To contribute actively to the development of Ghana and Africa generally by examining and addressing crucial issues of development.
  • To do such other things as are conducive or incidental to the attainment of all or any of the foregoing objects.
  • President: Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu
  • Vice President (Sciences): Samuel K. Sefa-Dedeh
  • Vice President (Arts): Kofi Anyidoho
  • Immediate Past President: Aba Bentil Andam
  • Executive Secretary: Samuel Boakye

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