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African Poetry and Stories

February 12th, 2014 |

Education professor Kwadwo Okrah will recite African poetry and stories of African symbols, customs and kinship in the oral tradition of Ghana at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Wiekamp Education Resource Commons, second floor of the Education and Arts Building, IU South Bend.

The event is free and open to the public. Groups of more than five people should RSVP to Lee Smith at rllsmith@iusb.edu for seating purposes.

Okrah is an associate professor and director of Center for Global Education of IU South Bend.

Okrah was educated in Ghana and the United States. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Ghana before entering Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, to earn an M.A. in international affairs and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. He previously worked at the Center for National Culture in Ghana as both research officer, and traditional norms and practices consultant.

Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence. With their new system of government, the country kept its tradition of poetry by creating the position of the state linguist (the presidential praise poet) into modern Ghana’s political system. Okrah was the second person to hold the position.

This is part of the 2014 Lecture Series from the School of Education. It is sponsored by the School of Education, Center for Global Education, and Wiekamp Educational Resources Commons.


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