Program Spotlight: Ghana

Kent State students will soon have the opportunity to travel to Ghana, one of the most exciting countries in Africa. In a brand new program led by Professor Mwatabu S. Okantah of the Pan-African Studies department, students will travel to Accra, Kumasi and Cape Town to explore Ghana as a modern and thriving country. Often characterized as antiquated, western perceptions of Africa are often out of step with the reality of a continent that is advancing. Speaking on the program, Professor Okantah says, “I want to show my students the real Africa…I want people to realize that it’s the 21st century in Africa, too.”

Activities on the trip include a visit to the Kakum Forest, tour of the Cape Coast Dungeon and Market, a visit to Elmina Dungeon/Drum Dance program, a reception with the United Chiefs of Ghana, as well as other visits, tours and cultural experiences.

The trip to Ghana will take place during May intersession from May 26 - June 6, 2017. The program fee is an estimated $4,000, with scholarships and financial aid applying. The Office of International Programs and Education Abroad will be holding events throughout the year that offer scholarships eligible for this program.

In addition to leading the course in Ghana, Professor Okantah has spoken of his passion for the country in a poem entitled “Driving While Black,” as featured by the Wick Poetry Center. He is also featured in a performance with the Cavani String Quartet. Read his poem, watch his performance and contact him for any questions regarding this exciting adventure available to Kent State students.

Program DetailsCavani String Quartet "Driving While Black"

Contact Information

Dr. Mwatabu S. Okantah, Associate Professor