President Nana Akufo-Addo has eulogized Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia at a pre-burial service at the forecourt of the State House in Accra, Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Speaking at the final funeral rites of the renowned Ghanaian ethnomusicologist, Akufo-Addo said the late Professor was a cultural stalwart.
He opined that the late professor dedicated his life to promote arts and cultural beyond Ghana.
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In attendance for the pre-burial service, was the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, dignitaries from across the country and family and friends.
Professor Nketiah is considered as Africa’s premier musicologist. He died at age 97 on March 13, 2019.
His funeral was characterised by lots of rich Ghanaian cultural displays as well as performances by the Winneba Youth Choir and the Immanuel Congregation Choir, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Madina New Road, where he fellowshipped.
Professor J.H. Nketiah was born on June 22, 1921 at Asante Mampong. He had over 200 publications and 80 musical compositions to his credit.
He was the first African Director at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and received awards including the Cowell Award of the African Music Society, Companion of the Order of Star of Ghana, Grand Medal of the Government of Ghana, and the Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the USA for life long devotion to African Studies.
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