- A Ghanaian researcher, Kuukuwa Manful, has been given a grant for a project titled Building Early Accra: Preserving Historical Building Permits in Ghana
- The grant was awarded by the British Library Endangered Archives Programme awarded to help Dr Kuukuwa Manful digitise endangered architectural documents
- She will begin the project from October 2019 alongside fieldwork for her PhD on ‘The Architecture of Education in Ghana’
A Ghanaian Doctoral Researcher at the University of London, Kuukuwa Manful, has been given a grant for a project titled ‘Building Early Accra: Preserving Historical Building Permits in Ghana’.
The British Library Endangered Archives Programme awarded Kuukuwa Manful the grant to help her digitise extremely at risk and vulnerable architectural and planning records in Accra, Ghana and to make digital versions of the material accessible in perpetuity .
She will be working on this project from October 2019 alongside fieldwork for her PhD on ‘The Architecture of Education in Ghana’.
Kuukuwa Manful is a Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Politics and International Studies of SOAS, University of London.
She holds Masters degrees in African Studies and Architecture from The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and The University of Oxford, UK.
Kuukuwa Manful is the co-founder of Sociarchi, a social architecture enterprise which advocates for and provides architectural services to disadvantaged members of Ghanaian society.
She strongly believes that Africa needs more of her architects to work towards solving the problems of the people who need them the most – who also happen to be the very people who cannot afford architects.
It is for this reason that she founded Sociarchi together with her colleague Emmanuel Ofori-Sarpong.
Sociarchi uses research, advocacy and design to provide sustainable, context-appropriate design solutions for the most vulnerable in society.
Some projects undertaken include the construction of a reading area for disadvantaged children in Omanjor; the retrofitting of a school in Adoagyiri for easy access by disabled children, and researching ways to make Accra’s urban environment more liveable for its inhabitants.
Meanwhile, a young man became the apex of admiration when his height attracted lovely ladies around him at the 2019 Chale Wote Festival, an annual event organized to display mind-blowing crafts and artistry in James Town, Accra.
While the young man’s name was not disclosed, his senior brother, Delis, with Twitter name @delisworldwide, took to Twitter to recount moments when his younger brother stole the show at an event meant to entertain people through the appreciation of craft and artistry.
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