He faced a backlash from Americans, especially African-American architects who were unhappy that a Ghanaian-British architect would win a bid to build the museum to honour black American history.
Years later, this global icon returns to the land of his heritage, Ghana, and in a repetition of history, faces similar, if not greater backlash for being awarded a contract to build the National Cathedral, among other landmark development projects.
Renowned and celebrated architect, David Adjaye, will be the first guest on the highly anticipated ‘Sunday Night’, which premiers on Asaase Radio 99.5, on Sunday 14th June at 7pm.
Asaase Radio, which has been entertaining listeners with great music over the past weeks of its test transmission, will be launched this Sunday.
The veteran broadcaster, Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, host of ‘Sunday Night’, will engage the founder of Adjaye Associates, David Adjaye, on diverse issues from his personality, beliefs, family, achievements, Ghana’s development and the role of architecture.
ABOUT THE SHOW
The weekly talk show, ‘Sunday Night’, will combine personality and current affairs and treat its guests and topics in a refined and professional manner which reflects the ethos of Asaase Radio.
The show will feature Ghanaian, African and global newsmakers in conversation with Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, on a wide range of subjects, from Business and the Arts through Science and Politics.
ABOUT SIR DAVID ADJAYE OBE
Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities.
David Adjaye who recently moved to Ghana from New York and London, is a Ghanaian-British architect who has received international acclaim for his amazing impact on his professional field and beautifying cities across the world.
Twenty years ago, he founded Adjaye Associates, which today operates globally, with studios in Accra, London, and New York and undertake projects spanning the globe.
He received a Knighthood for services to architecture as part of Queen Elizabeth’s biannual honors programme in the UK in 2016.
Sir David is among a small elite group of people called ‘starchitects’. Starchitect is an architect whose global celebrity and critical acclaim have transformed him into an idol of the architecture world and beyond.
Sir David is currently the architect in charge of designing the National Cathedral project of the Government of Ghana, the construction of which is largely supported by donations from the public.
Known for his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability, Sir David has established himself as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision.
His projects range from private houses, bespoke furniture collections, product design, exhibitions, and temporary pavilions to major arts centers, civic buildings, and master plans.
Adjaye’s largest project to date, The National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by The New York Times.
In 2017, Adjaye was recognised as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME Magazine.
What’s his story? Tune in to “Sunday Night” on 14 June at 7pm to hear the host Kwaku Sakyi-Addo discuss the multi-cultural and cross-continental journey of controversy and success of his guest, Sir David.