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Diasporian News of Saturday, 12 March 2016


Ghanaian wins international award

A research fellow at the Institute of African Studies (IAS) of the University of Ghana, Dr Samuel Aniegye Ntewusu, has won the 2016 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) Fellowship.

The award is intended for top-notch researchers working outside The Netherlands who have shared their knowledge and experience with researchers in Dutch institutes and universities.

The academy is an association of research institutes in The Netherlands, with each of the 17 institutes headed by a director.

The academy has been awarding prizes and carrying out programmes of international cooperation for several years in collaboration with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) on capacity-building in Africa.

Dr Ntewusu was selected as a recipient this year for his keen interest in the reinterpretation of African history.


With research promoting new views on themes in his field of culture, chieftaincy and history, his book, “Settling in and Holding on: A socio-economic history of northern traders and transporters in Accra’s Tudu, 1908-2008” made him a contender for the award.

With the award, Dr Ntewusu is expected to extend his already considerable contribution in African studies in collaborative research projects to institutions in the country and The Netherlands.

His future research efforts include the project ‘Society and Change in Northern Ghana’, which is a collaborative project among the IAS, ASC Leiden and the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, with Professor Michel Doortmont as the principal coordinator.

The project will develop new approaches to African history in relation to processes of globalisation and regionalisation.

Dr Ntewusu with Dr Felix Longe, key researchers in the project, would coordinate a total of seven PhD theses and several joint and individual publications.

A promising scholar in his field, he has developed himself as an all-round scholar of international repute, with invitations for collaborative engagements in his field from universities nationally and internationally, including The Netherlands, Norway, Canada, USA, Germany, South Africa, Portugal, Nigeria and Cameroon.

His interests are the reformulation of the field of African studies, in particular African history, on a global scale.