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The Institute of African Studies on the campus of the University of Ghana at Legon is an interdisciplinary research institute in the humanities and social sciences. It was established by President Kwame Nkrumah in 1962 to encourage African studies.

Thomas Lionel Hodgkin served as the first Director, from 1962 to 1965. On 25 October 1963 President Kwame Nkrumah gave an inaugural address at the Institute, 'The African Genius', in which he called for the recovery of African traditions and an African-centered approach to knowledge.[1][2]

The Institute issues a peer-reviewed journal, Research Review of the Institute of African Studies.[3] The current Director is Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo.


  1. Kwame Botwe-Asamoah, Kwame Nkrumah's politico-cultural thought and policies: an African-centered paradigm for the second phase of the African revolutions, Routledge, 2005, ch. 7 'Nkrumah's cultural policy: the national theater movement and the academy'
  2. Daryl Zizwe Poe, Kwame Nkrumah's contribution to Pan-Africanism: an Afrocentric analysis, Routledge, 2003, pp. 143-5
  3. Institute of African Studies: Research Review

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