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KOJO YANKAH – Biography

Scholar, Journalist, Author and Former Member of Parliament & Minister of State in the Republic of Ghana, Hon. Kojo Yankah is the Founder of AFRICAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATIONS (AUCC), previously known as the Africa Institute of Journalism & Communications (AIJC) which he established in 2002.

Biography

Yankah was born at Agona Duakwa in the Central Region of Ghana on 16th August, 1945. He received his primary education in several towns and villages in the Central Region. He ended up at Winneba A.M.E. Zion School where he took his common entrance examination to enter the prestigious Adisadel College in Cape Coast. After his Advanced Level education in 1966, he taught English and French at Breman Asikuma Secondary School before beginning his undergraduate studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1969.

Visionary

  1. AUCC – Founded the African University College of Communications (AUCC in Ghana in 2002 at the onset of the liberalization of the airwaves and pluralization of the media in Africa to meet the anticipated demand for skilled and trained media men and women to man the media houses.
  2. Conceived the Pan African Heritage Museum in 2019 as the center for the preservation, conservation and exhibition of the newly researched and published stories about the ancient African civilization and Africa’s history in the context of the economic and social development of Africa. The Museum will be built on a 10-acre property of the African University College of Communications at Pomadze/Winneba Junction, 40 miles outside Accra.

Statesman

  1. As Deputy Minister of Information, spearheaded the formation of an Information Society, as well as the development of a Communication Policy for Ghana.-
  2. As Minister of the Central Region, branded the region as Ghana’s Tourism Heartbeat, and used Tourism as the driver for the economic development of a region which boasted of several tourism products like castles and forts, Canopy Walkway, Top Educational institutions, and rich agricultural backbone.Gave boost to the Pan African Historical Theater Festival (PANAFEST) as well as to all the local traditional festivals of the coastal region. Introduced the first Intranet connectivity into governance on the continent of Africa. The first region in Ghana to have a website, Central Region also initiated the first ever District Trade Fairs culminating in the Central Region Expo which was copied by other regions in Ghana.
  3. Minister of Ashanti Region. As Minister (or Governor), initiated activities around the main sectors of agriculture, tourism, education and culture. Led a campaign to plant trees in the capital city to regain its pride as the Garden City.

Communicator

  1. Teacher – Taught English & French at Breman Asikuma Secondary School in 1967-69 before entering the University of Ghana, Legon. After first degree, taught English & Current Affairs at Alma Mater, Adisadel College, in Cape Coast.
  2. Journalist – Started writing articles for Adisadel College School Newsletter in 1965; edited Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana newsmagazine, The ECHO; continued writing for national newspapers in 1972 as Information & Research Officer at the Ministry of Information. Continued graduate studies at University of Ghana in Journalism & Communications, and pursued other Communication courses on Fellowship at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and Conell University, Ithaca, New York. Appointed editor of the widest circulation newspaper, The Daily Graphic in 1982.
  3. Director, GIJ – 1984-93 appointed Director of Ghana Institute of Journalism, the premier journalism institution in West Africa training students from the region and the Southern Africa region.
  4. Creator, Inspector Bediako – the first ever locally produced television detective series in Ghana.Became popular in Ghana and Nigeria.
  5. Poet – Won Langston Hughes Prize for Creative Writing, & David Nicholson Award for Poetry, both at the University of Ghana, Legon 1971/72.
  6. Broadcaster – Wrote and read scripts on GBC’s External Service programme ; hosted Radio Discussion programme, FOCUS, and GTV programme TALKING POINT
  7. PR Practitioner – Practised Public Relations at the Information Services Department, Social Security & National Insurance Trust, and Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation. Voted PR Personality of the Year 2012; Became President & Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations Ghana 2013-2016.
  8. PR Consultant : Under Yankah & Associates, consulted for the King of Ashanti, Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11, Asantehene; for the World Bank, UNDP, the National Development Planning Commission, Ghana Commercial Bank, Unilever, Ghana Shippers Council, Social Security & National Insurance Trust,for UNDP  in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya,Geneva; and sevral other corporate institutions.
  9. Writer – Author of 10 books

Pan-Africanist

  1. Introduced to Pan Africanism in high school, Adisadel College, as a Young Pioneer.
  2. Wrote first poem on the assassination of Amilcar Cabral.
  3. Co-founded the International Black Alliance at the University of Ghana in the early seventies.
  4. Formed the AFRICA FORUM at Adisadel College to train students in the tenets of Pan Africanism
  5. Chair of Publicity Committee of PANAFEST – 1994-96
  6. Chairman, PANAFEST (Pan African Historical Festival of Arts & Culture) 1997-2015
  7. Spoke at various local & International Forums on Pan Africanism, Examples in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, Cuba, Nigeria, Liberia, United States.

Founder & President of Africa Institure of Journalism (later to become African University College of Communications, AUCC)

January 2002 - September 2015

Member of Parliament (Agona East); Deputy of Minister of Information; Minister of Central Region; Minister of Ashanti Region.

January 1993 - December 2000

Chairman, PANAFEST Foundation

August 1997 - August 2007

Chairman, Publicity Committee, PANAFEST

July 1994 - August 1997

Director, Ghana Institute of Journalism

November 1984 - August 1997

Editor, Daily Graphic

January 1982 - August 1984