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04.05.2019 General News

Emeritus Prof. J.H. Nketia Given State Burial Today

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Emeritus Prof. J.H. Nketia Given State Burial Today

A renowned Ghanaian ethnomusicologist, Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia will be given a state burial today, Saturday, May 4, 2019.

There shall be a pre-burial service at the forecourt of the State House.

Professor Nketiah, considered as Africa's premier musicologist, died at age 97 on March 13, 2019.

His funeral will be characterised by lots of rich Ghanaian cultural displays as well as performances by the Winneba Youth Choir and the Immanuel Congregation Choir, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Madina New Road, where he fellowshipped.

Professor J.H. Nketiah was born on 22nd June, 1921 at Asante Mampong. He had over 200 publications and 80 musical compositions to his credit.

He was the first African Director at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and received awards including the Cowell Award of the African Music Society, Companion of the Order of Star of Ghana, Grand Medal of the Government of Ghana, and the Africanist Award of the African Studies Association of the USA for life long devotion to African Studies.