Kwame Karikari Bows Out


Prof. Kwame Karikari shone with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment as his 36 years of teaching at the University of Ghana comes to an end.

The academic, media advocate and campaigner bid his farewell wearing smiles, surrounded by colleague academicians, close friends and students of communications at a short ceremony held to honour him at the Gust House of the University of Ghana.

Founder of NGO, the Media Foundation of West Africa, Prof. Kwame Karikari recounted to a gathering of family, fellow academics, colleagues, students and friends about how his varied experiences have fulfilled and filled him with pride.

‘I’ve been here for all these years and I have seen much progress in [the University of Ghana]. One of which is the sheer size of this university. When I came here there were just about 3400 students now there are 35 thousand students. There is a lot of expansion. I think that those kinds of progress make me happy and also as a Ghanaian make me have confidence that this country will always make progress’

Prof says scholarship was very high when he joined the university of Ghana in August 1979 with a generation of scholars; Assimeng, Kwapong, Addae-Mensah, Laing to mention a few. But he said the excitement of campus life was what made the most impression – symposia, debates, extra mural activities. Reflecting on his intellectual interaction with students Prof. Karikari says:

‘For about the first 10 years I lectured here, one met some very brilliant students, one of them is sitting here, Kwaku Sayi-Addo. I asked him in class what are you doing here because you don’t need to be here to be who you are…but the point I am making is that there is a certain level of intellectual quality[that is missing]you teach nowadays and no student challenges you in class. [Far from days]when people would debate you like Kofi Bucknor on cinema. Nowadays that kind of life is in abeyance and I hope it will pick up again.’

Prof. Karikari hailed the contribution of pioneers like P.A.V Ansah, Yaw Twumasi, of the School of Communication Studies.


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