FCG: Dream Team

Freedom University - Keta

Dream Team Members & Areas of Expertise

“When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.” – Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper

Emanuel Kwaku Akyeampong

Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, with a joint appointment in the Departments of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University. Co-Editor in Chief with Henry Louis Gates Jr of Dictionary of African Biography 6 Vols. (Oxford University Press, 2012). Emmanuel’s history of Keta, Between Sea & Lagoon: Eco-Social History of Anlo of Southeastern Ghana (Western African Studies), is a fascinating and highly entertaining book. Prof. Akyeampong is Intellectual Advisor and Chairman of the Freedom University Advisory Board.

Barbara Baëta

Mrs. Bentsi-Enchill, a Queen Mother fondly known as ‘Auntie Sika’, is a cult figure in Ghanaian and international cuisine. Barbara will collaborate with Fran Osseo-Asare (below) to create an African culinary college; provide meals on wheels for the Keta needy as well as faculty and students of Freedom University, and design nutritional programmes for the Volta Region, and Ghana, generally.

Dominic Crawford Collins

Dominic is a classically trained composer (Royal College of Music), conductor, arranger, sound designer and producer. He also owns and runs a successful recording studio in Ireland. His compositions have been featured from Hollywood to the British Isles. Dominic’s ‘Colour of of Distance’ symphony, mixed at Abbey Road Studios with a narration by actor John Hurt, is the largest ever orchestral work to combine music with natural sound. Dominic will compose a Freedom University hymn.

Peter Croll

Peter was Director of the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) from 2001 to 2012. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Accra on several occasions and a decades-long friend of Kofi Anan. Peter will assist with guidance on institutional funding, and as a liaison with other East and West African states.

† Komla Dumor (1972 / 2014)

The most famous voice in Ghana, Komla, a graduate of the University of Ghana, with a MA from Harvard in Public Administration, became an iconic figure at BBC, London, as presenter of the World News and Africa Business Report on BBC World News television. Mr. Domor was assisting us in creating awareness, and presenting news of Freedom University. Komla’s death, aged only 42 years, leaves a void in the world of communications, the hearts of the people of Ghana, and our Dream Team.

Victor Patrick Yao Gadzekpo

Renowned academician and former President at Central College, Ghana, Professor Gadzekpo holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, where he also earned his Master of Science degree. He also holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Cape Coast, a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Victor has held academic and administrative positions, including Head of the Department of Chemistry, University of Cape Coast, Visiting Professor to the University of Tokyo, Japan, from 1998 – 2000, and Research Fellow at the University of Wales College of Cardiff, UK, from 1984 – 1985. Between 1985 and 1987, he spent his time between the University of Cambridge and LKB Biochrom Ltd, where he conducted research in electrochemistry and developed electro-analytical instruments. He is is recognized as having made significant contributions to scientific knowledge, including a new method for the Determination of Selectivity Co-efficient, the ‘Matched Potential Method’; accepted and adopted in 1994 by the International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry, and currently in use throughout the world. Prof. Gadzekpo, an Anlo from the Volta Region, has indicated his willingness to accept the position of President of Freedom University.

John Graham-Pole

Professor Emeritus, Pediatric Oncology & Palliative Care; Co-Founder, Arts in Medicine, University of Florida. Activist in African healthcare with extensive Rwanda experience. John, a distinguished poet as well as physician, is a member of the advisory board of Freedom University, Keta, with specific responsibility for establishing a clinic staffed by volunteer physicians and nurses, and a training programme for paramedics and first aid.

André Grillon

Martinique Director of Overseas Tourist Promotion, André immediately offered support and collaboration to Norris Hill & Partner, including establishment of a twin cities relationship between his country and Keta. The Caribbean islands will provide a source of slave descendant students for Freedom University.

Elvis Kwashie

Managing Editor at MultiMedia Group Ltd., the largest private commercial media group in Ghana. Elvis, an Anlo, is committed to NHP programmes and will provide free live air time to support them. This will build awareness of Freedom University and assist in obtaining support and funding.

Dorothy Lander

Associate Professor, Department of Adult Education, St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dorothy, a distinguished educator, is engaged in women’s activism and, together with her husband, John Graham-Pole (above), has undertaken volunteer projects in Rwanda. Her experience will be of great importance in Freedom University’s social activist college, dedicated to combatting modern slavery.

Daniel N’Kobo

A graduate from the hotel management college in Accra, Daniel is an important member of the Adele ethnic group, dividing his time between N’Kwanta and Europe, where he raises funds for an orphanage founded by his mother over 50 years ago. Daniel is an entrepreneur, Master Drummer, (including ‘Talking Drums’) and playwright. Daniel will assist in the Freedom University Music College.

‘DK’ Yaw Osseo-Asare

DK received an A.B. in Engineering Design and MArch, from Harvard University. His building and research explore sustainability by linking form-making, technology and geopolitics with social dimensions of global environment. TEDGlobal Fellow, Fulbright Scholar and co-founder of design think tank DSGN AGNC, he has presented his work at the Royal Institute of British Architects, Harvard Graduate School of Design, PennDesign, Cornell, KNUST, University of Ghana-Legon. DK is the Freedom University architect.

Gavin P. Smith

Gavin holds a Master of Global Management with distinction from Thunderbird School of Global Management; an MBA from the College of William & Mary Mason School of Business; and a BA in History from Wake Forest. A global professional and consultant with 20 plus years of experience in digital marketing, award-winning broadcasting and journalism, Gavin is the right person at the right time to tell our story and help secure the support we need.

Sylvester Tornyevah

Chief Executive Officer of Keta Municipal Assembly, Keta, Volta Region, Sylvester was instrumental in the assignment of communal land for the Freedom University campus and park.

Peter Vasvari

Peter, Hungary’s foremost prize-winning corporate and logotype designer, will be commissioned to design Freedom University graphics, including a logotype, stationary systems, signage and souvenir and gift items items such as T Shirts to reward donations and provide awareness.