THIS WOMAN IS THE FIRST GHANAIAN TO HOLD A PhD IN TWI.
This is Nana Anima Wiafe-Akenten.
A student who just graduated from the University of Ghana with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Ghanaian Language Studies (Akan Linguistics – Media Discourse). In short, she holds a PhD in Twi.
She’s currently the head of the Akan-Nzema Department of the College of Languages Education, Ajumako Campus of the University of Education, Winneba.
She loves to research into Ethnography of Communication and media discourse (Political and Socio-cultural discourse).
Media discourse refers to interactions that take place through a broadcast platform, whether spoken or written, in which the discourse is oriented to a non-present reader, listener or viewer. Apart from this, Dr Anima, who is herself a media practitioner, loves to explore media linguistics as well.
According to her, Media linguistics is basically the study of media speech. For instance,
There are things that are known to be taboos but are mentioned anyhow on radio by some of these Twi presenters on both TV and radio.
She teaches Phonetics of Akan, Language use in Media, Translation, Interpretation, Akan Written Literature, Oral Literature of Akan and Ethnography of Speaking.
Dr Anima had her secondary education at the St Roses Secondary School, Akwatia in the Eastern Region between 1991 and 1993. She advanced to the University of Ghana where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Theatre Arts (Theatre for Extension Communication) in 1995.
For her Master’s Degree, she pursued a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) in Ghanaian Language Studies and finally crowned it with a doctorate degree.
Dr Anima hails from Atwima-Ofoase in the Ashanti Region. Apparently, Dr Anima is surrounded by academicians in her own home. She is married to Dr Charles B. Wiafe-Akenten who is also a lecturer at the Physiology Department of the University of Ghana.
Their first child, Dr Michael Wiafe-Kwagyan, is also a young lecturer with the Plant Science Department of the University of Ghana; while her three daughters – Nana Adwoa, Awo Asantewaa and Ohenemaa Wiafewaa – are leaving no stone unturned to take after their parents.
BY: KWAKU DARKO.
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