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Chairman (Deputy Rector)

Brief info

Prof. Eric Opoku Mensah, a scholar in rhetoric and media studies, is now the Deputy Rector of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, having been appointed to that position in April, 2020, he, however, assumed official duties on 1st August, 2020.

Prof. Opoku Mensah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language major degree and also a Master of Philosophy in English Language from the University of Cape Coast. He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and his doctoral research focused on an examination of the political communication of Kwame Nkrumah.

Prof. Opoku Mensah has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has also taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. His research traces the rhetorical dynamics within Ghana’s democratic culture. Particularly, presidential communication and the different spaces and situations within which they are created and performed. Concerning rhetorical performances, he has also been greatly interested with Nkrumah’s pan African rhetorical enterprise, his pre and post-independence rhetorical artefacts, their formations and how they have contributed in the creation of nationhood and citizenship in a burgeoning democratic society. He is currently working on the rhetoric and/of the media and the political communication machinery under Ghana’s fourth Republic. Prof. Opoku Mensah has attended many international conferences and workshop in Africa, Europe, the United States and Asia. He serves as a reviewer for several local and international journals in language and communication studies. He serves as an External Assessor for the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and as an External Examiner for some public and private universities in Ghana. He is a frequent visiting scholar to Uppsala University, Sweden. He has numerous peer-reviewed articles in both local and international Journals.