Dr Kwesi Owusu heads AUCC School of Creative Arts

BY: Kouame Koulibaly
Dr Kwesi Owusu
Dr Kwesi Owusu

Author, filmmaker, poet, music producer and marketing communications expert, Dr Kwesi Owusu, has been appointed Director of the newly created School of Creative Arts (SoCA) at the African University College of Communications (AUCC).

Announcing the appointment in a Facebook post, the Founder of the AUCC, Mr Kojo Yankah, said Dr Owusu would bring his wide and rich experience in the arts to drive AUCC's newest school.

Mr Yankah stated that the school would run certificate and degree courses in areas such as Website Design, Mobile Apps Design, Architectural Computer-Aided Design, Fashion Design, 3D Computer Animation and Film/Television Production.

"The School of Creative Arts begins the third phase of the AUCC's growth as a professional tertiary institution of relevance in a changing world," Mr Yankah added.

Educated at Adisadel College and the London School of Economics, Dr Owusu is also the CEO of Creative Storm Ghana, a communications and social marketing company based in Accra.

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He is an associate of Cambridge University and author of four books on culture published by Routledge International.

He was nominated Personality of the Century by the Millennium Excellence Awards in 2006 and won the Entertainment Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana (ECRAG) Cultural Ambassador award in 2008.

Dr Owusu is also the Director of the Environmental Film Festival of Accra.

His film credits include Ama (Channel 4 UK, Artificial Eye, 1991); Ouaga, African Cinema Now (Channel 4 UK, 1986); Water Is Life (Creative Storm Ghana, 2004); Highlife - Ghana's Musical Soul (Creative Storm Ghana, 2004) and The Lights Have Gone Out Again (Creative Storm Ghana, 2009).

There have been loads of congratulatory messages from all over the world to Dr Owusu since the announcement of his appointment.

Brazil-based internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, arranger/producer and composer, Dave Yowell, said kudos and promised to make his experience available to the AUCC's SoCA whenever required.

BBC Producer, Ruhi Hamid, said she was happy to hear the news and stated that she could find time to run a master class in documentary filmmaking if asked.