A Year of Sharing Knowledge and Broadening Cultural Understanding – Dr. Joseph Jones Jr – Ghana 1973

Fortunately, I was able to share my Fulbright Year with my wife and two daughters. Representatives of the United States Information Service and the host from the Ghanaian University facilitated our arrival in Ghana and assisted our occupancy of our living quarters on the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.

Our house was located in a residential section of the campus and we had a house keeper, cook, and gardener. My teaching assignment included courses in biology for students majoring in the subject. I attended university administrative council meetings and meetings of the biology department. Students were also interested in discussing life in the United States and pursuing graduate studies. Specifically, seeking admission and obtaining scholarships. In addition to teaching, I engaged in some research on parasites of the pied crow which is a common species in Ghana and related it to the American crow that was the host for parasites discovered during my doctoral studies at The Ohio State University.

On weekends and during the holidays, my family and I visited historical sites such as Elmina Castle that was the staging site for slaves sent to the Americas; market sites for the purchase of artifacts; and to the castle of the Asantehene, the absolute monarch of the Asante people. We drove to nearby countries of Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. In Togo, we were surprised to meet an African American couple who operated the motel in which we spent one night while traveling to Nigeria. We departed Ghana in the summer of 1974 and spent two weeks in Europe on our way back to the United States. The Fulbright experience provided strength to the new position for which I was employed at Texas Southern University upon my return to the United States.

Dr. Joseph Jones Jr – Fulbright to Ghana 1973

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