Four UG PhD Students Awarded Fellowships by the Danish Fellowship Centre (DFC)

The Danish Fellowship Centre (DFC) has awarded a three month fellowship programme to four (4) second year University of Ghana PhD Students as part of the “Advancing Creative Industries for Development in Ghana (ACIG)” Project tenable at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark from October – December 2021.

While in Denmark, the students namely Ms Lilian Ama Afun and Mr. Reginald Arthur of the Department of Organization and Human Resources Management, Ms Wilhemina Tetteh, Department of Theatre Arts and Mr Kobina Doudu Graham, Department of Sociology will be supervised by Professor Thilde Langevang and Professor Ana Alacovska, both faculties at CBS and Principal Researchers in the ACIG Project.

The ACIG is a 5-year research project at the University of Ghana (UG), in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark, and Loughborough University (LU), United Kingdom, with funding to the tune of Eleven Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety-Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventeen Danish Krone (DKK 11,994,917) (more than USD 1.8 million) from the Danish Foreign Ministry (DANIDA). The project which started in April 2019 is expected to end in March 2024.

The ACIG project will focus on various sub-sectors in the Ghanaian creative industry, such as the music, film, visual arts, fashion design and handicrafts sub-sectors.
The goal of the ACIG project is to strengthen research capacity through;

  • Collaborative data-collection, analysis and dissemination by the Ghanaian, Danish and British researchers, supported by three (3) Ghanaian and One (1) Danish Postdoc students coming from diverse disciplinary backgrounds spanning the arts, social sciences, and business studies.
  • Education of four (4) jointly supervised Ghanaian PhD students, who will spend time in Denmark before and after their fieldwork.
  • Annual workshops with accompanying PhD seminars to facilitate knowledge-exchange and collaboration
  • Collaboration with business practitioners and policymakers, which will enhance relations between universities, the private and public sector.

The UG team is comprised of Dr. Mohammed-Aminu Sanda (Project Co-Coordinator) of the Department of Organization and Human Resource Management, University of Ghana Business School, Prof. Akosua Kesseboa Darkwah (Principal Researcher) from the Department of Sociology, Prof. Olivia Anku-Tsede (Principal Researcher), the UG Legal Counsel, and Dr. Rashida Resario (Principal Researcher) of the Department of Theatre Arts, School of Performing Arts. The Danish team is comprised of Prof. Thilde Langevang and Prof. Ana Alacovska both from the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), while the United Kingdom team is made up of Prof. Katherine Gough and Prof. Ele Belfiore.

The project is expected to generate novel empirical and theoretical knowledge on how creative industries can contribute to sustainable economic growth and development in an African context.


From l-r: Mr. Kobina Doudu Graham, Ms. Wilhemina Tetteh, Prof Felix Asante (Pro VC, RID), Dr. Mohammed-Aminu Sanda (Project Co-Coordinator), Ms. Lilian Ama Afun and Mr. Reginald Arthur