As a student at Ashesi, Joseph Awuah-Darko launched his career in the creative arts inside the University’s workshops and labs.
For his first exhibition, he developed art pieces using 3D printers on campus; and together with a team of students, he went on to launch a programme that upcycled material from Ghana’s largest e-waste dumpsite, Agbobloshie.
In a move to contribute to the growth of the resources at Ashesi that he believes have helped define his career ambitions, Joseph chose to donate $20,000 to the University this February. The gift is the largest yet from a student at Ashesi and is what Joseph hopes will be the first of many from himself and other students like him.
“Ashesi has a lot to do with who I am today,” said Joseph, speaking to why he chose to make the gift. “I had access to a lot of people and resources that truly acted as a catalyst for my journey into art and entrepreneurship. All the qualities I have – my work ethic, attention to detail – were qualities I learned from here.”
“And Ashesi affirmed, for me, that it was ok to be different,” he added. “All of this has contributed to my career as an art entrepreneur; I hope this gift goes towards strengthening the resources at Ashesi that support creative work, and that it inspires more students to engage in work outside the classroom.”
Joseph now manages an investment fund aimed at promoting the growth of contemporary African art and continues to build a reputation as one of Ghana’s breakout artists.
He is currently running a solo art exhibition at Accra’s Gallery 1957, with pieces aimed at highlighting the effects of human consumption on the environment.