Simon A. Annoh
Simon A. Annoh is a man of many talents. He is a gifted professional singer and drummer, with an international teaching and performance resume. He spent nine years studying with Mustapha Tettey Addy at the Academy of African Music and Arts, and is currently the director of the Akrowa Dance Ensemble in Kokrobite. He also has experience in construction supervision and is fiercely devoted to overseeing the successful completion of the Akpe Cultural Center. He is onsite daily, checking on every detail of construction and expense.
Maputo A. Mensah
Maputo A. Mensah is the prime mover behind the Akpe Cultural Center. He has been performing professionally since the age of five, first with his family of musicians and later as a member of the Akrowa Dance Ensemble in Kokrobite and the West African Folkloric Troupe in Accra. He spent 14 years at the Academy of African Music and Arts in Kokrobite, teaching there and studying with the great Mustapha Tettey Addy. He has taught and performed the world over, and currently teaches at the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, and K-12 schools throughout the Rocky Mountain region. He regularly conducts African dance and drumming workshops around the U.S. and abroad, and he directs his own dance troupe, Logo Ligi, based in Boulder, Colorado. Each summer, he takes a group of students to Ghana for a deep immersion in its culture and arts. It has been his life's dream to reestablish a teaching space for the African performing arts in Kokrobite, and four years ago, he took the first steps to realize it.
We are fortunate to have Paa Nii as our general contractor for the Akpe Cultural Center. His wide experience in both commercial and residential building in the greater Accra area has been invaluable to us over and over, helping us improve our design, save money, and streamline construction. Thanks, Paa Nii!