Peace Building in sub Saharan Africa-Ubuntu Philosophy and the Decolonizing of Knowledge - INT 100/201 APPROVED!

Monday, October 26, 2020
3:00 p.m.
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Baffour Boaten Boahen- Boaten, M.Sc., PgDip., MBPsS  (University of Glasgow-Scotland, UK) (Stellenbosch University-South Africa) is a lecturer in psychology at Eswatini Medical Christian University in Mbabane, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) in southern Africa.  Baffour possesses diverse educational experiences as he has had the benefit of education across three continents. He attended GVSU here in the US to study psychology in 2011 and went on to graduate from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana as the Valedictory Speaker in 2012.

He is an expert in global mental health with a graduate degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Further, he completed, in April 2020, a Postgraduate Diploma (pass with Distinction) in HIV/AIDS Management from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  Baffour has made major contributions to the fields of Global Mental Health, Southern African Social Psychology, Public Behavioral Health with his teaching, publications, and work as a field scientist.

His intellectual and research pursuits have evolved to include interests in African studies particularly regarding the use of Africa’s indigenous knowledge systems to address Africa’s challenges and which are also broadly aimed at knowledge decolonisation. He has, thus, designed and teaches an African Psychology course and was a contributing co-author of the recently published first edition of Social Psychology - A Global and Southern African Perspectives, a comprehensive introductory social psychology text that establishes relevant and in-depth understanding of social psychological concepts and issues from the standpoint of the African psyche and experiences.  Baffour will be discussing Ubuntu Philosophy & Peace-Building in sub-Saharan Africa-Decolonizing Knowledge. He co-presented on this research project in 2017 at the first-ever Pan-African Psychology Congress in Durban, South Africa.

In addition to holding a lecturing position in the Department of Psychology at Eswatini Medical Christian University in the Kingdom of Eswatini, he also serves as Lead Behavioral Scientist for International Sustainability Health Education & Water (ISHEW) and continues to provide leadership surrounding very difficult social and health problems in both West and Southern African nations.

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