David Adu-Amankwah

David Adu-Amankwah

Senior Lecturer, Akan/Twi, African Studies Program


  • Ph.D., Folklore, Indiana University, 2003

About David Adu-Amankwah

David Adu-Amankwah holds a Ph.D. degree in Folklore with a minor in African languages and linguistics. His research interests have focused on language, folklore, and culture, with special reference to the Akan ethnic group of Ghana. He is currently a senior lecturer, and has taught language and culture courses within Indiana University-Bloomington’s African Studies Program since 1994. He also taught Akan language and culture at the University of Florida-Gainesville from 2003 to 2004.

He has published several journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and books, including Asante-Twi Learners’ Reference Grammar (2003), Wo Nso Ka Bi: Basic Akan Grammar and Practice (2013), Understanding your Writing Test in English: Titbits for School Candidates, (2015), Tie Ma Mense Wo: Basic Vocabulary for Asante-Twi Learners (2016), and Siesie Wo Ho Sie: Elementary Akan (Asante-Twi) Vocabulary (2018). David's Akan Jokelore: Jokes and Joking in an African Community is coming out soon.