Akolgo Ayine is an emerging academic, art enthusiast, critic and curator. He is also a social entrepreneur, author, pastor, motivational speaker, youth activist and graphic designer. He is the CEO of Smile Business and Multimedia Consultancy Limited, a printing and multimedia business that specializes in designing and printing of all forms of promotional materials and ICT training based in Bolgatanga. He is also a founding member and Executive Secretary of Witty Minds Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) duly registered and operating in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, with a vision to inspire, mentor and raise smart leaders in every field of endeavor with an unquenchable pursuit of transformative progress and prosperity. He is currently, pursuing a PhD in African Studies at the University of Ghana. Until then, he was also a part-time lecturer at the Fountain Gate Bible College, Bolgatanga. He holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in African Studies and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology both from the University of Ghana.
Personally, he is an epitome of academic excellence and exceptional strength of mind and character. Despite his physical disability, he is inspiring many youth across the Northern part of Ghana, challenging them to rise above their odds and live dream fulling lives. His first book, “Artistic Representations of Gender,” is an academic monograph, an in-depth analysis of the art and symbolisms of Sirigu and how it represents their identity and worldview. He and his amazing wife Lydia are blessed with three wonderful children Ashlyn, Amram and Aadne.
Akolgo is a Senior Curator at the Bolgatanga Regional Museum. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and member of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA). He is a beneficiary and Fellow of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project on “Entanglement, Mobility and Improvisation: Culture and Arts in Contemporary African Urbanism and its Hinterlands.” He is also a beneficiary and Fellow of the Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship Scheme. He was a Community Xchange Participant between Bolgatanga and Plymouth, UK, a professional development programme for community leaders, activists and workers managed by the British Council and VSO.