Ebenezer Ayesu, Ph.D.

Heritage Christian College Campus. Amasaman behind stadium junction

Ebenezer Ayensu, PhD

Senior Lecturer
  • Head, General Studies Department
  • Lecturer, Theology Department
  • Member, HCC Council


  • PhD, History; Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA, 2011 Dissertation: “Tradition and Change in the History of Chieftaincy in Akuapem Ghana During British Colonial Rule, 1874-1960.”
  • MPhil, African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon, 1998 Thesis: “The Role of Asafo in the Politics of the Akuapem State, 1900-1920: The Ankwansu Riots”
  • BA (Hons), History, University of Ghana, Legon
  • Additional Studies Cert ‘A 3-Year Post Secondary (Professional Certificate) Presbyterian Training College, Akropong Akuapem, 1981.


  • Ayesu Ebenezer, Gbormittah Francis and Kwame Adum-Kyeremeh. 2016. “British Colonialism and Women’s Welfare in the Gold Coast Colony,” Africa Today, 63(2): 3-30.
  • Ayesu Ebenezer, Kwame Adum-Kyeremeh and Juliet Oppong-Boateng. 2019. “The Sunyani-Domase (Ghana) Chieftaincy Dispute in Retrospect,” Journal of Asian and African Studies. 54(1): 38-51. DOI: 10.1177/0021909618794986
  • Ayesu Ebenezer. 2017. “A Tale of Two Worlds: An Early Nineteenth-Century Encounter between the Akan and the Danes and the Rise of Protestantism in West Africa” in William Ackah et. al. (eds), Religion, Culture and Spirituality in Africa and the African Diaspora. (Routledge, New York), pp. 41-55.
  • Ayesu Ebenezer and Osei-Tutu John Kwadwo. 2018 “Diplomacy, Identity and Appropriation of the “Door of No Return”. President Barack Obama and Family in Ghana and the Cape Coast Castle, 2009” in J. K. Osei-Tutu and V.E. Smith, (e.ds), Shadows of Empire in West Africa: New Perspectives on European Fortifications. Series: African Histories and Maternities. (Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing/Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 297-326.
  • Ayesu Ebenezer; Godwin Adjei and Kwame Amoah-Labi. 2018. “One Man Thousand: Oyeeman Wereko Ampem II, an Epitome of Tradition and Modernity” in Esi Sutherland-Addy and Mercy Akrofi Ansah (eds.) Building the Nation: Seven Notable Ghanaians. Ghana: University of Ghana, pp. 291-311.
  • Ayesu Ebenezer. 2019. “Not on this Mat: A Biographical Sketch on Marriage, Sexual, Gender and Labour Relations in Ghanaian (African) History,” in Akinloyè Òjó, Ibigbolade S. Aderigbe and Felisters Jepchirchir Kiprono (eds.) Gender and Development in Africa and its Diaspora. London: Routledge, pp. 155-166.
  • “Motherhood and Chieftaincy Politics in Ghana: A Case Study of King Frederick Kwasi Akuffo and Madam Akua Oye, 1895-1920s,” in Sub-Saharan Africa: Culture, History and People, P. S. Koku, (ed), Nova, 2021.

Book Reviews

  • “Workplace Anguish and Pleasure in Northern Nigeria: Exactions of Colonial Governing.” (2016), 142 pp ISBN 978-9988-2-4607-5 Woeli Publishing Services, Accra.
  • “K. A. BUSIA: ‘A Symbol of Democracy’ – Exploration of His Life and Works” August, 2019. Busia Foundation, Accra.

Memberships or Associations

  • Historical Society of Ghana (HSG)
  • African Studies Association (ASA)
  • African Studies Association-Africa

Classes Taught

  • Religious and Moral Education
  • Church History I, II
  • African Traditional Religion
  • Islamic Studies
  • Ghanaian Culture and Family
  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Introduction to World History

Research interest

  • Church History
  • Labour, Gender and Sexuality
  • Chieftaincy and Traditional Leadership
  • Traditional Rites and Rituals
  • Afro-European Relations
  • African Diaspora
  • Socio-Cultural Impact on Roads and the Transport Industry
  • Biographies

Recommended Readings and Resources

  • Grillo, L. S., Ndzovu, H., & Klinken, A. V. (2019). Religions in Contemporary Africa: An Introduction (1st ed.). Routledge.
  • Mbiti, J. S. (2015). Introduction to African Religion (2nd ed.). Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Mokhoathi, J. (2021). “I am an African”: A Philosophical Enquiry of Identity and Culture. Journal of Black Studies, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1177/00219347211047874
  • Portuphy, D. G., and Adom-Portuphy, C. (2020). Two Worlds at War: Finding Common Cultural Grounds for African Immigrant Parents and Their Children. Xulon Press.
  • Salim, A. R. (2020). Islam Explained: A Short Introduction to History, Teachings, and Culture. Rockridge Press.
  • Thomas, D. E. (2015). African Traditional Religion in the Modern World (2d ed.). McFarland.
  • Wehbe-Alamah, H., Hammonds, L. S., & Stanley, D. (2020). “Culturally Congruent Care from the Perspectives of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 32(2), 119-128. https://doi.org/10.1177/1043659619900000
  • Yashar'el, B. (2020). The Truth about Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the Hebrew Israelites. Independently published.