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Maame Boatemaa

BA Candidate - Sankofa: (Re) Defining the Post-Colonial City

The formation of Maame’s concentration is owed to the inspiration her birth city, Accra, provided during her formative years. During her journey at Gallatin, Maame found the classes “Postcolonial Urbanism,” a travel course in Dakar taught by Rosalind Fredericks and “Oil Geopolitics and Urbanization” taught by Ricardo Cardoso germane to the development of her concentration. The interdisciplinary approach to academia offered by Gallatin also led her to take classes in politics, peace and conflict studies, history, and the arts. While at NYU, Maame secured several research grants to conduct two research projects: one, in 2017, on youth employability in Ghana and a second in 2018 on urban agriculture in Dakar.

With the findings from her first research project on youth employability, Maame developed a curriculum for a Youth Fellowship Program at the UNFPA in Accra, aimed at mentoring national service personnel and equipping them with employable skills such as team building, research, and creative thinking. The Fellowship Program has since been implemented and will be a part of the UNFPA Accra agenda permanently.

In the summer of 2018, Maame used her research findings from Dakar to consult for a startup agricultural company on ways to implement sustainability practices on a large-scale farm in Ghana. Post-graduation, Maame hopes to continue her studies in Urban Planning and eventually secure a PhD on the subject of African Urbanism.

Maame Boatemaa