A Ghanaian professor in the United States, Professor Baffour Takyi, has died of covid-19.
The Univeristy of Akron, Ohio, where the late professor teaches, has announced his passing which occurred last month.
Takyi died just before Thanksgiving in November after contracting the coronavirus. He was 64 years of age.
“The Ghanaian community in Akron has lost a kindhearted and dedicated mentor,” a fellow Ghanaian professor at the University, Enoch Damson, said in announcing his friend and colleague’s death.
“He offered so much to his family, friends and the African community. Thanksgiving will never be the same without him and I miss his enduring friendship already.”
Takyi reportedly held a Thanksgiving dinner every year with international students at the school to give them a taste of home in the States.
According to the Beacon Journal in Akron, Takyi moved to the U.S in 1983 after gaining his bachelor’s degree in sociology in Ghana, going on to gain his master’s and doctorate from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.
He served as an adjunct professor in the African Studies Department at SUNY-Albany and a policy research analyst for the New York State Department of Social Services and New York State Department of Health before joining the University of Akron.
May he rest in peace.