Ọbádélé Bakari Kambon, PhD

Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon completed his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Ghana in 2012, winning the prestigious Vice Chancellor’s award for Most Outstanding PhD Thesis. He also won the 2016 Provost’s Publications Award for best article in the College of Humanities. He is a Research Fellow in the Language, Literature and Drama section of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. Dr. Kambon is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Ghana Journal of Linguistics (GJL) and Secretary of The African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA).





Ọbádélé Bakari Kambon, Ph.D. is the loving husband of Kala Kambon and caring father of Ama, Kwaku and Akosua Kambon.

Dr. Kambon is a multi-award winning scholar, Afrikan language teacher, Editor-in-Chief and Research Fellow at IAS-UG.

He is also known by his stool name, Nana Kwame Pɛbi Date I, Ban mu Kyidɔmhene of Akuapem-Mampɔn, ruler of the rearguard.

Known as “Africano” in Capoeira circles, Dr. Kambon began his training in 1998 and has taught Asako (Afrikan=Black Combat Capoeira) in Accra since 2009.


  • Ph.D. 2012

    Ph.D. in Linguistics

    University of Ghana

  • M.A. 2006

    M.A. in Linguistics

    University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • M.A. 2006

    M.A. in African Languages and Literature

    University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • B.A. 2002

    B.A. in African American Studies

    Morehouse College


  • Present2014

    Research Fellow

    University of Ghana - Institute of African Studies

  • 20112011


    African University College of Communications

  • 20082007

    Adjunct Professor

    Chicago State University

  • 20062005

    Adjunct Professor

    Northeastern Illinois University

Featured Publications

Dr. Kambon Publications

The Pro-Indo-Aryan Anti-Black M.K. Gandhi and Ghana’s #GandhiMustFall Movement

Book Chapter
Kambon, Ọ., & Appiagyei-Atua, K.
(2018). The Pro-Indo-Aryan Anti-Black M.K. Gandhi and Ghana’s #GandhiMustFall Movement. In Oxford Rhodes Must Fall Movement (Ed.), Rhodes Must Fall: The Struggle to Decolonise the Racist Heart of Empire. London: Zed Books.
Publication year: 2018
Theory and description in African Linguistics

Serial Verb Nominalization in Akan: The Question of Intervening Elements

Book Chapter
Kambon, Ọ., Duah, R., & Appah, C.
(In press, 2018). Serial Verb Nominalization in Akan: The Question of Intervening Elements. In E. Clem, P. Jenks, & H. Sande (Eds.), Proceedings of ACAL 47. Berlin: Language Sciences Press.
Publication year: 2018
Afrikan=Black Combat Forms Hidden in Plain Sight: Engolo/Capoeira, Knocking-and-Kicking and Asafo Flag Dancing

Afrikan=Black Combat Forms Hidden in Plain Sight: Engolo/Capoeira, Knocking-and-Kicking and Asafo Flag Dancing

Journal Article
Ọbádélé Bakari Kambon
Africology: Journal of Pan-African Studies, Volume 13, Number 1, October 2018
Publication year: 2018

Researcher specializing in Total Afrikan=Black Liberation from white world terror domination.

My Awards

  • 2016
    Provost Publications Award (Early Career)

    This Award is presented to Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon (Research Fellow, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana) as the winner of the 2016 Provost Publications Award (Early Career). The award is based on your Paper titled: “Theory of Endogenous and Exogenous Motivation in L2 Migration” which was published in Per Linguam, 31(2) 2015. Your article has been noted to be a great input in the area of language teaching and learning and this work will be used by many researchers and foreign language teachers.

    Also, your work is deemed as provocative, perceptive and a well researched paper that has unmistakable relevance for the teaching and learning of foreign languages and target languages.

    Your write-up is an original contribution which challenges current theories that account for second language acquisition.
    Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon, for your outstanding contribution to knowledge and scholarship and for breaking new grounds, the College of Humanities is proud to award you the 2016 Provost Publications Award (Early Career).

    Professor Samuel Agyei-Mensah
    Provost, College of Humanities, University of Ghana

  • 2012
    Vice-Chancellor's Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (Humanities)

    The candidate’s review of the pertinent literature is fresh, detailed, and chronologically well done. The candidate took great pains in identifying participants for the research and in gathering the relevant data. This is impressive in syntax-semantic research given the fact that syntacticians often avoid field linguistics!

    The dissertation is very well written and I am willing to pass it without any reservation whatsoever. The content is excellent as is its rendition. Even though some of the examples may no longer be in use in synchronic Akan, the fact that the Candidate acknowledges the source(s) and frames such examples within his methodological and theoretical frameworks make the work a blend of diachrony with synchrony. I am happy with this kind of approach!

    Very little has been done on Akan nominalization in general and little to nothing on SVC nominalization in particular, so this study is a trailblazer or a path-finder! Syntacticians and semanticists will cite this work and continue with the discussion and issues it raises for the next couple of decades. I am impressed with the details and both the candidate and his advisors must be commended for the high degree of systematicity employed in the synthesis and analyses done in the study.

    Samuel Gyasi Obeng, DPhil

    Professor and Director

  • 2002-2005
    Foreign Language and Area Studies Award
    Funding for Advanced Study of the Akan (Twi), Yorùbá, Wolof and Kikôngo languages.
  • 1997-2002
    Full Academic Scholarship Morehouse College
    Full Academic Scholarship Morehouse College. Academic Scholarship for matriculation towards a degree in African American Studies
  • 1997
    National Merit Scholarship Award
    National Merit Scholarship for outstanding college-bound high school graduate in the amount of $2,500.