African American Museum Designer Calls On Ghana’s Ambassador to US
Mr. David Adjaye, a Ghanaian architect and lead designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, located on the National Mall in Washington DC, on Friday, October 7, 2016 paid a courtesy call on Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Henry Smith at the Chancery.Welcoming Mr. Adjaye to the Embassy, Ambassador Smith praised his exceptional qualities as an architect and as a worthy ambassador of the great country Ghana.
“The first time I met Mr. Adjaye, I was surprised at his humility because it’s not very often that we find someone with businesses in four continents, London, New York, Berlin, and Accra, recognized everywhere around the world, look so simple but inspiring,” Ambassador Smith said of Mr. Adjaye.
Africa, especially Ghana, need the qualities of Mr. Adjaye to develop and prompted the Ghanaian architect to endeavor to transfer his knowledge back home to help in national development, Ambassador Smith said.
Speaking about the African American Museum, which was opened last September, 2016 and the opportunities it offers Africans, Mr. Adjaye hoped people of African descent would take advantage of the recognition and understanding the museum has brought to the Diaspora about the history of Africans.
Members of staff who joined Ambassador Smith to receive Mr. Adjaye to the Embassy were the Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Skido Achulo and Head of Chancery, Mr. Ernest-Burke Asare-Asiedu, and sectional heads of the Mission.
Mr. Adjaye’s parents are both Ghanaians. His father was a diplomat with the Ghana Embassy in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania where David was born in 1966.