Edwin Jackson Anafi Asomaning

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Edwin Jackson Anafi Asomaning
Edwin Jackson Anafi Asomaning

(1930-09-21)21 September 1930
Died26 April 2001(2001-04-26) (aged 70)
OccupationPlant Pathologist
Academic background
EducationAccra Academy
Alma mater
Academic work

Edwin Jackson Anafi Asomaning (21 September 1930 – 13 May 2001) was a Ghanaian plant pathologist who was director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana from 1965 to 1980.[1]

He was a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Asomaning was born on 21 September 1930 at Sra in Somanya to Charles Kwadwo Asomaning and Matilda Owiredua. His father, Charles Kwadwo Asomaning, when he was 11 years of age became Nana Frempong Manso II, Omanhene (Paramount Chief) of the Akim Kotoku Traditional Area in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

Asomaning had his elementary school education at Sra Presbyterian Junior School and Akyem Awisa Presbyteraian Junior School. From 1942 to 1945 he attended Oda Government School where he passed the Middle School Leaving Examination with Distinction. Asomaning attended the Accra Academy for his secondary education from 1946 to 1950.[1] Upon completion of his secondary education, he worked at the Audit Department and the Department of Education as a clerical officer. In 1953,[4] he was granted a scholarship to attend Iowa State University in Ames, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1956. He enrolled at Yale University and studied for a master's and a doctoral degree in plant physiology.[1] He undertook post-doctoral work at Long Ashton Research Station in Bristol in the United Kingdom.[1][5]


After his studies abroad, he joined the staff of the West African Cocoa Research Institute (WACRI), now known as the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) in Tafo in the Eastern Region of Ghana.[1][5] In 1965, Asomaning was appointed the institute's director.[6] In 1970, he was elected a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.[2][3] In February 1979, he retired as director of the institute.[7] A year later, he was offered an appointment at Cocoa House in Accra as a special advisor to the Ghana Cocoa Board(COCOBOD), a position he held for a year before resigning.[1][5]

He went into private farming and served on the boards of the Ghana Cocoa Board, the Oil Palm Research Institute of Kusi (of which he was chairman) and the Asua Pra Rural Bank of Afosu (only the 3rd rural bank in Ghana at the time). He also served as the Ombudsman for the Ghana Oil Palm Development Corporation (GOPDC) outgrowers at Kwae in the Eastern Region.[5]

In 1985, the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government appointed him as a member of the National Economic Commission which it set up.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Uwechue, Raph (1991). Africa's Who's Who. Africa Journal Limited, 1991. p. 229. ISBN 9780903274173.
  2. ^ a b Proceedings of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. Secretariat of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1995. 1995. p. v. ISBN 9789988572020.
  3. ^ a b "Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences". gaas.org. 17 July 2019.
  4. ^ International Educational, Cultural And Related Activities for African Countries South of the Sahara. United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. 1961. p. 275.
  5. ^ a b c d "Dr.E.J.A Asomaning". ejaasomaning.blogspot.com. 17 June 2014.
  6. ^ CRIG Handbook (Revised) (PDF). Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, Tafo. 2006. p. 23.
  7. ^ West African Cocoa Research Institute (1984). Annual Report - Cocoa Research Institute. The Institute., 1984. p. 8.
  8. ^ West Africa , Issues 3532 - 3548. West Africa Publishing Corporation,1985. 1985.