D.A. Odoi

Dr. Odoi
Senior Lecturer
BA Dip Ed MPhil (UCC) P.hD (Ghana)

Dr. David Ako Odoi joined the Language Centre of University of Ghana, Legon as a Research Fellow since 2001. He received his Ph.D in English also from the University of Ghana in 2010 after obtaining B.A with Dip Ed. and M.Phil in English from University of Cape Coast in 1990 and 1996 respectively. His research interests are in the Children’s Literature and Autobiographies. 
Contact E- Mail: somobi@hotmail.comadodoi@ug.edu.ghodoiski@yahoo.com

  1.  Senior Lecturer 2016- Present
  2.  Lecturer 2013-2016
  3. Research Fellow: University of Ghana 2001- 2013
  4. Teacher: St. John Bosco’s Training College, Navrongo 1997-2001
  5. Demonstrator: University of Cape Coast 1993-1996
  6. Teacher: Gbewaah Training College, Pusiga-Bawku 1990-1993
  7. Post ̔A ̓ Level National Service (Greater Accra Regional Administration) 1984-1985 


  1. Member, Legon Hall Council (2018- Present)
  2. Member, College of Humanities Research Board (Currently)
  3. Member: Faculty of Arts Board 2003-2007
  4. External Examiner: National Board  for Professional and Technician Examinations 2004-present
  5. Resource Person in Writing Skills for the Ark Foundation: Accra 2007
  6. Writer of Distance Education Materials: University of Ghana 2002-present
  7. Served in Faculty of Arts Colloquium Planning Committee 2005/2006
  8. Part-time Lecturer: Ghana Institution of Journalism 2002-2003
  9. Resource Person: Mmofra Foundation 2003-present 
  10. Columnist, (Journey up North with David Ako Odoi) The Weekend Heritage 2002-2004
  11. Director of Community Health Plays for the Navrongo Health Research Centre 1998-2000
  12. President of the West Africa Secondary Old Students Association 2003-present
  13. Member of the Board of Governors, West Africa Secondary School 2006-2015
  14. Member of Lion’s Club International 2009-present 


  1. Coordinator: Academic Writing Unit 2003-present
  2. Tutor: Legon Hall, University of Ghana 2005-present
  3. Head: English Dept., St John Bosco’s Training College 1997
  4. Staff Secretary: St John Bosco’s Training College, 1998-2001
  5. Head: English Dept., Gbewaah Training College ,Pusiga 1991-1993
  6. Staff Secretary: Gbewaah Training College, Pusiga 1990-1993 
  7.  Honorary Basketball Coach: Gbewaah Training College, Pusiga 1990-1993
  8. President: Sikaman Drama Troupe (Resident Group, UCC) 1993-1996
  9. JCR Secretary: Casely Hayford Hall (UCC) 1999-1990 


  1. Regional Conference of the Southern African Folklore Society, 28th-30th September, 2011 University of Venda, South Africa. Paper presented: The westernization of Ghanaian society and its effects on traditional institutions like chieftaincy 
  2. Secondary International Conference on Applied Linguistics held at University of Education, Winneba, (Paper Presented: Contemporary Address Forms among the youth of Ga Mashie) November,2006. 
  3. Department of English Seminar(Proposal Paper Presented: Elements of the Autobiography in the west African Novel 2006-2007
  4. First International Conference on Applied Linguistics held at the University of Education, Winneba,(Paper Presented: Among Believers: the concept of choice and change Mariama Ba’s So Long A Letter) October, 2005
  5. Faculty of Arts Colloquia 2003-2007
  6. Faculty of Arts Colloquium, University of Ghana (Paper Presented: Lessons from Slavery for the Modern Ghanaian) May, 2003
  7. Legon-Trondheim NUFU Colloquium and Workshop, Legon 12-16 January, 2004
  8. The slave plantation System and its effects on the slave 2002 (A Paper Presented at the Language Centre Seminar Series) 
  9. Participant, Ghana English Studies Assoc. Conference, Winneba 1999 
  10. Observer, Ghana English Studies Assoc. Conference, Legon 1998
  11. Observer, International Conference on Oral Literature, Legon 1995 
  12. Resource Person, O.D.A and Teacher Education Workshop Akrokerri 1994
  13. Observer ,Panafest Colloquium 1994
  14. All Workshops organised by O.D.A and Teacher Education Division (Certified) 1990-1993 


  1. Odoi, D.A & Klu, E.K ( July, 2018) Ethnography within an Autobiographical Portrait: A case of CamaraLaye’s The African  Child. International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature. Vol. 7. No.4 Pp 87-91
  2.  Odoi, D.A. (2015). Application of the Genettean theory of the Narrative Discourse on three West African autobiographies.UDS International Journal of  DevelopmentVol.2 No.2.Pp 98-105
  3. Odoi D.A. (2014) The Making of A Modern Herbalist: Marian EwuramaAddy’sRewards. Legon-Accra :  Sub Saharan Publishers
  4. Klu, E.K., Matsshidze, P.& Odoi,  D.A (2014) The Construction of Poetry in Ghanaian Senior High School English Language Core Textbooks. International Journal of Educational Sciences Vol.7 No.3. Pp765-773.
  5. Agbozo , G.A, Adjei, M.& Odoi, D.A. (2014) Towards Universal Harmony: The Works of  Two Ghanaian Poets. Anglisticum Journal (IJLLIS) Vol.3 No. 8 Pp.24-35
  6. Odoi, D.A & Agbozo,G.E.(2014) Taboos as Scientific Restrictions for Healthy Living among the Mafi- Ewe.  Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences Vol.5 No.4. Pp.733-743
  7. Agbozo, G.E, Odoi, D.A & Dorgbetor, N. (2014).We’re on our Ears: A Linguistic Analysis of Translation in an African Novel.   Research on Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol.4 No. 9. Pp. 126-135
  8. Odoi, D.A, Rafapa, L.& Klu, E.K (2014). Negotiating Social Change in TsitiDangarembga’s Nervous Conditions. In Journal of Social Sciences Vol.38.No.2. Pp 151-158
  9. Klu, E.K, Odoi, D.A, Mulaudzi, L.M.P., Gudlhuza, W.J, Makhwathana, R.M., Maluleke, M.J, & Neeta, N.C. (2013)Towards a Quest of making Indigenous South African Languages Relevant in South African Classrooms.  Studies of Tribes and TribalsVol.11 No. 1. Pp 39-42
  10. Klu, E.K., Neeta, N.C., Makhwathana, R.N, Gudlhuza, W.J., Maluleke, M.J., Mulaudzi, L.M.P &Odoi, D.A. (2013) Arguments For and Against the use of Indigenous African Languages in South African Schools. Studies of Tribes and TribalsVol .11 No.1. Pp35-38
  11. Klu, E.K, Frempong,G.& Odoi, D.A. (2012) The role of Culture, Taboo and Language in engendering the effective dissemination of the HIV/AIDS message in Africa. Southern African Journal for Folklore StudiesVol. 22 No.2 Pp.141-146.


Courses taught: 
Language in Education, Language and Literature, the Autobiography