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I’m Eric Kwame Adae, an Assistant Professor of Public Relations at Drake University.

I teach in both undergraduate and graduate public relations programs.

I am a man on a mission. As part of my “Colossus Project,” I aim to be recognized as an influential media/communication scholar and consultant of African origin, with specializations in corporate activism/advocacy, critical public relations, strategy-as-practice, Afro-futurism, Africapitalism and Africonsciousness, and development communication. 

I intentionally seek to help unlock the challenges to global development by undertaking relevant research and publication, teaching, community service, consulting, and active scholarship that speaks to some of the deepest-cutting present-day social developmental issues.

Prior to coming to academia, I was a media and communication consultant in Ghana. I have more than 15 years of professional experience under my belt, with practical experience in the promotional practices, including public relations, advertising, brand development and management, event management, and strategic change communication.

My professional experience straddles diverse contexts, such as in-house strategic communication departments, PR consultancies, advertising and branding agencies, Ghana’s private and public sectors, and the USAID and World Bank systems in the West African subregion.

A bit of my story


Drake University
University of Oregon
University of Ghana
The Institute of Public Relations (Ghana)
African University College of Communications

PR & Strategic Communication

WOW Ghana
USAID and World Bank systems in West Africa
CDH Financial Holdings
Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP)
Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Ghana)
Channel Two Communications
Evolve Ghana
Insel Communications
Vivid Marketing Systems

Major Thematic Areas of Books Published

CEO Activism
Public Relations
Corporate Activism
Inclusive Capitalism
Africa's Public Sector
Social and New Media
Responsible Management

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. in Media Studies
University of Oregon
Accredited Public Relations Professional (APR)
Institue of Public Relations (Ghana)
M.Phil. in Communication Studies
University of Ghana
Associate, Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIMG)
Chartered Institute of Marketing (Ghana)
B.A. (with Honors) in Sociology with English
University of Ghana