Traditional And Religious Plants Of West Africa
Daniel Kwesi Abbiw is a Fanti. He was born at Winneba (Ghana) on Sunday September 3rd 1939 (the same day that Britain officially declared war on Germany to begin the II World War).
He attended Achimota Secondary School from 1955-59; Forestry Training School from 1960-62; Cape Coast University from 1968-71; and the Imperial Forestry Institute, Oxford University & The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 1980-82.
He was appointed Curator of the Ghana Herbarium (GC) from 1972-92; Research Associate from 1992-99 and Technical Advisor from 1999-2004 – all at the University of Ghana, Legon.
From 2007-09 he was a consultant in Plant Taxonomy and Ethnobotany at Plant Medicine Co. Ltd. in Ghana.
He is the author of Useful Plants of Ghana (1990) Intermediate Technology Publications & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and twenty five (25) published papers.
He is a member of Association pour l’Etude Taxonomique de la Flore d’Afrique Tropicale (AETFAT); and read papers at AETFAT conferences in USA, Germany, Britain and The Netherlands.
He has collected plant specimens from Togo, Benin Republic, Ivory Coast and Liberia; but more extensively from his native Ghana for Herbaria in Ghana, Africa and other parts of the world since 1960.
He is commemorated by Pandanus abbiwii Huynh. Pandanaceae. Common Name: Screwpine. (symbol of longevity).
He is married with 2 daughters and his hobby is playing Hymn Tunes on the organ.
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