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Benjamina Efua Dadzie is a Ghanaian Italian researcher with interest in Akan and Yoruba culture. In her work she explores agency, representation and self-determination. Her current research deals with missionary presence and collections gathered in 19th century Abeokuta (southwestern Nigeria).
Her field is an intersection of Art History, Museology, Archaeology and Anthropology. She has presented her work in both academic and non-academic settings.

She is a former Graduate Attaché at the British Institute in Eastern Africa and Collections Assistant in Anthropology at the University of Cambridge’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

She produces and co-hosts the museum-centred podcast African Object Lessons.

Read more about her research.

Key Research Interests

  • 19th century missionary collecting
  • Museum interpretation
  • Museum documentation
  • Yorùbá material culture
  • Yorùbá spirituality and divinity
  • Akan trade and currency

Administrative Posts

Co-lead - Sainsbury Research Unit Graduate Conference 2023

Student Ambassador - University Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing (ARM)

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Call for Papers Sainsbury Research Unit Graduate Conference 2023

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Dec 2017

Bachelor of Arts, University of Manchester

Award Date: 28 Jun 2016

External positions

Member, Museum Ethnographers Group

Research and Collections Officer, National Museum of World Cultures

… → Jan 2023


  • Anthropology