Who We Are



Rashid Iddrisu (Wari)


in 2008 Rashid Iddrisu is a Gonja from Sawla in the Savannah Region, Ghana. A human rights activist, linguist, singer, and cultural broker for migrants in Barcelona, Spain, he was an economic migrant to Spain arriving in 2001. He founded CEHDA (www.cehdaghana.org) in 2008 to serve the migrant communities in Spain.  He now divides his time between Barcelona and Sawla (Ghana) to help migrants find the way home, and to develop opportunities for all to discover African traditional knowledge, language, and culture.

He speaks eight African languages and Spanish, English, and Catalan


Buipe Wura Abdulai Jinapor II


Jinapor II is the Paramount Chief of the Buipe Traditional Area and Vice President of the Gonja Traditional Council.  He is also a member of the Regional House of Chiefs and the National House of Chiefs of Ghana.


Kong Wura Seidu Adamu Jinkurge I


Jinkurge I is the Paramount Chief of the Kong Traditional Area and a member of the Gonja Traditional Council as well as a member of the Regional House of Chiefs and the National House of Chiefs of Ghana.



“Empire” Christian Baiden
Accra logistics
Our photographer (Accra)
Emanuel Asamoah
Savannah Region logistics
materials procurement (Sawla)
Osman Latif
Program Coordinator
Savannah Region (Sawla)

Our International Advisors


Mette Brogden, Ph.D., is a cultural and medical anthropologist who works on issues of migration, trauma recovery, conflict resolution, and cultural preservation.  She has mentored four African grassroots community organizations through startup into strategic growth.  An experienced NGO and government official, she has managed the resettlement and integration of more than 6,000 refugees in the U.S. from 21 countries. Previously she served as the neutral facilitator for regional and national multi-stakeholder environmental policy dialogues. She is an assistant professor of practice in Graduate Programs in Human Rights Practice, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.


Peter Donaldson’s extensive career in agribusiness has taken him around the world as a consultant and senior manager working both sides of agricultural businesses:  growing and international marketing of table grapes. He was an independent owner/grower on a 30-acre farm in Chile, exporting grapes to the U.K, the U.S., and the Netherlands before moving back to the U.S. He holds an M.B.A. from Colorado State University, and has a B.A. in plant sciences, soil science and plant pathology from University of Arizona, where he is finishing an MA in Human Rights Practice.  Peter is working with Sawla young people to establish a native tree nursery as his capstone project, and will contribute his expertise to WIACT through starting a seed bank, fostering agricultural development, and investigating dry season farming possibilities in Savannah region.