Akwaaba! Welcome to Temple of Nyame Dua

We Greet You in Peace

It is the human being that counts. I call gold; it does not answer.   I call cloth; it does not answer.  It is the human being that counts.

– Traditional Wisdom

WE are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
we OFFER spiritual guidance and practical solutions to Life's challenges

To Individuals

in their quests for self-value, self-knowledge, peace of mind, and healthy relationships

To Communities

in their efforts to secure a brighter day for young and old

we sponsor travel to the motherland

Temple of Nyame Dua sponsors study tours to West Africa to help travelers understand their place in history, their cultural moorings, and their relationship to the Divine. Led by guides with almost 50 years of combined experience, participants travel to natural wonders, traditional sites, and those related to enslavement (such as the slave prisons in Cape Coast). Sojourners experience hands-on activities, cultural delights, and time with regional leaders, artists, and artisans. We engage in discussion, meditation, and prayer to help travelers process their thoughts and feelings regarding the complexities of claim and acceptance. Click on the arrow to hear the sounds of voices and drumming from the village of Abenase, pictured here.

We SUPPORT THE STUDY OF africology and spirituality

Discover the stories behind the photos above by clicking on “learn more.”

Okomfo Nana Kweku Carr Asante

Nana serves as priest to the Temple of Nyame Dua which he founded in 1988. The seventh son born to Sammie D and Valentine Carr in Humboldt, Tennessee, Nana Kweku has dedicated his life to African spiritual liberation, advancing peace within our communities wherever we may be, and providing assistance to our young people in their journeys to self-realization. The Temple is supported by the home shrine in Abenase, Ghana. The Temple of Nyame Dua serves families in the US through clan rejuvenation and the conduct of life-enriching rituals. It ministers to the people of Abenase and surrounding areas through ongoing projects. These projects include building wells to supply clean water, renovating schools, providing students with financial support to attend school and college, distributing school supplies to the Akyemansa School District and provisions to widows each Xmas, allotting sports equipment to village football teams and a local school, and laptops to educational districts. Through his dedication, the Temple has built a network of friends in the US and Africa to complete a medical clinic and a library/women’s literacy/and IT center and continues to help people obtain clean water, access to education, health care, purposeful recreation, and advance the cause of peace. Nana Kweku also pursues his peace mission as an active participant in the L-C PAN Community Council of Elders for the DC Metropolitan Area. In this capacity, he collaborates with other elders to resolve conflict within the African community and to promote programs that advance unity. Nana has been educated by world travel, including over 30 years of intensive and annual study in Ghana. He has been guided by the teachings of his ancestors, most especially his father. He is an avid reader and student of life. He earned his BA and his MSW from Howard University. As a licensed social worker and therapist, Nana Kweku began his service as a mental health and daily living counselor to adolescents and families in 1980. He has been particularly attentive to the needs of young people who have been institutionalized, incarcerated, or challenged by addiction. In 1986, he co-founded the MAAT Institute for Human and Organizational Enhancement, Inc., where he served as clinical social worker and director. MAAT conducted rites of passage programs, manhood training, and delivered family, group, and individual therapy. In 1991, he became affiliated with the developmental institution Foundation Schools through which he developed and directed Foundation Links. As director, he coordinated individually tailored programs and therapies for young people and their families. Nana Kweku is the co-editor of The Black Mentally Retarded Offender, and the author of Voices from Within, a collection of spiritual meditations. For Nana Kweku, his work has just begun.

Below left, Nana Kweku is pictured with Okyeame (Spokesperson) Kwadwo Ani Seker Ba, and at right, Abusuapanyin (Guardian of the House) Nyansa Kwadwo Ausarru El. Both assist Nana with the guidance of Temple of Nyame Dua.

Papa Kwadwo Ani Seker Ba has been a member of Temple of Nyame Dua for 13 years. He always remembers this anniversary because his son was only a few months old when the family arrived at the shrine. Papa Ani has traveled to the village shrine in Abenase, Ghana and is proud to serve as a member of the shrine. He specializes in spiritual cleansing, African Tradition, and meditation. Papa has studied yoga and meditation at the Satchindananda Ashram.

Papa Ani is a Master Secondary Educator specializing in  English Language and Literature. He is currently working in education with Prince George’s County Public Schools as a School Testing Coordinator. He was named a 2012 Teacher of Promise by Maryland State Department of Education. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Instructional Technology from Walden University.

Papa Nyansa Kwadwo Ausarru El has been a member of the Temple of Nyame Dua for 15 years. He is a strategist, technologist,  avid seeker of the truth, and a devoted family man.