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.