Priest Nana Kweku

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. He serves as Akan priest to the Temple of Nyame Dua in Maryland, and recently retired from his work as director of Foundation Links, an agency which provided individually tailored programs and therapy for young people and their families. He is a licensed social worker and therapist. Nana Kweku is the co-editor of The Black Mentally Retarded Offender, and the author of Voices from Within, a collection of spiritual meditations. Nana Kweku was recently selected to serve on the Leadership Council for Pan African Nationalism Community Council of Elders.

Nana Kweku Carr Asante has been educated by world travel, including over 20 years of intensive and annual study in Ghana, and 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 B.A. and M.S.W. from Howard University. Since 1978, Nana Kweku has served as a mental health and daily living counselor to adolescents and families through private and public agencies in Washington DC and Prince George’s County Maryland.

He has been particularly attentive to the needs of young people who have been institutionalized, incarcerated, or who struggle with 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 School through which he developed Foundation Links.

Nana Kweku established the Temple of Nyame Dua in 1988. The Temple is supported by the parent shrine in Abenase, Ghana. Temple of Nyame Dua serves families in the U.S. through clan rejuvenation and the conduct of rituals, and ministers to the people of Abenase through ongoing projects.