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Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh

A swindler from Ghana

Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh: the questions that remain — 31 December 2019

Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh: the questions that remain

This website offers the results of a thorough journalistic investigation into the person, practices and projects of Ghanaian swindler Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh. But some questions remain.

Our research focused on the main elements in his CV that he lied about, and the cases where he committed fraud and scammed people. Some questions that emerged in our research we will try to address here. We do this with a clear disclaimer though: the answers express only the personal observation / impression of the investigators.

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How Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh stole a school teacher’s entire life savings — 4 October 2019

How Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh stole a school teacher’s entire life savings

In Spring 2019 Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh swindled a Ghanaian school teacher for 21,000 Cedi (4,200 US Dollar). As this was her entire life savings, it landed her in financial distress and depression. In this criminal act he abused the Ghana Library Authority, the Dutch Embassador to Ghana and Dutch NGO Quest For Wisdom Foundation. This is our reconstruction of what happened.

In late 2018 and early 2019 Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh lived in the Bijlmer area of Amsterdam. The neighborhood hosts a large Ghanaian migrant community. Why he moved there is unclear, though it could be related to his application at the University of Amsterdam. In this period he volunteered with two organizations, Burennetwerk and the Vrijwilligers Centrale Amsterdam, for small unpaid jobs. This landed him with a Dutch NGO, the Quest For Wisdom Foundation in Weesp, near Amsterdam.

This organization holds an official cultural charity status and is led by philosopher Heidi Muijen. It aims to “stimulate intercultural learning and diversity as a way to gain wisdom.” Impressed by Addeah’s gentle and thoughtful appearance, and without any background checks, the board members of this foundation immediately invited him to contribute articles to their website Wijsheidsweb, articles that Muijen also quoted in a contribution for scientific magazine Civis Mundi.

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Is Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh really a best-selling author on the life of Ghanaian street children? — 2 October 2019

Is Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh really a best-selling author on the life of Ghanaian street children?

Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh claims he’s an award-winning best-selling author in his country Ghana. But is this really true?

Let’s first look at what he writes about himself. On Wijsheidsweb, a website of Dutch NGO Quest For Wisdom Foundation, he states:

“In 2004 I received my second big award in writing. I was awarded the UNESCO Best Children’s Writer in a completion that saw over one thousand people contesting and with me emerging as the winner.”

“While still in active service at the bank, I felt the urge to go out there and do more work that would rather solve the Nation’s problems other than just coming to sit in the office everyday doing credit and debit; and so I decided that my expertise in handling children could be of tremendous assistance in solving the issue of Ghana’s growing street children problem and this pushed me to volunteer with Chance for Children, a Swiss street children project with an office in Ghana, in 2010.”

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Why universities around the world reject Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh’s applications — 20 September 2019

Why universities around the world reject Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh’s applications

An interesting aspect of Ghanaian swindler Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh is that he persistently tries to gain access to universities around the world. He applies for all kinds of courses, master studies, scholarships and grants. However, most universities and scholarship organizations who check his diplomas and transcripts turn him down.

Checking Kwadwo Addeah Prempeh’s academic track record was a time-intensive investigation, during which we contacted nine universities in six countries. Based on what we found we are confident to conclude that he fabricated his diplomas, transcripts and recommendations, and doesn’t hold an academic title. Therefore he is not qualified to apply for any master program at any university.

In this longread we also explain in detail how universities check the diplomas of international applicants, and what role scholarships play in this.

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