Kojo Ade Bio

Kojo Ade was born on August 8, 1949 at Harlem Hospital to parents Eunice and Horace Booker. He attended school at Frederick Douglas Middle School and Taft High School.  Kojo was an excellent student and graduated from high school near the top of his class.  From an early age Kojo had a passion for the arts which he expressed through choral singing, and acting. His parents, extended family, and the Harlem community instilled in him a sense of purpose, spirituality, and pride in African and African-American history and culture.  As a young adult, Kojo attended City College of New York majoring in Africana studies and Swahili. His studies at City College along with studies in Ghana and Nigeria, fueled his development as a global citizen interested in world culture, history and politics with a specific focus on the African continent. He also attended photography and arts marketing courses at AJASS and Third World Cinema.

Kojo is a people person who enjoys building bridges and fellowship among many people.  He is known in New York City and beyond as a griot, communicator and Ambassador for the Arts.  He is a linguist, and is able to greet people in Swahili, Yoruba, Spanish, French, Russian and Japanese.

Kojo has served many individual artists, writers, and arts organizations with professional services in audience development, group sales, public relations, and marketing.  In this role, Kojo is a highly recognizable figure at Broadway and off-Broadway venues, festivals, and conferences throughout New York and nationally. Some of these organizations include: New York African Film Festival, The Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Africa Brooklyn Academy of Music, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown Evidence, New Federal Theatre,  World Music Institute, The National Black Theatre, The Apollo Theater, Paul Robeson Foundation, The National Black Arts Festival, and the Medgar Evers College-Center for Black Literature. Kojo served as a licensed, bonded group sales agent for Broadway and off-Broadway productions such as Jelly’s Last Jam, Fences, Jitney, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Sarafina, Gospel at Colonus, Fela, Death & the King’s Horsemen, and other productions.