October sees the departure of John Payne as country director of the British Council after three years in the post. He is to be replaced by Moses Anibaba, who was born and grew up in London but has his roots in Nigeria.

During his tenure Payne has overseen the opening of the Accra knowledge and learning centre and of new refurbished British Council premises in Kumasi, Ghanas second city, as well as setting up the annual Education UK exhibitions in the two cities for Ghanaian students wanting to pursue higher education in the UK. Under his guidance the British Council has also extended its outreach throughout the country, with 250,000 enquiries handled by staff in 2005 alone. He will now return to the UK, where he will begin work with the councils education and training group in Manchester.

Anibaba comes to Ghana from the British Council in Romania. He is due to take up his post on 31 October.

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