Dr. Asante is fondly known as Kojo, which translates to a boy born on a Monday. He speaks Guam, Twi and English. At 23 years of age, Kojo studied Zoology and Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree. During his training, he married and had two daughters. In 1970, Dr. Asante took his family to Terrace and commenced an extensive pediatrics practice in northwestern British Columbia and the Yukon. Intending to stay for only two years, this stretched into a 20-year stint as the sole pediatrician for the region. Being “on-call” took on a whole new meaning.
In recognition of Dr. Asante’s innovative work and research in fetal alcohol syndrome, he was presented with the Senior Member Award by the Canadian Medical Association. He was appointed to the Review Panel of the Children’s Commission of British Columbia from 1997 to 2000. In 2000, the Asante Center for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome opened with the help and efforts of concerned parents and professionals. Dr. Asante works alongside other specialists as the Medical Director for the Center, a multi-disciplinary facility for FAS assessments and management. He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of FAS and alcohol related birth defects. He has authored publications and reports over the years and has given numerous workshops, educational seminars and participated in the production of several educational videos on the prevention and management of FAS.
Her Excellency Adrianne Clarkson, the Governor General of Canada, recognized Dr. Asante for the founding of the Asante Center for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He was awarded the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal in Ottawa, December of 2003. He was one of 30 notable Canadians.
Dr. Asante received the distinguished Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in May 2004. He is the recipient of many other awards, invitations and honours.