Meet Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang , John Mahama's running mate

Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang Biography

Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang is the current Africa Board Chairperson of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). She has been a FAWE member since 2014. She is a former Minister of Education in Ghana.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in 2008, the first female Vice-Chancellor of a public university in Ghana.

Before heading the university, she had since 1986 served as head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dean of the Board of Graduate Studies and Founding Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

She was also the Academic Director of the African Diaspora Studies programme of School for International Training Study Abroad.

In October 2009, she was elected Ghana’s representative to UNESCO’s Executive Board. She has been re-elected for a second time to UNESCO Executive Board.

She obtained her Diplôme Supérieure d’Etudes Françaises from the University of Dakar, Senegal in 1976, a B. A. (Hons) with a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast in 1977 and Masters and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada in 1980 and 1986 respectively.
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She has chaired more than twenty Boards and Committees, among them: the Council of the University College of Education, Winneba 1998-2002; Academic Committee of the Ghana Council for Tertiary Education; and was Joint Co-coordinator of the Specialist Program in English Language and Ghanaian Culture for Japan Overseas Co-operation Volunteers 1991-1993.

She has also chaired the Adjudication Committee, VALCO Literary Awards, Ghana 1993-1998; Board of Governors, Ghana Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-Ghana) since its founding in 1998; and, Board of Governors, Wesley Girls High School 1994-1998.

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of quality education in Ghana, the Ghana Women of Excellence Award was conferred her.
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She is a member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences; University Teachers Association of Ghana; English Studies Association; African Studies Association, USA; African Literature Association, USA; and the International Fulbright Scholars Association.

She is the recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees; the Global Leadership Award; many national and international awards; she serves on several councils, boards, and committees and has published many books and articles. She is also a two-time Fulbright scholar and is currently a Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).
She is from Cape Coast in the Central Region.

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    We are most grateful to the Almighty God for this greatest opportunity given to our Mother, Sister, Auntie Prof. Jane Naana Opoku AGYEMAN to serve in this higher office in the country. We also thank the leadership of NDC for this great honour.
    On behalf of all our members in the Komenda market, I write to welcome you and express our profound and heartfelt congratulations on your well earned appointment as the Running Mate of NDC.We recognize and appreciate your extensive experience and leadership demonstrated in your previous positions. We have no doubt that with this vast experience and leadership at both your country and the International scene, you are poised to provide exemplary leadership to the party and the country.
    You have really made the women in this country very proud as well as the people of Komenda as you have been the first Woman in the history of Ghana to be appointed to this August position
    We are really proud of you. We pledge our further and strongest support to you and your Superior, the Flagbearer of NDC, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama. We will vehemently campaign for you and it is our hope come 7th December,2020 elections we will jubilate with you.
    Once again, we extend our heartiest congratulations on your new assignment and wishing you a successful mission.

    May God bless you
    May God bless us
    May God bless Ghana


    Ama Esiaba
    The President