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Meet The First Ghanaian Woman Professor

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Florence Abena Dolphyne, born on 1938 is a Ghanaian linguist and academia. She was the first female professor and first female pro-vice chancellor of the university of Ghana.

Florence Dolphyne hails from Akyinakrom in the Ejisu-Juabeng District of the Ashanti Region. She had her primary school education at Wenchi Methodist Primary School. She later move to Achinakrom Methodist Primary school following the relocation of her parent. She had to sell bread and kenkey after school due to the family's low income. She further moved to Mmofraturo Girls Boarding school at Kumasi.

Florence Dolphyne had her secondary education at Wesley Girls Senior High School in Cape Coast. She had her sixth form education at Mfantsipim school also at Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana. Though Mfantsipim was a boys school but with mixed sixth form section.

She enrolled in the university of Ghana in 1958 and graduated with a B.A(Hons) degree in English Language. After completion she obtained a scholarship to study at the school of Oriental and African Studies at the university of London in the United Kingdom and obtained a PhD in phonetics and linguistics in 1965. After her postgraduate studies, she joined the university of Ghana that same year.

Florence Dolphyne was appointed professor of linguistics in 1996 and also served as Dean of the faculty of Arts at the university. She was the first female to be appointed a professor in Ghana. She was also the first female pro-vice chancellor of the university of Ghana as well.

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