Born in Ghana, Her Excellency Prof. Abena Pokua Adompim Busia is a Ghanaian poet, academic, writer, feminist and diplomat. She is the elder daughter of a Professor of Sociology, K.A Busia who was one time head of state/prime minister in Ghana's 2nd republic and Mrs. Naa Morkor Busia, a teacher and midwife. She spent her childhood in Ghana, The Netherlands and Mexico before the family finally settled at Oxford in England. She trained at her father's alma mater Oxford University at the St Anne's College for her BA degree in English and Literature, MA at the same college and PhD in Social Anthropology (Race Relations) at St Anthony's College all at Oxford University.
She has served two terms as Chair of the Department of Women and Gender Studies and a faculty member at the English and Comparative Literature Departments at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has held visiting positions and won post doctoral fellowships at Bryn Mawr College, UCLA and Yale University in the United States and also at Universities of Ghana and Capecoast.
Prof. Busia has lectured extensively on curriculum transformation in the area of gender, race, multicultural and African diaspora studies. She has been a consultant for UNESCO on their Gender and Transformative Leadership training modules and lead the gender team based at Rutgers University on the USAID Excellence in Higher Education project developing gender sensitive courses in Agriculture and Engineering for Universities in post conflict Liberia.
To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day in March 2011, the African Women Development Fund (AWDF) recognized Prof. Abena Busia as one of 50 inspirational African feminists with a public celebration in her honour.
As a scholar, she was co-editor and co-director of Women Writing Africa project, a multi volume anthology published by the feminist press at The City University of New York (CUNY). In addition to this, she has co-edited "Theorizing Black Feminisms" and also author of two poetry collections "Testimonies of Exile" in 1990 and Traces of a Life (2008). She is also a past president of the African Literature Association.
Prof. Abena Busia has served on a number of advisory boards including board chair of the AWDF - USA, a sister organisation to the African Women's Development Fund which is the first and only Pan-African source of funding for women centred programs and organisations.
In 2017, she was appointed Ghana's Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary to Brazil with concurrent accreditation to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guyana, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.
She is the Co-founder and chair of Busia Foundation set up to honour the legacy of her father. In 2018, a memorial lecture was held in her father's honour at the Accra International Conference Centre to mark the 40th anniversary of her dad's death.
Here's to celebrating Her Excellency Prof. Abena Busia on all her achievements and impact.
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