Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang Vice-Chanellor, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Chairman, Association of West African Universities
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang was educated at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana; University of Dakar, Senegal and York University, Toronto, Canada, where she obtained the following diplomas, Degrees and higher degrees:
- BA (Hons) with a Diploma in Education – University of Cape Coast
- Diplome Superiere D’Etudes Françaises (DSEF) – University of Dakar
- MA and PhD – York University, Toronto
Since joining the faculty at the University of Cape Coast, she has held many administrative positions in the University such as Hall Warden, Adehye Hall; Head of Department of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts. She was also the founding Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Cape Coast. Currently, Professor Opoku-Agyemang is the first and only woman Vice Chancellor of a university in Ghana.
At the national level, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has chaired or served as a member of over twenty national boards and committees. For instance she was:
- Chair, Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG)
- Chair, Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL)
- Chair, Universities of Ghana Publishing House
- Member, National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE)
- Founding Member, Board of Governors, Center for Democracy and Development (CDD)
- Nominee of Government, Council of the University College of Education of Winneba
- Member, Adjudication Committee, Valco Literary Awards, Ghana
- Member, Board of Governors, Komenda Secondary Technical School
- Nominee of Government, Cape Coast Municipal Assembly (CCMA)
- Member, Board of Governors, Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast
At the international level, Professor Opoku-Agyemang has also served as a member of numerous editorial and advisory boards. For example as a member of the:
- Editorial Board, Adam Matthew DIGITAL, UK
- International Advisory Board, Nigeria Hinterland Project of York University and UNESCO
- Dean’s Advisory Board, School for International Training, (SIT), USA
- Governing Board, Association of African Universities (AAU)
- African Initiative Advisory Board, Canada
- Executive Board, UNESCO
- Editorial Board, The Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora (African World Press Inc)
- Selection Committee, African Humanities Project (AHP) of Carnegie Corporation
Professor Opoku-Agyemang is also the Director of Ohio University Teach in Ghana program.
As an astute and world-class scholar Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has won several honours and awards at both the national and international levels. For instance she won the Fulbright Senior Scholar and was a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study and Research, North Western University, Evanston Campus, Illinois – August, 1994. She was also a Fellow, American Summer Institute, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, New York and Colorado, June – August, 2003.
Professor Opoku-Agyemang was publicly recognized and honoured by the Komenda Traditional Council in the Central Region of Ghana and was bestowed with the Founding Sword of the State of Komenda by the Chief and Elders for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of education in the traditional area. She was twice honoured in 2003 and 2007 for outstanding performance in Advancing International Education by the School for International Training/World Learning (SIIT/WL). Also in recognition of her exceptional contributions, Professor Opoku-Agyemang was honoured with a Doctor of Laws (LLD) Honoris Causa, of the University of the West Indies in 2010 and Doctor of Humane Letters (DLitt), Honoris Causa, of the Winston Salem State University, North Carolina in 2011.
Professor Opoku-Agyemang has researched extensively in Literature by Women from Africa, Oral Literature in Ghana and issues in Higher Education in Ghana and Africa. As a prolific writer and researcher she has published nine books and twenty five articles. She has also written over 117 papers delivered at various national and international conferences as a participant, Guest/Keynote Speaker at many institutions in Ghana, Africa, Asia, the USA, the Caribbean, Europe and Canada. In particular, we must mention here that Professor Opoku-Agyemang was invited to join a list of five eminent scholars to address the United Nations Assembly during the events to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in New York in March 2006. She was privileged to hold discussions with the Obama family regarding the history of enslavement and make presentations to them on behalf of the Oguaa Traditional Council.