Felicia Ewuraesi Abban

Felicia Ewuraesi Abban was Ghana's first female professional photographer.

Establishing a Legacy

At just 18 years old, Felicia established herself as a talented photographer, moving from Takoradi to Accra to open her studio, "Mrs. Felicia Abban’s Day and Night Quality Art Studio," in Jamestown. Known for her artistic vision and technical skill, she captured the essence of Ghanaian life through her photography. Felicia's influence extended beyond her studio, as her husband Richard designed the iconic fabric commemorating Ghana's independence in 1957, featuring Kwame Nkrumah's portrait and symbolic motifs. This fabric became a symbol of national pride, reflecting Felicia and her family's creative spirit and contributions to Ghanaian culture.

Shaping Ghanaian Identity through Photography

Felicia Abban's photography career spanned five decades, during which she became Ghana's first female professional photographer. Working closely with Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first president, she played a pivotal role in documenting the nation's journey towards independence and beyond. Her self-portraits, taken before events, not only served as promotional tools for her business but also showcased her innovative approach to photography.

Legacy and Recognition

In recognition of her contributions to Ghanaian photography, Felicia Abban's work has been showcased in various exhibitions, including the prestigious Bamako Encounters. Curated by Nana Oforiatta Ayim, her photographs offer a glimpse into Ghana's history through her unique perspective.

Passing of a Legend

On January 4, 2024, Felicia Abban passed away in Accra at the age of 87. Though she may have left this world, her legacy lives on through her timeless photographs, which continue to captivate and inspire audiences around the globe.