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Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang

Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang FGA (born Jane Naana Sam on 22 November 1951) is a Ghanaian academic and politician. She held the position of Minister for Education from February 2013 to January 2017.

 
 
 
 

Higher Education Abroad

Opoku-Agyemang pursued higher education in Canada, obtaining a Diploma in Advanced Studies in French from the University of Dakar. She further earned her master's and doctoral degrees from York University in Toronto in 1980 and 1986, respectively. 

Academic Career

Starting her career at the University of Cape Coast in 1986, she held various roles, including Head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Warden of Adehye Hall, and Founding Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. She became the university's Vice Chancellor from 2008 to 2012. 
 

Authorship and Scholarly Contributions

Opoku-Agyemang's academic contributions include presentations at the United Nations Headquarters in 2007 and the publication of a five-volume collection of folktales in 2015. She has actively participated in scholarly conferences and publications. 

UNESCO Executive Board

Opoku-Agyemang was elected as Ghana's representative to the executive board of UNESCO in October 2009, showcasing her commitment to international education and cultural affairs. 

Minister for Education

Appointed by President John Mahama, Opoku-Agyemang served as the Minister of Education from February 2013 to January 2017. Her focus included empowering the girl child and implementing inclusive education policies, such as the Inclusive Education Policy 2015. 

Chancellorship at Women's University in Africa

On October 26, 2018, she assumed the role of Chancellor at the Women's University in Africa located in Zimbabwe, adding another dimension to her illustrious career. 
 

Presidential Running Mate

On July 6, 2020, Opoku-Agyemang was officially declared as the running mate for John Mahama in the December 2020 Ghanaian presidential election, making history as the first female running mate for the two major political parties in Ghana. 

Vice Presidential Campaign

Her intensive campaign, emphasizing positive messaging and development-oriented policies, resulted in the National Democratic Congress winning significant constituencies and regions in the 2020 election. 

Awards and Recognition

Opoku-Agyemang has received numerous awards and honors, including honorary degrees from institutions such as the University of West Indies and Winston-Salem University. She has been recognized globally for her leadership, including being named among the 100 Most Influential Women in Africa. 

Personal Life and Family

Opoku-Agyemang, a devout Christian worshiping as a Methodist, is a mother of three children - Dr. Kweku Opoku-Agyemang, Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, and Dr. Maame Adwoa Opoku-Agyemang.