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Prof. Naana Opoku to become Ghana’s first female Vice President


Professor  Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang by a unanimous decision has been appointed as the Running mate for Former President John Dramani Mahama,  Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Prof. Opoku-Agyeman would become Ghana’s first female vice president, if the NDC  wins the upcoming 2020 elections.

This was announced by the National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, at the party’s headquarters, at
Adabraka in Accra.

Sammy Gyamfi said, “the decision was made unanimously, therefore the party would soon communicate through a statement on reasons why a female Vice President was chosen to be running mate for the flagbearer of the party.”

A statement will be issued and signed by His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, and we will indicate reasons for this historic choice.“We are certain in our minds that this is a winning ticket”, he said. Deputy National Youth Organiser, Edem Agbana noted that the way forward for the party is to see to it that its members register for the Voter registration. It is a very important exercise for us“, he said.

He added that the John Dramani Mahama and Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang ticket is the winning ticket for the NDC come 2021,

“John Dramani Mahama will be sworn in as president”.He noted that her competence gave her the position she has attained, and there called on people to rally their support to the first female Vice President.”She is known as an astute woman who has held various positions in the educational sector”, he added.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was a former Minister of Education in Ghana, and currently the Board Chairperson of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast in 2008, the first female Vice-Chancellor of a public university in Ghana.

She has also chaired the Adjudication Committee, VALCO Literary Awards, Ghana 1993-1998; Board of Governors, Ghana Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-Ghana) since its founding in 1998; and, Board of Governors, Wesley Girls High School 1994-1998.

She had served as head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dean of the Board of Graduate Studies and Founding Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of quality education in Ghana, the Ghana Women of Excellence Award was conferred her.

Meanwhile, we await a press statement from the Flagbearer, John Drmanai Mahama to officially announce the unanimous decision by the party’s executives.


Prof. Naana Opoku Opoku Agyeman hails from Cape Coast in the Central Region.

She obtained her Diplôme Supérieure d’Etudes Françaises from the University of Dakar, Senegal in 1976, a B. A. (Hons) with a Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Coast in 1977 and Masters and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada in 1980 and 1986 respectively.

Naana has chaired more than twenty Boards and Committees, among them: the Council of the University College of Education, Winneba 1998-2002; Academic Committee of the Ghana Council for Tertiary Education; and was Joint Co-coordinator of the Specialist Program in English Language and Ghanaian Culture for Japan Overseas Co-operation Volunteers 1991-1993.

She is a member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences; University Teachers Association of Ghana; English Studies Association; African Studies Association, USA; African Literature Association, USA; and the International Fulbright Scholars Association.

She is the recipient of four honorary doctoral degrees; the Global Leadership Award; many national and international awards; she serves on several councils, boards, and committees and has published many books and articles. She is also a two-time Fulbright scholar and is currently a Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).

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