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NDC RUNNING MATE: Mahama Sets Record, Selects Prof. Jane Frimpong As First Female Running Mate

Presidential Aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has set record after selecting former Education Minister, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, as the female Veep in the history of the party and his running mate ahead of the 2020 general election.

The announcement which came as a shock to many has also revealed that the NDC believes in the empowerment of women in the country.

Presidential Candidate, John Mahama made the declaration after the party's National Executive Council (NEC) held a closed-door meeting.

Prof Jane Opoku-Agyemang’s name had come up severally among others as likely candidates to be selected as running mate but she was given the nod ahead of the others.

The Professor had her name among NDC greatssuch as Prof. Kwesi Botchway, Kwabena Duffour, Zanetor Rawlings, and Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Profile of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang

Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang is the current Africa Board Chairperson of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). She has been a FAWE member since 2014. She is a former Minister of Education in Ghana.

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.

Before heading the university, she had since 1986 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.

She was also the Academic Director of the African Diaspora Studies programme of School for International Training Study Abroad.

In October 2009, she was elected Ghana’s representative to UNESCO’s Executive Board. She has been re-elected for a second time to UNESCO Executive Board.

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 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.

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.

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).

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith