Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, a former Minister for Education in Ghana, was born 22nd November, 1951 in Cape Coast.
Currently President of the Forum for African women Educationalists and Chairperson of the Africa Board, Naana Opoku-Agyemang, in 2008 was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast — the first female Vice-Chancellor of a public university in Ghana.
She had her basic education at Anglican Girls’ Secondary School at Koforidua and Aburi Presby Girls’ School. She then attended Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast from 1964 to 1971.
Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang graduated from the University of Cape Coast in 1977 with B.Ed.(Hons) in English and French. She then obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1980 and 1986 respectively.
She started teaching at the University of Cape Coast in 1986. Before her appointment as Vice Chancellor of the university, she held many academic positions including being the 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 January 2013, she was appointed the Minister of Education by President John Dramani Mahama. She left office in January 2017, after Mahama lost the 2016 presidential elections to the current president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Opoku-Agyemang, a mother-of-three adult children, was on July 6, 2020, nominated as the running mate of former president John Mahama for the 2020 elections.