Akua Dansua

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Akua Dansua was born on April 23rd, 1958, at Hohoe, the Hohoe Municipal District of the Volta Region, Ghana. She received her primary education from the Kadjebi-Akan Local Authority Experimental Primary and Middle School.

 

Later, she attended the Mawuli School at Ho, the capital of the Volta Region, from where she obtained her secondary education. She completed her journalism studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism’ in Accra.

 

She was formerly Minister for Youth and Sports and the first woman to occupy this position in Ghana.  During her tenure, Ambassador Dansua led the Ghana Contingent to the 2010 FIFA South Africa World Cup Tournament with the National Team, the Black Stars, being the only African team to reach the Quarter Final Stage.

 

Prior to this, she had held the position of Minister for Women and Children’s affairs and also occupied the position of Deputy Whip within the Leadership of Parliament of Ghana, between 2004 and January 2009.

 

Ambassador Dansua has represented her Country, Ghana and Parliament on several important platforms, including the globally-acclaimed Fifth International Conference of Women in Beijing, China in 1995, the Global Conference on Governance in Manila, Philippines in 1998, the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Democracy in India at the Lok Sabha in 2003 and the Beijing+10 Review Meeting in the United Nations in 2005. 

 

She led Ghana’s Delegation as Minister of Women and Children to the Beijing 14 Review Meeting at the UN in New York, and made a special case at UNDP Headquarters for restructuring Ghana’s Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs which was subsequently done.  Earlier in her career, Ambassador Dansua served as a District Chief Executive in the Kpando District, between July 1997 and December, 2000.

 

She also has experience in Election monitoring, having served as an election Observer for ECOWAS in Sierra Leone, 2002, Togo, 2005 and also for the Commonwealth in the Gambia, 2006. 

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She also served as Co-Chair of the Thematic Working Group on Child and Youth Development on the UN Office on Sports for Development. She was also the first Chairperson of the West Africa Media Network (WAMNET) and one-time Vice President of the Association of Women in the Media (ASWIM) Ghana. 

 

Ambassador Dansua was one-time Council Member of the E.P. University College (HO) and the Kings University College, Accra.  She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany.

 
Currently, she serves as Ghana’s ambassador to Germany. She is also an expert in communications, gender and youth development, local and international governance, and sustainable tourism. In addition, she is a noted social activist and a prominent supporter of children’s rights and plays an important role in the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS.

 

She has been an important figure in Ghanaian parliament for the past several years, participating in numerous international conferences around the world, and continues to represent her nation on the global stage. In January 2010, after a cabinet reshuffle, she became the first woman to be appointed the ‘Minister for Youth and Sports’. She remained in the position until January 2011, when she replaced Zita Okaikoi as the ‘Minister for Tourism’.