University Official from Ghana to Lecture on Resistance to Slavery

Dr. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang

Dr. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang

March 22, 2011

Dr. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, vice chancellor and professor of literature at University of Cape Coast in Ghana, will speak on the "Oral Accounts of Resistance to Enslavement in Ghana" on Monday, March 28, at 2 p.m. in the Dillard Auditorium of the Anderson Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) at a program that will be free and open to the public.

Opoku-Agyemang, a leading scholar who has undertaken major research projects on resistance to slavery in Ghana and Benin, is visiting WSSU as part of an agreement between the university and the University of Cape Coast (UCC).  

Opoku-Agyemang is the first female vice chancellor in Ghana and had previously served as the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, dean of the Faculty of Arts and head of the Department of English at UCC.  She has written extensively on literature by women in Ghana and her published works also focus on slavery and the slave trade.  

A keynote speaker for the National Black Theatre Festival in 2005, she is a member of the International Fulbright Scholars Association, Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Council of Black Studies, USA. Opoku-Agyemang also has served as a visiting and exchange scholar at universities in the United States, Europe and Africa, most recently as the Presidential International Visiting Scholar at Wheelock College in Boston, Mass. this month.

Opoku-Agyemang obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of

Cape Coast and the Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English Literature from York University in Toronto, Canada. She was recognized as Doctor of Laws (LLD) Honoris Causa by the University of the West Indies in 2010.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Opoku-Agyemang on our campus for the public lecture and to meet with students, faculty and administrators," said Dr. Joti Sekhon, director of international programs.  "We have been warmly welcomed several times at the University of Cape Coast, and we are excited about developing a more reciprocal and comprehensive partnership through student and faculty exchanges as well as research collaboration with them."  




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