Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang the current presidential running mate for the National Democratic Congress – NDC is a former Minister for Education in Ghana from 2013 to 2017 when the NPP administration was elected to power.
She is a former Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Ghana and the first female Vice-Chancellor of a state University in Ghana in 2008.
She was born on 22 November 1951 in the central region of Ghana and attended Anglican Girls’ Secondary School at Koforidua in the eastern region and Aburi Presby Girls’ School. She then had her secondary education at the Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast from 1964 to 1971. She completed B.Ed.(Hons) in English and French at University of cape cost in 1977 and obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees from New York in Toronto Ontario, Canada in 1980 and 1986 respectively.
Professor Opoku-Agyemang taught and worked at UCC starting in 1986. She has held various academic positions including Head of the Department of English, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Warden of Adehye Hall, Valco Trust Fund Post-Graduate Hostel, and Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Research. From 1997, she has held the position of Academic Director of the School for International Training in the History and Cultures of the African Diaspora. From 2008 to 2012 she was the University’s Vice Chancellor.
In March, 2007, she was one of five scholars selected to deliver presentations during the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
In October 2009, she was elected Ghana’s representative to the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
Ahead of the 2012 general elections, Jane Opoku Agyemang moderated the debate with the current information minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
On 26 October 2018, she became the Chancellor of the Women’s University in Africa located in Zimbabwe.
She has served on many local and international boards and committees such as the Centre for Democratic Governance, (CDD-Ghana), the Editorial Board of The Harriet Tubman Series on the African Diaspora (Africa World Press Inc. USA), the Africa Initiative in Canada, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons as Eminent Citizen.
Opoku-Agyemang has been honoured with honorary degrees from the University of West Indies and Winston-Salem University.She has also received an award for Global leadership from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She has also received the Officer of the Order of the Volta award for Academic Distinction and Ghana Women of Excellence Award in the Education category.She has been acknowledged for Outstanding Performance in Advancing International Education, School for International Training, Vermont, USA on two occasions.