Social media reacts to the nomination of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang.

A few hours ago, the National Executives Committee (NEC) of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) approved the candidature of John Dramani Mahama. After several names were mentioned, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang has been unanimously approved by the NEC of the NDC after her nomination by John Mahama.

Furthermore, in a statement on former John Dramani Mahama’s twitter handle, it states clearly NEC’s decision on Prof. Naana Opoku Agyemang as the choice of running mate for John Mahama.

The message reads, “this afternoon, unanimously, endorsed my nomination of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang as my Running Mate for the December 2020 election. She is God-fearing, a distinguished scholar, a conscientious public servant & a role model” the statement read on his social media handle.

Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang running mate of NDC

As a result of this announcement, social media sites especially Twitter is buzzing with tweets of excitement and feminism.

Some of the comments challenged and hailed women as “finally” in the history of the country, the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast could become historically, the First Vice President in Ghana.

“Women arise! Now you are fully represented at the highest level of the decision-making table! #JohnMahama2020

Ghana’s going to have a Vice President who’s a woman. Historic

#JohnMahama2020

Whoever thought this day will come – a day when Ghana could have a woman as a Vice President! #JohnMahama2020@WomenintheWorld

On the other hand, there were others who also played the prophesy card, showing videos of a said prophet who prophesied that between 2020 and 2024 elections, Ghana would have a female vice president as a candidate.

Others teased moments when John Mahama had tagged Ghanaians as persons who have a short memory. This was in relation to the point when she cancelled teacher training allowances as Education Minister.

Interestingly, others also tweeted to show that this was an easy ride for the NPP

PROFILE OF JANE NAANA OPOKU AGYEMANG, who has won the nomination as the running mate of John Mahama.

Born on 22 November 1951 in Cape Coast, Ghana, Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang attended Anglican Girls’ Secondary School at Koforidua 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 the University of Cape Coast in 1977 and obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1980 and 1986 respectively.

Professor Opoku-Agyemang taught and worked at the University of Cape Coast, 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 2008-2012 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 (UNESCO).

Ahead of the 2012 general elections, Jane Opoku Agyemang moderated the debate with Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.

Between February 2013 and January 2017 she served as the Education Minister of Ghana.

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.

However, she will be officially unveiled at 5 pm.

BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI

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