Ambassador Abena Busia
Ambassador of Ghana to the Federative Republic of Brazil
Associate Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies,
Rutgers University, USA
Since January 2018, Dr. Abena Busia has been Ambassador of Ghana to the Federative Republic of Brazil. Prior to that she served two terms as the Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers.
Born in Accra, she spent her childhood in Ghana, Holland, and Mexico, before her family finally settled in Oxford, where she read for a B.A. in English Language and Literature at St. Anne's College in 1976, and a D.Phil in Social Anthropology (Race Relations) at St. Antony's College in 1984. She was the president of the Africa Society in 1980.
She is co-editor, with Stanlie James, of Theorizing Black Feminisms: The Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women. Between 1990-2008 she co-directed, with Tuzyline Jita Allan and Florence Howe, Women Writing Africa, a multi-volume continent wide project of cultural reconstruction which illuminates for a broad public the neglected centuries long history and culture of African women.
In addition to being a teacher, she is a poet and short story writer. It is the central experience of exile, across three continents which informs both her writing and her teaching. Her first volume of poems, Testimonies of Exile, was published by Africa World Press, Trenton NJ, in March 1990, and her latest, Traces of a Life, by Ayebia Books, London UK in October 2008.
Ambassador Busia will chair the anniversary conference and give a poetry the reading 'Pan Africanism through the Lens of the Poetry of African Women'.