In Ghana’s Political landscape, the name Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings is one that many will describe as the hope of women in Politics. In the year 2020, a new face rose from the very party Nana Konadu’s husband, former President Rawlings foundered. The woman many refer to as the Educationist; Prof. Naana Jane Opoku – Agyemang.
The first female selected Vice Presidential candidate for the biggest opposition party in Ghana. In July 2020, she was chosen as the running mate to the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), H.E. John Dramani Mahama. This move was significant to the growth and recognition of women in Ghana and in Politics.
The two major Political parties in Ghana have in the past not attempted to have a woman as a running mate prior to any elections. Though Eva Naa Merley Lokko of blessed memories is the first female vice presidential candidate in the history of Ghana (2012 General Elections), her party, Progressive People’s Party is not considered as one of the influential political parties in Ghana. Again, the likes of Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, Afia Donkor and Ms Brigitte Dzogbenuku have all lead their various political parties into a general elections but their parties are not considered by many as a stronger opposition to the ruling government. This is what made Prof. Naana Opoku’s selection a significant one in the political landscape of Ghana.
Minister for Education
Between February 2013 and January 2017 she served as the Minister of Education after she was appointed by President John Mahama to serve in that role after the National Democratic Congress had won the 2012 Ghanaian general election. One of her focus areas was empowering the girl child education and empowering women. During her period of serving as minister for education she also focused on implementing policies that covered inclusiveness in education in Ghana which birth the Inclusive Education Policy 2015.
Vice presidential campaign
Opoku-Agyemang was selected as the presidential running mate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on July 6, 2020 for Ghana’s December 2020 General elections. She became the first female running mate of the two major political parties in Ghana. Her selection by the flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress was applauded by women groups and women activists as a positive sign to the Ghanaian political scene to promote gender balance and equality.
Congratulations to Prof. Naana Jane Opoku – Agyemang. A Woman of Excellence and class of 2020