Elizabeth Ohene

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Elizabeth Akua Ohene (born 24 January 1945) is a Ghanaian journalist and a politician as a former Minister of State.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Elizabeth Ohene was born on 24 January 1945 in Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana.[2]

She attended Mawuli School and gained admission to the University of Ghana in 1964, graduating with B. A. (Hon.) degree in English in 1967. She also attended the University of Indiana, in Bloomington, Indiana, USA, where she obtained a Mass Communication Certificate. She was a Press Fellow from January to June 1983 at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.


Ohene worked as a journalist at the Daily Graphic and in 1979 became the first woman in Africa to edit a major national daily newspaper. She went into exile after criticising the government of Jerry Rawlings.[3] She is a former Minister of State to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports. She is also part of the award-winning BBC Focus on Africa team. Ohene was also the spokesperson in former President John Kufuor's administration.


  1. ^ "Nigeria elections: Why Ghanaians worry - BBC News". 24 February 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Elizabeth Akua Ohene, Former Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Linda Christmas, The Guardian, Manchester.