Since January 2018 Her Excellency Dr. Abena P.A. Busia, has been Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ghana to the Federative Republic of Brazil: with concurrent accreditation to the other eleven Republics of South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela).
Born in Accra, Ghana, the daughter of Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia, Prime Minister of the Second Republic and Mrs. Naa-Morkor Busia a mid-wife, teacher, and Founder of the Busia Foundation, she spent the first years of her childhood at home, as well as in Holland and Mexico, before her family finally settled in Oxford, England, where she read for a B.A. in English Language and Literature at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, in 1976, and a D.Phil in Social Anthropology (Race Relations) at St. Antony’s College in 1984.
Professor Busia has taught at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey since 1981, rising from Visiting Lecturer to the rank of Full Professor and serving two terms as Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. She is also a faculty member of the Departments of English, and Comparative Literature, and the Center for African Studies of which she has also been Director. She has also served as Executive Board Member and President of both the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora and the African Literature Association.
Professor Busia has lectured extensively, and taught workshops and master-classes on curriculum transformation in the areas of gender, race, multi-cultural, and African diaspora studies. As a specialist on curriculum development, she worked as a consultant for UNESCO on their “Gender and Transformative Leadership” training modules which have been contextualized for and adopted by universities in Nigeria, and lead the gender team based at Rutgers University on the USAID Excellence in Higher Education project developing gender sensitive courses in Agriculture and Engineering for universities in post-conflict Liberia.
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.
As a philanthropist Ambassador Busia is the current Board Chair of AWDF-USA the sister organization to the African Women’s Development Fund the first and only Pan-African funding source for women-centered programs and organizations, board member of the Women’s Learning Partnership, and International Liaison Officer for Busia Foundation International of which she is a founder with her sister film-maker Akosua Busia.