A writer, an actress, and an activist, Nana Akosua Hanson was recently selected as an Obama Foundation leader in recognition of her feminist activism in Ghana.
She has worked for seven years in radio and TV and curates a personal blog at darkmosaic.blogspot.com. She has published articles such as ‘Ebola and the Africa-hating Single Story’, ‘A Girl’s hopes for Women’s Day’, ‘Shashii, Ghanaian Twitter and Slut Shaming’, ‘Could We Be Protecting the Cosby Next Door?’ on thisisafrica.me; this includes short stories such as ‘Love is a Two-letter Word: Me’ on ‘Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women’ and some poetry.
Akosua runs Drama Queens, a non-profit theatre organization, which has feminism and pan-Africanism as its core defining values. Drama Queens seeks to centre women’s stories through theatre and aims to contribute to a cultural revolution by having the necessary conversations through Public Conversations called Speakeasies and sex education workshops dubbed ‘Let’s Talk Consent’.
As an actress, Nana Akosua has graced the stages of the National Theatre and the Efua Sutherland Drama Studio in plays such as The Seamstress of St. Francis Street, Vagina Monologues, A Raisin in the Sun amongst others. She is currently acting in the popular web-series, An African City playing the role of the latest returnee Adomaa, and in Leila Dzansi’s action packed drama series, 40 and Single.
With a Bachelors degree in English and Philosophy, she just completed her MA/MPHIL degree in African Studies at the University of Ghana, with a focus on Gender and African Philosophical Thought. She finalized her research on the topic “Does Accra have a Rape Culture? Rape, a Gendered Society and Social Media.” She is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.