The Hon. Akua Sena Dansua is a Ghanaian journalist and politician. She is a Member of Parliament for North Dayi in Ghana and is currently the Minister of Tourism of Ghana.
The Hon. Akua Sena Dansua hails from Botoku in the Volta Region and began her primary education at the Kadjebi-Akan Local Authority Experimental Primary and Middle School and obtained her GCE ‘O’ & ‘A’ level at the Mawuli School. She holds an Executive Masters Degree in Governance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and a graduate diploma in Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.
The Hon. Akua Sena Dansua began her career as an Electoral Commission of Ghana between 1979 and 1980. From 1983 to 1987, she was the Chief Reporter of the Nigerian Reporter Newspaper. She also worked with the Weekly Spectator newspaper in Accra, Ghana as a journalist, where she was then promoted to the Features Editor. She help this position until she moved into politics. She first entered parliament as a MP in 2001 one in the North Dayi constituency as a member of the National Democratic Congress Party. She became Minister for Women’s and Children’s Affairs in 2009, and Minister of Youth and Sports after a cabinet reshuffle in 2010. She has held her current position as Minister for Tourism since January 2011.
During her career she also served as Technical Advisor to the National Council on Women and Development and as a Media Consultant to the United Nations Development Programme.
The Hon. Akua Sena Dansua belongs to several civic, social and non-governmental organisations. Among these are African Women Development Fund (AWDF), Ghana, where she is its local advisor, chairperson, advocates for Gender and Development Initiatives, Ghana, an NGO at Kpando, as well as a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) University College Council, 2005 and board member, Africa in Democracy and Good Governance (ADG), The Gambia.
The MP has received a number of fellowship and scholarship awards. Amongst which she received the Dag Hammarskjold fellow (1991) awarded by the United Nations Correspondents Association for being the most promising journalist from Africa. She attended the 46th UN General Assembly session in New York in 1991 as her prize. The Hon. Akua Sena Densua was recognised by the Women’s Law and Human Rights Institute of the Art Foundation for her leadership role in the development of women in the country. She undertook special assignments as member of Commonwealth Observer Team to The Gambia Presidential election in 2006 and member of Ghana’s Parliamentary delegation to the 37th African conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Abuja, Nigeria. She was the first chairperson of the West Africa Media Network (WAMNET) one time vice-president, Association of Women in the Media (ASWIM) Ghana.