Dr. Akosua Anyidoho was born and raised in Ghana where she trained as an elementary school teacher and later specialized in the teaching of English. She holds a diploma in the teaching of initial reading from Ormskirk College of Education, England; a B.A. in English and Linguistics from the University of Ghana; and a Masters and Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education, Applied Linguistics option, from the University of Texas at Austin. She belongs to several academic associations, including the West African Linguistic Society, Ghana Association of Linguistics, the Ghana English Studies Association, and was a member of the Ghana Committee of the Women Writing Africa Project, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and Feminist Press.
Dr. Anyidoho was a faculty member of the Department of Linguistics of the University of Ghana, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses and serving in various positions, including as chair of the department. She was a visiting faculty at Swarthmore College and the Austin Community College in Texas. Her research interests include mother tongue education in multilingual Africa, the teaching of English as a second language (TESL), and the inclusion of indigenous languages in educating the African child as a human right. She has done extensive work in women’s oral culture in Africa, focusing on and theorizing about the domains in which women’s voices and verbal art performances occur. Dr. Anyidoho has published widely in these areas in peer reviewed scholarly books and journals and has presented her research findings at major academic conferences. She led a team of language experts to write a series of basic level English textbooks, Gateway to English, published by Pearson-Longman, UK, which is currently used in many basic schools in Ghana. In this series she and her colleagues sought to address the underrepresentation of girls and women in many children’s books published in Africa.
Dr. Anyidoho was appointed Director of NYU Accra at its inception in 2004 and has supervised its growth for the past 15 years. In addition to overseeing curricula and student-life matters, she plays a critical role in building linkages between NYU and local universities and colleges, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and the larger Ghanaian community.