Ghana’s first female professional photographer has passed away

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Felicia Ewuraesi Abban (Nee Ansah)

Ghana’s first female professional photographer, Felicia Ewuraesi Abban (Nee Ansah), has died, graphic.com.gh reports.

According to the report, Nee Ansah, former President of the Association of Professional Photographers Ghana, died in Accra.

The announcement stated that the esteemed veteran photographer, Felicia Ewuraesi Abban, passed away at the age of 87 on Thursday, January 4, 2023. Her siblings include JKE Ansah, Tumi Ansah, filmmaker Kwaw Ansah, and the late fashion designer Kofi Ansah. Funeral arrangements for the first Ghanaian female photographer will be disclosed later.

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About Felicia Ewuraesi Abban:

Born in 1935 in the Western Region, Felicia Abban grew up in a family deeply involved in the photography trade, led by her father. Initially choosing to apprentice under her father, she eventually became the official photographer for Ghana’s first Prime Minister and later President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

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Felicia’s historical significance was acknowledged by SUNU Journal, which shared a throwback of her achievements on Twitter. The post highlighted her role as Ghana’s first professional female photographer and her position as the official photographer for President Kwame Nkrumah.

SUNU Journal noted, “Known for her classic studio and self-portraits, she was also the official photographer of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah.” The post featured a portrait of Abban taken in her studio in Accra, Ghana, in 1966 for the December 1966 issue of DRUM Magazine.

Although Felicia’s professional life was interrupted by arthritis, she continued her photography career for five decades, notably working as Kwame Nkrumah’s photographer during the 1960s.

According to Ghanaianmuseum.com, Felicia Ansah Abban, born in 1935 in Sekondi-Takoradi, Western Region, frequently visited her father’s photography studio as a toddler. As the eldest of six siblings, Abban began apprenticing under her father at the age of 14, spending the next four years refining her skills before moving to Accra at 18, newly married, to establish her own photo studio.

Married to the late Robert Abban, the designer of the fabric featuring Kwame Nkrumah’s portrait on flowers with the Ghana map for the country’s Independence Day celebrations in 1957, Felicia played a significant role in Ghana’s historical events.

Ghanaianmuseum.com notes that her first public exhibition took place at ANO’s gallery in March 2017. There are plans to transform her studio into a museum in her honor. Abban’s private photo collection primarily comprises self-portraits taken before attending events.

Source: ghanaweb.com

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