Felicia Abban

Felicia Abban is Ghana’s first female professional photographer. She learnt photography from her father Joseph Emmanuel Ansah, apprenticing to him in his studio in the Central Region, as the only female apprentice. She set up her own photography studio one year before independence in 1956, and shortly after became the personal photographer of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, taking pictures of important political events, as well as continuing to run her studio, documenting Accra’s many individuals and groups. She became something of a celebrity, appearing on television, radio and in many newspaper articles for her groundbreaking work, and managed to train a whole generation of female photographers, taking them on as apprentices in her studio.