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Ghana’s first female professional photographer is dead

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

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

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It went on to say that the late veteran photographer died on Thursday, January 4, 2023, at the age of 87.

JKE Ansah, Tumi Ansah, cinematographer Kwaw Ansah, and late fashion designer Kofi Ansah are among the late Abban’s siblings.

Felicia Abban, who was born in 1935 to parents from the Western Region, grew up knowing the then-burgeoning trade of photography because it was her father’s trade.

The burial arrangements for Ghana’s first female photographer will be disclosed later.

She had no idea that she would go on to become the official photographer of Ghana’s first Prime Minister and eventually President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, when she chose to shadow her father.

SUNU magazine, a magazine of African Affairs, Critical Thought, and Aesthetics, published a flashback of Felicia’s achievement on Twitter. Their SUNU notes is well-known for housing both archive and modern information.

“Known for her classic studio and self-portraits, she was also the official photographer of Ghana’s first President, Kwame Nkrumah.”

A photograph of Abban shot in her studio in Accra, Ghana, in 1966 for the December 1966 edition of DRUM Magazine accompanied the post.

According to history, Felicia’s professional life was cut short by arthritis, but not after she had spent five decades as a photographer.

During the 1960s, she is said to have worked as a photographer for Kwame Nkrumah.

According to Ghanaianmuseum.com, Felicia Ansah Abban visited her father’s photographic studio as a youngster in Sekondi-Takoradi, Western region, where she was born in 1935.

Abban, the eldest of six children, became her father’s apprentice at the age of 14 and spent the next four years working under his rigorous and methodical eye before leaving her birthplace for Accra as a newly married young woman to open her own photo studio at the age of 18.

Felicia was married to Robert Abban (late), the guy who created the cloth for Ghana’s Independence Day festivities in 1957, which included Kwame Nkrumah’s face on flowers with a map of Ghana.

According to Ghanaianmuseum.com, the first public exhibition of her art was held in March 2017 at ANO’s gallery, and the gallery has plans to turn her workshop into a museum in her honor.

Abban’s private photo collection comprises of self-portraits she frequently takes before attending gatherings.

 

 

 

 

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