Dr. Mrs. Henrietta Abane, a Senior Lecturer and a Social Development expert at the University of Cape Coast, has been appointed the new Council Chairperson of Takoradi Technical University.


Her appointment makes her the first female to chair the highest decision making body of the Takoradi Technical University. She is expected to provide a clear pathway for the academic and professional progression of students in the skilled-based technical and vocational education to help quicken the country’s socio-economic development.

Dr. Mrs. Henrietta Abane is a highly motivated professional teacher, with over 19 years of teaching experience in both lower and higher educational institutions of learning.

Born on 24th January, 1961 in Cape Coast, Dr. Mrs. Abane started her educational journey at Winneba and completed her G.C.E ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates at Mfantsiman Girls’ Secondary School, Saltpond, in 1978 and 1980 respectively.

She also holds a Diploma in Education and a B.A (Hons) in the Social Sciences from the University of Cape Coast. Her zeal for higher academic laurels drove her to pursue higher academic degrees. She consequently earned her MPhil (Sociology) and PhD (Development Studies) from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana and the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom respectively.

As a professional teacher, Dr. Mrs. Henrietta Abane, started her teaching career at the St. Augustine’s College where she taught Geography. In that capacity, she prepared students for the WAEC GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level Examinations.

Between 1996 and 2001, she was in charge of public education in the Cape Coast Municipality. Specifically, her duty was to sensitize the public (formal sector workers, community members and basic schools) on the contents of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, parliamentary deliberations and the Value Added Tax at the National Commission for Civic Education.

She joined the Sociology Department of the University of Cape Coast in 2001 and rose through the ranks from a lecturer to head of Sociology and Anthropology Department between 2011 and 2015.

She was on sabbatical leave at the Centre for African Studies of the University of Education, Winneba between August 2016 and July 2017.

Dr. Mrs. Henrietta Abane has served on various Boards in the University of Cape Coast and made presentations at different social events. She served as an Academic Board representative on the Board for the Centre for African and International Studies. She has also served as a Liaison Officer of the Davidson College (USA) Summer Programme of the Department, Member of Examination Malpractices Committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Academic Board representative from the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Faculty representative on the Board of the College of Distance Education at the University of Cape Coast.

She has also served as guest speaker and chaired numerous functions and programmes outside the academic community. She has attended well over 50 seminars, conferences and workshops both locally and internationally and made presentations at some of these events. Dr. Abane currently has a number of published articles to her credit.

Her research interests are in Development Politics, Gender and Development, Livelihood and Poverty Studies. She is a member of the University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (UTAG) and the Ghana Sociological and Anthropological Association.