Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
Meri Nana-Ama Danquah (nee Mildred Mary Nana-Ama Boakyewaa Danquah Brobby) was born in Accra, Ghana on September 13, 1967 at Korle-bu Hospital to Josephine Nana Korantemaa Danquah and Norbert Duke Brobby. Danquah's grandfather, Dr. J.B. Danquah, was one of the founding fathers of Ghana [In fact, he is credited with giving Ghana its name].
Danquah immigrated to the United States in 1973, at the age of six. She grew up in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she attended the local public schools (Rolling Terrace, Oak View, Takoma Park Junior High). For her freshman and sophomore years, Danquah attended Foxcroft, an all-girls boarding school in Middleburg, Virgina. She completed her junior and senior years of high school at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Danquah briefly attended the University of Maryland before dropping out to
move with her then-boyfriend to Richmond, Virginia. After a few months in
Richmond, she left and relocated, on her own, to Los Angeles to pursue a
career in acting and writing. Her daughter, Korama Afua, was born in 1991.
In addition to her own books, Danquah has also ghostwritten books and dozens of book proposals for celebrities and other high-profile clients.
Though she never formally completed her undergraduate degree, in 1999 Danquah earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Literature (genre of concentration— Creative Nonfiction) from Bennington College. She has taught at the University of Ghana—in the Department of English and in the graduate School of Communication Studies—and at Otis College of Art and Science, and in Antioch College's MFA program. She is a highly sought-after speaker.