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Esi Sutherland-Addy is a Ghanaian academician, writer, educationalist, and human rights activist. She is a Professor at the Institute of African Studies, where she has been senior research fellow, head of the Language, Literature, and Drama Section, and associate director of the African Humanities Institute Program at the University of Ghana. She is credited with more than 50 publications in the areas of education policy, higher education, female education, literature, theatre and culture. and serves on numerous committees, boards and commissions locally and internationally. she is the daughter of writer and cultural activist Efua Sutherland.



Born in Ghana as Esi Reiter Sutherland, she is the eldest of the three children of playwright and cultural activist Efua Sutherland and African-American Bill Sutherland (1918–2010), a colonial civil rights activist who went to Ghana in 1963 on the recommendation of George Padmore to Kwame Nkrumah. She was educated at Achimota School (where she met her husband).

She has held various positions at educational establishments in Europe and the US, including as Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Education at Manchester University, UK, and as visiting lecturer at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, USA, the Centre for African Studies, University of Birmingham, UK and L'Institut des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France.

She served with the Ghana government as Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Culture and Tourism (1986–93) and from 1994 to 1995 as Minister of Education and Culture. She has undertaken studies particularly in the field of education for many international organizations including UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa, has held key roles in non-governmental organizations including on the executive board of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and the Mmofra Foundation.


Sutherland-Addy has been the recipient of several awards, including an Honorary Fellowship of the College of Preceptors, UK (1998), a Group Award by the Rockefeller Foundation (2001 and 2002) for the Women Writing Africa Project, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Education, Winneba (2004), and the Excellence in Distance Education Award from the Commonwealth of Learning (2008).


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