ELIZABETH AKUA OHENE was born in Abutia Teti, a small village in the Volta Region of Ghana. She was educated at Mawuli School, the University of Ghana, Legon, the University of Indiana, Bloomington and Wolfson College, Cambridge.
After graduating from the University of Ghana with an Honours degree in English in 1967, she got a job at the Graphic Corporation. She worked as a Reporter, Staff Writer, Sub-editor, Columnist, Sports Writer, Literary Editor and Acting Editor of the Daily Graphic. In between, she worked on the Mirror, acted as Editor for a period and wrote a hugely popular column, CHAT WITH GRANDMA, which earned her the lifelong nickname of "GRANDMA".
She went into exile after the 31" December 1981 coup d'etat, established and edited Talking Drums magazine in London, and for three years, ran it with two friends who had also been forced out of the Graphic.
She joined the World Service of the BBC in 1986 and became a well-known voice on BBC African Service programmes. She has reported from around the African continent for the BBC, and counts among her most satisfying assignments, the period she spent in South Africa during the transition to democracy.
She left the BBC to join the New Patriotic Party's election campaign in the year 2000 and was a Minister of State in President Kufuor's government.