Kezia Dzifa Awadzi was born in Ghana. She attended Tamale and Achimota Secondary Schools. She won first prize for the 1994 True Life and Drama categories in a national magazine competition organised by Step Publishers. She then worked at Step Publishers’ editorial department as an intern for two years before leaving for the US in 1996 to pursue graduate studies. She holds a BSc in Home Science from the University of Ghana, a Master’s in Mass Communication and a PhD in Health Services Research, both from the University of Florida. She is an Associate Professor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL, and co-founder of JEKA Productions.