A founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ama Busia, has passed away. The 87-year-old, who was a member of the NPP Council of Elders, died on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, after a brief illness. Dr. Obeng Busia, Ama Busia’s son, confirmed her death to Asaase Radio stating that she peacefully passed away in her hospital bed at Nyaho Medical.
The late Ama Busia was a notable figure within the ruling New Patriotic Party and was known for her activism and political criticisms against the Acheampong government.
She faced arrest seven times for her protests, with the seventh arrest resulting in a 90-day detention. Despite facing challenges, including losing her father at age 6 and her mother at age 13, Ama Busia overcame adversity through education.
She played a crucial role in the formation of the New Patriotic Party, joining forces with the Northern People’s Party led by Dombo, which later merged with Danquah and Busia.
In recognition of her contributions, Ama Busia became a Council of State member when the NPP won power with John Agyekum Kufuor in 2000.
Ama Busia, a distinguished political figure and a prominent member of the NPP, held significant positions within the party, serving as both the first and third National Vice Chairperson.
Her contributions were instrumental in shaping the direction of the NPP.
Ama Busia’s educational journey began at Wenchi Methodist School and Methodist Middle Girls’ School in Kumasi, where she completed her primary education.
She pursued teacher training at the Komenda Training College, laying the foundation for her future endeavours.
In 1959, Ama Busia went into exile in London alongside her brother, Kofi Abrefa Busia. During her time in London, she pursued studies in Institutional Management and Catering at the Regent Street Polytechnic.
Her commitment to education, coupled with her political activism, marked Ama Busia’s impactful and multifaceted contributions to both the NPP and the broader political landscape.