|Intro||Ghanaian politician and parliamentarian|
|Birth||20 October 1964, Akim Oda, Birim Central Municipal District, Eastern Region, Ghana|
|Politics||New Patriotic Party|
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (born 20 October 1964) is a lawyer, women's rights activist and a Ghanaian parliamentarian representing Ablekuma West constituency. She has been the Minister of Communications for Ghana since the assumption of power by the New Patriotic Party in January 2017. On Saturday, 29 September 2018, she was installed as the Nkosuohemaa (Development Queen) by the traditional leaders and the people of Akem Asuom in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The ceremony took place at the Palace of Asuomhene Osabarima Ofosuhene Apenteng II.
Owusu-Ekuful was born on 20 October 1964. She hails from Akim Oda in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
Owusu-Ekuful attended Labone Senior High School and proceeded to Mfantisman Girls Secondary School to have her sixth form education. She furthered her education in University of Ghana and the Ghana School Of Law where she obtained an LLB. She was called to the bar in 1990. She has attended courses including one at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. From the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, she obtained a Masters in Conflict, Peace and Security.
She worked for ten years as a lawyer before leading a technology company. In 2012, she was elected to be the Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma West Constituency. In 2015, she and other women MPs were subject to personal attacks after there was a dispute over places reserved for women members of parliament. She was reported as saying that she was considering her future in politics, but the following year she became the Minister of Communications.
Before her current position as the Minister of Communication she served on different boards and in different capacities in her professional career. She served as a Managing Consultant, N. U. Consult Legal, Governance and Gender Consultants, the Director of Vodafone Ghana Company Limited, a member of Ghana Bar Association, an Executive Member of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ghana and a member of African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA), Ghana.
Following the suggestion by Kwabena Frimpong Boateng as Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations, for Mosques using external speakers for the Adhan to consider gathering their congregation using text message and WhatsApp messenger, sections of the Ghanaian community were discontented by their perceived "impracticality" of the proposal and reproached the Minister for making the suggestion. This was considered by some observers as an exhibition of intolerance among members of the Muslim community in Ghana.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful shared an article on her Facebook wall from Ghanaweb.com, that agreed with the latter position, suggesting that she herself held the same view that "Muslims in Ghana are intolerant". She later deleted the Facebook post and wrote a rejoinder on Modernghana.com disassociating herself from that article.
In 2015, she contested and won the NPP parliamentary primaries in the Ablekuma West Constituency. She retained her parliamentary seat during the 2016 Ghanaian general elections by winning with 34,376 votes out of the 60,558 valid votes casted making 56.96%. In 2017, Ursula Owusu was appointed The Minister for Communications and accepted the offer to become the development queen (Nkosuohemaa) of Akyem Asuom in the Kwaebibirem District of the Eastern Region.
She is married to a UK-based Ghanaian optometrist, Dr Sam Ekuful, with one child. She identifies as a Christian.