Esua (formerly known as Jane) has built her international reputation on promoting innovative thinking and transformational change with groups at local, national and international levels. 


Established in 1995, her company Anona Development Consultancy offers stragegy, facilitaion and training, working with over 100 different organisations on five different continents. 


She is the author of the prize winning memoir, The Space Between Black and White published by Jacaranda in 2020. 


She is an accomplished and entertaining speaker on Feminism, race equality, diversity, education, and international solidarity. 


As her role of Queen Mother of Development in the village near Cape Coast, she connects communities in the UK and Ghana.

Born to a Ghanaian father and English mother Esuantsiwa was brought up by her mother and step-father in a white working class family in South London in the 1950’s.

In 1995 she founded Anona Development Consultancy, offering strategic planning, management and governance development, facilittaion, training and team-building. 

She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Leicester in 2015 for her contribution to women’s rights, equality and the voluntary sector.

Esua has recently completed her Memoir exploring Mixed Race identity to be published by Jacaranda Press in 2020.








When Esuantsiwa Jane traced her African roots in the 1970’s she was reunited with her father and Ghanaian family and astonished to discover she was Ghanaian Royalty, Princess of her home Village.

In 2009 Esuantsiwa Jane was invited to become the Queen Mother of Development for the Akoanso Village and was crowned in an emotional and exhilarating ceremony.

In March 2018, to commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage, Leicester University unveiled a specially-commissioned portrait of Esua as the first woman – and the only ever woman of colour – to be elected President of Leicester University Students’ Union (1975-6).

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