About Kajsa H.A.

kajsaclown i ram My name is Kajsa Hallberg Adu. I was born in the early 1980s in northern Sweden. I grew up with my three siblings in a culturally rich (and sometimes a bit crazy) family on an island in southern Sweden, Gotland.

After leaving high school and my family, I volunteered at the World Expo 2ooo in Hannover, Germany and my interest in international life blossomed. I studied in Georgia, U.S.A. before coming back to Sweden for my Bachelor’s in Political Science at Uppsala University. During studying, I met an interesting young man from Ghana. For the subsequent Master’s degree, I had the opportunity of interning for the Swedish foreign ministry in Paris.

In 2007, I moved to Ghana. I live in the harbor city, Tema, about 40 minutes (if no traffic) from Ghana’s capital Accra. I work as a lecturer at Ashesi University in Accra, but also as a Freelance Writer and Communications Consultant.grönt par i ram

Although I am now out of school, I call myself an eternal student. Except for politics, I’m interested in Inter-cultural Communications, Social Media, Higher Education, African Studies, Languages, and Art. I am also a mother of two daughters and the spouse of a Ghanaian man (in green next to me in the photo). I am mindful of that my children and husband have not chosen to be blogged about, so usually I focus my posts where they are a part on parenting or my experience of them. My husband, of course, gets to review if he is mentioned in any way. Not writing at all about my children or spouse would be strange as they are so important to me.  A wonderful way of studying life is being a blogger.

I started my first blog in 2006 when I was moving to Paris. It was a natural step after having kept a diary since kindergarten. In 2008, I co-founded the network BloggingGhana. In 2011, we formally registered as an organization and started election project GhanaDecides and yearly event BlogCamp. Now blogging and other social media are a big part of my life, especially as a means of keeping in touch with friends all over the globe, not to mention making new ones. You can follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @kajsaha.

I dream of making a living off of writing. In a way it is already true, I write for some publications, I write academic stuff and I completed my Ph.D. in African Studies at the University of Ghana in 2015.  However, I love the social aspect of teaching!

This blog is personal, political and sometimes positive.

Thanks for reading it!

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Last edited Aug 31, 2017.

23 Responses

  1. Nina
    April 9, 2010 at 9:47 am ·

    Hej Kajsa!
    Tack för dina uppmuntrande ord.
    Ett av mina samarbeten är med Hanne Ödin (Lummelundagrottan). När jag satt och pratade med henne började vi av någon anledning att prata om dej. Jag skulle hälsa till dej från henne.
    Vänligen Nina

  2. Ben Anyan
    October 25, 2010 at 3:47 pm ·

    I reli love that u took the time & effort to give this apt and intriguing narrative of yourself. i dont stay longer than 5 mins on blogs where i cant know a bit about who’s behind it, so this automatically becomes a to-be-revisited blog. I pray your heart’s desires come to pass 🙂

    o plus, i’m digging the multilinguality!

  3. Bernard Akoi-Jackson
    Bernard Akoi-Jackson
    October 30, 2010 at 12:26 am ·

    Hi Kajsa,
    Greetings from Sintra. The workshop is quite exciting. We even had our first rain today. I’ll mmake time to write longer in a few days. But for now, just for you to know that I kept my promise to keep in touch….Bernard.

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    March 1, 2011 at 10:32 am ·

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    March 1, 2011 at 10:48 am ·

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    March 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm ·

    […] It has been a little over a decade since Peter Merholz coined the word “blog” from Jorn Barger’s “weblog.” As tech-savvy hands nimbly explored this platform that facilitated personal diary-like entries, newbies caught on, and so did developing countries. Certainly the world has witnessed the transformation of blogs into strong political and social platforms; it is interesting how much Africa is advancing in its garnering of avid bloggers, one of them being Ghana-based Swedish lecturer and freelance writer, Kajsa Hallberg Adu. […]

  7. Zoe Copley
    April 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm ·

    Kasja,

    Thanks for getting in touch via my blog. It is good to see what you are doing and musing about. I hope we can catch up on person later this year.

    Zoe (aka Springgirl)

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    June 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm ·

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    June 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm ·

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  10. Ehsan Elahi Shahid
    Ehsan Elahi Shahid
    November 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm ·

    Hi Kajsa! 🙂

    I feel blessed to have found you..
    we share a lot together… I have started “writing” for a weekly just recently..
    My area of interest is Social Media Management…
    and what a co-incidence ti share that I am going to take my PhD in Social Media maybe from a NORDIC University and I am interesting to research on Use of Social media for Opinion Building and Reputation Management by the NORDIC governments 🙂

    What do you say about it? 🙂

    Lets connect and share more as friends..

    Ehsan
    ehsanes19@gmail.com

  11. Gunadiish
    Gunadiish
    December 5, 2011 at 7:17 am ·

    Hello Kajsa,

    My name is Gunadiish. Im a ghanaian and in the process of creating blog communities on in universities across the nation who will blog on the telecom industry/companies/products and services. I will love you to be part of this. Please give me your response as Ashesi is one of my earliest schools to visit.

  12. Aarushi Khanna
    February 13, 2013 at 4:20 am ·

    I’ve built a really cool mobile app for siblings to keep in touch and was wondering if you’d like to give it a try.

    The app works like a room you share with your siblings. All the files, photos, music, links and memories you add will be accessible by all your siblings. Free group messaging and a clever archive make it simple to share new experiences and preserve old memories.
    The app is free and is available worldwide. (iPhone only for now)

    If the app sounds interesting to you, clickity click on the link below!

    App store link: http://bit.ly/XxdLBs
    Website:http://www.siblingapp.com
    Blog:http://www.siblingapp.com/blog

    Cheers,
    Aarushi

  13. Anna Esi Hanson
    April 4, 2013 at 11:14 am ·

    Kajsa,

    I am a writer with a keen interest in social commentary. I’ve been widely published (u can verify on the internet. Based on the suggestion from a friend in the USA, we are trying to form a focus group to deal with the changing trends on social issues in Ghana.

    We need a blog for that…. HOw do we go about it, and where do we start from? We need the support of all the blogging communities in Ghana. As a blogging guru, you are my first point of contact…. I have a blog: esociocomm.blogspot.com but want to create a new one for our focus group.

    Can you help us in any way?

  14. Emoh Rekerdz
    Emoh Rekerdz
    April 18, 2013 at 7:00 am ·

    we are independent record label in Accra, we were seeking for a blogger, show biz personnel, or a publicist, I came across you profile online, after reading I felt you will be the right person we will love to work with, I will want to have you contact so we can chat. if you want to know about our company, google, Emoh Rekerdz or The Unsigned hype. Thank You

  15. Jenn
    Jenn
    August 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm ·

    Hi Kajsa. I read about you in the CIMA report, and I have enjoyed reading your blogposts. I am a gender specialist working for an international development organization. I am currently working on a project related to women’s online activism and internet security, and I was wondering if you’d be willing to help me by answering a few questions? I’d like to learn more about whether you have faced online and/or gender-based harassment and what steps you have taken to protect yourself. If you’d be willing to email or speak with me, I’d be very grateful. Thank you so much!

  16. Kobina Amoo
    Kobina Amoo
    March 20, 2014 at 7:50 pm ·

    Hello Kajsa,
    I found you when I was looking for powerful and inspirational internet presences in Ghana. I am running a crowdfunding campaign to transform the life of a man who robbed me one night in Accra, by buying him a car to begin a new enterprise as a taxi driver. If you could share my campaign with your social media audiences, it would mean THE WORLD to me. Please get back to me and let me know. The details are at the link below. Thanks:

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/give-a-struggling-young-man-a-new-lease-at-life/x/6648855

  17. Kajsa
    Kajsa
    July 21, 2014 at 9:44 am ·

    Vad är oddsen att man hittar en namne i Ghana? Hej, jag heter Kajsa och bor i Accra sen en vecka tillbaka. Var bara tvungen att höra av mig eftersom du heter Kajsa och också verkar befinna dig i närheten.

    Jag är här i ett år tillsammans med min familj, min man jobbar med TV och jag är tjänstledig från mitt tvjobb hemma i Sverige. Två barn, elva och fjorton, som ska börja skolan här om en månad. Nu ska jag lusläsa din blogg i hopp om att få lite grepp om platsen jag befinner mig på.

    Hör gärna av dig om du har några tips som du tror kan intressera en sån som jag;-)

    Kajsa

  18. Hudson
    September 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm ·

    Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your blog.
    You have some really great posts and I thinhk I would
    be a good asset.If you ever want to take some oof the load off, I’d really like to write some articles for your blog in exchange
    for a link back to mine. Please blast me an email if interested.
    Kudos!

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