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 a 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 lived in the harbor city, Tema, about 40 minutes (if no traffic) from Ghana’s capital Accra. I worked as a lecturer at Ashesi University, but also as a Freelance Writer and Consultant, a TV-host on election program Frontline 2012 on TV3, and most recently with the anti-corruption initiative Klarity and virtual reality learning solutions company NubianVR.
Growing up, I read a lot and dreamed of making a living off of writing. In a way it has come 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. In 2019, I took a position as a fulltime researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute where I research several aspects of higher education.
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 that my children and husband have not chosen to be blogged about, so usually I focus my posts where they are a part of 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 while new in Ghana, I co-founded the network BloggingGhana. In 2011, we formally registered as an organization and started election project GhanaDecides, Ghana’s first Social Media and Blogging Awards, and yearly event BlogCamp. Blogging and other social media became a big part of my life, and after 10+years as a blogger living in several countries, a means of keeping in touch with friends all over the globe, not to mention making new ones. Still, blogging requires both having something to write about, and a voice or angle that works. It has not always been easy. You can follow me and my blog on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @kajsaha.
This blog is my home on the Internet. Thanks for reading it!
Last edited September 8, 2020.
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