Meet first Ghana lady to become Gates Cambridge Scholar PhD candidate

Meet first Ghana lady to become Gates Cambridge Scholar PhD candidate

- Amelia Amemate, better known as Dela Goldheart, has become a Gates Cambridge Scholar as a PhD candidate

- The Ghanaian gender activist and feminist makes history as the first Ghanaian woman to attain this feat

- accentuates Amemate's recent accomplishment and biography

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Amelia Amemate, a gender activist and feminist famed as Dela Goldheart, has made history as the first Ghanaian woman to become a Gates Cambridge Scholar as a PhD candidate.

She has become a candidate for the 2020 batch of Gates Cambridge Scholars.

She chalked this feat after she was named as one of the successful candidates among 77 women and men from 30 countries across the globe. 8% of whom are PhD candidates and, among them 2 Ghanaians.

According to, Amelia Amemate will begin her PhD in Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge in October 2020 as the first Ghanaian woman to become a Gates Cambridge Scholar as a PhD candidate.

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Nearly 1700 exceptional geniuses from over 100 countries across the world are beneficiaries of the Gates Cambridge scholarship.


Amelia Amemate is a tenacious gender activist who has been confronting issues that affect women and girls.

These have always been a major part of her development process.

Her experience growing in a small coastal town in Ghana, West Africa shaped her paradigm.

Even as a child, she noticed that girls and boys are treated unequally and women and men are held to different expectations.

Amemate chose, as a result, to focus on gender issues at each stage of my education.

At the University of Ghana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, her interests centered on the low participation of women in Ghanaian politics.

For her Master’s, she researched the issue of African women’s hair-culture and politics.

Her work introduced a third stance to the hair debate by arguing that African women do not alter their hair because they want to be white or just as a matter of style.

Rather, there are norms in African culture that privilege straight hair over coiled hair. At the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Gender Studies, she will be looking at how Ewe and Akan cultural norms contribute to gender inequality and technology’s impact on gender relations in Ghana.

Her goal is to produce research work that redefines gender relations, as well as strengthen gender-equality activism in Ghana and beyond.

Joining the Gates Cambridge Scholars’ community is a dream come true.

Previous education

Bowling Green State University 2020 American Culture Studies

University of Ghana 2014 Political Science

In a related story, Judge G. Helen Whitener has become the first-ever African American appointed to Washington State’s Supreme Court.

Judge Helen Whitener was appointed in April 2020. Whitener is celebrated for her commitment to justice and equity.

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