Ghana Queen Mothers
Nana Kofi Dzama, Chief of Asebu Ekrouful, giving an interview ahead of a swearing-in of new members of a council of Queen Mothers in Accra, Ghana on 23 June 2015. A queen mother is a traditional female leader, drawn from the relevant chiefly lineage, who is responsible for women's and children's issues in particular. Though often widely respected and sometimes powerful, especially in matrilineal ethnic groups, their authority is subject to a male chief. After being suppressed during the colonial era, the role of queen mother is being revived in Ghana and is seen by many as a force for development. It is notable that Nana Dzama is a woman chief, as opposed to a Queen Mother.