She has served on the boards and committees of several international, continental and national organizations and bodies. Her research focuses on Ghanaian history. Buzzline: Jean Allman, J. Yao Graham is the Coordinator of Third World Network-Africa, a pan-African research and advocacy organisation working for social and economic equity in Africa and for Africa in the global order.
Yao has extensive knowledge of Ghanaian, African and international development issues from more than three decades of working on social and economic justice issues in various capacities — public intellectual and activist, journalist and government official. Kenyan born Dr. She currently works professionally as an Editor in the language services of the African Development Bank after a career in academia.
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Wa Goro was one of the pioneers of literary Translation Studies in the UK from where she received one of the earliest doctorates in literary translation studies and as a result has founded a number of organisations, including TRACALA the Translation Caucus of the ALA and of Sidensi which promotes intercultural dialogue through translation. Wa Goro is a member of many international bodies such as the Royal African Society, The African Literature Association, the Modern Language Association, the Caine Prize on whose board she has served, including as a judge, amongst many others.
She served as a judge for the Best Books of the 20 Century. She is involved in collaboration with bodies like the Royal Africa Society and the British Library in organising the annual literature and book festival Africa Writes and curates the symposium "Africa in Translation" that features writers, artists, publishers, translators, critics, readers and scholars.
Wa Goro's own writing encompasses poetry, essays, short stories, fiction, journalism, and non-fiction. Her creative writing has also appeared in several publications including the award winning African Love Stories, edited by Ama Ata Aidoo and her story Heaven and Earth was taught for several years in the Kenyan curriculum. Wangui wa Goro is recipient of many research fellowships from prestigious institutions in Africa and Europe and has served on a number of national and international cultural and academic bodies in Africa, the USA and Europe.
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