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Kathleen Sheldon

Ghanaian theologian, was born into an Asante Christian family. All of her grandparents were Methodists, and her father, Charles Kwaw Yamoah, was a pastor and the president of the Methodist Church of Ghana. Oduyoye attended secondary school at Achimota in Ghana and the Teacher Training College in Kumasi, after which she taught at the Asawase Methodist Girls’ School. In 1959 she entered the University of Ghana at Legon, earning a degree in theology in 1963, followed by studies in dogmatics at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, where she earned a second bachelor’s degree. After marrying Adedoyin Modupe Oduyoye in 1968, they moved to Nigeria where she was the first woman lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Ibadan. One of her first publications was a pamphlet that raised the question of women’s role in the church, entitled And Women Where Do They Come In ...