Mamaga Ngoyi Nyonufiaga Akosua I, Paramount Queen of SASADU Traditional Areas, Volta Region, and known in private as Cornelia von Wülfing, is a German resident, involved in Developmental Projects in Ghana over the last 12 years.
She first started business in Ghana by importing healing plants from Ashanti region in 1998. She has been studying the history of African medicinal herbs for some time and she felt it was important to make this knowledge, which to a large extent has been passed from generation to generation, accessible to Europeans. Mamaga spent part of the money she earned from selling her products by re-investing in Ghana and contributing to various social projects.
She later moved her business to Volta Region, where she’s been involved in a lot of projects. In 2000, she was crowned as a Queen of Alavanyo Traditional Area and in 2006 she was crowned as the Paramount Queen of SASADU Areas, which include Akrofu, Saviefe, Alavanyo and Sovie. To Mamaga, the role of a Queen-Mother in the African context is critical in promoting and developing social, economic, change. It is also Mamaga’s belief that Queen Mother’s can build bridges across all cultures and build bridges between all nations. That is why Mamaga has and continues to act as a “good-will ambassador” between Europe and Ghana in general and Germany her native land in particular.
Mamaga Akosua I. travelled extensively across Africa for about twenty years, before she came to Ghana. Her economic activities have always been an attempt on her part to compensate for the century-long exploitation by colonialism of a continent she had come to love dearly over the years. Her first African projects were started in Zimbabwe, before she came to Ghana. In the Eighties, she worked for Professor Christiaan Barnard, the South African surgeon, who transplanted the first human heart in Capetown, South Africa. Mamaga was engaged for several years in his campaign as an outspoken opponent of South Africa’s law of apartheid.
Since 2008, Mamaga lives permanently in Ghana and travels from time to time to Germany, were she works as an Entrepreneur and an Author. Her lectures and books about Ghana are famous in Germany and have attracted many people to visit Ghana as tourists. In 2009 she translated the book of the Ewe – History into German.