Dr. Joyce Ashuntantang is presently an Assistant Professor of English/African Literature at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and an Associate to the UNESCO Chair and Institute for comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut.
Joyce has been active in using various artistic media as educational tools for twenty years and counting. She is an actress par excellance; a founding member of the Cameroon Flame Players, and a memorable member of the Yaounde University Theater. Her acting career received a boost in 1987 when she attended an international workshop on theater in Detroit, Michigan where she received training from movie/theater icons including Ossie Davies. While Joyce still enjoys acting every now and then, she has transferred some of that passion into writing scripts and shooting videos and films promoting human rights. After co- founding Akobat Global Media in Cameroon in 2001, she has now founded EduART INC, a US registered non profit organization.
After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Yaounde, Joyce continued to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth , Great Britain, where she earned a Masters degree in Library and information science. She then earned another Masters in Education/English (Dipes II) from Ecole Normale Superieur, Univ. of Yaounde I. Joyce then moved on to earn an M.Phil and Ph.D in English from the City University of New York. Dr. Joyce Abunaw is versatile. She is an engaging speaker, a mentor to young people, a creative writer and an effective community resource person. Her recent activities include an giving talks in various U.S. universities on the her practice of scripting and shooting videos for awareness in, an interview on the BBC program “Every Woman” produced by Catherine Addis from London. She was also a talent consultant for the Miss Africa International Pageant 2004 held in Washington DC, and MC for the Miss Cameroon Global Pageant 2005 held in Maryland and presenter at the Intergenerational Conference on Human Rights for young leaders from around the globe which took place at Storrs, Connecticut, August 2005. Her awards include The Spirit of Detroit Award from the Mayor of Detroit, 1987, Cameroon Cultural Festival Awards 1989 and 1994, Outstanding Women in Action Award, Cameroon, 2002. She has two kids, Ako and Tanjong Abunaw.