"There is always the shared understanding that no matter how dire the situation is in America, it is much worse in Ghana."

- Jemimah Anama Noonoo




SUNRISE: April 21, 1980 - SUNSET: September 14, 2014


Jemimah: In Hebrew a name meaning Little dove.  Also one of Job's three daughters known as the most beautiful women of their time.

Jemimah Anama Noonoo was born April 21, 1980 in the Iron Ore mining town of Yekepa, Liberia, West Africa. She is the loving daughter of Rev. Dr. Kofi Noonoo, President of Council of Ghanaian Churches in Chicago, and Nettie Janafo Noonoo. 

An ordained minister of Ebenezer United Church, Jemimah gave her life to understanding Christ and walking in his path. She was a dedicated evangelist, teacher, sociologist, journalist, and freelance writer.


In Her Words...

Black preaching is a heterogeneous art form; the distinct product of an oral culture passed from generation to generation, and a remarkable performed event that continues to sustain the piece of the American  mosaic that is African American culture.  

-Taken from Jemimah's Field Research Project

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Jemimah was blessed with a loving, generous heart and a passion for helping others. She loved her family and she loved being an African woman. She also understood the responsibility of love which was reflected in how you treated others.



Jemimah is the proud sibling of Eunice, Ebenezer and Hannah Noonoo.


Jemimah is the devoted daughter of Rev. Dr. Kofi Noonoo and Nettie Noonoo .

  Proud African

Born in Liberia, Jemimah was also a proud Ghanaian, having parents hailing from both West African countries.                                                


In Her Words...

 As a child, I would “interview” my siblings with silverware microphones.  As a teenager, my father would allow me to watch Nightline with Ted Koppel as long as my homework was done. As a young woman born to a Ghanaian father and a Liberian mother,  I was fascinated by how Africans throughout the diaspora preserved their cultural traditions. 

-Taken from Jemimah's Personal Statement




Jemimah was incredibly intelligent and driven. She wanted to make a difference in the world. She graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1998. It was during her time in high school that she developed and cultivated her passion for writing.  



Jemimah was an accomplished journalist, earning her Master of Arts in Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism. 

She was selected to field research in journalism at the University of Ghana. 



Jemimah was a passionate educator. She loved  mentorship and saw knowledge as a bridge and a path to more opportunities.

Jemimah was a professor and a journalism instructor. She was also a mentor.


She was selected to field research in sociology and journalism at the University of Ghana-Legon in 2003. 

She obtained her BA in Sociology from University of Illinois Chicago in 2004, 




Jemimah's Gift

Jemimah knew all too well that love is God's greatest gift to the world. God blessed Jemimah with true love in 2011, when her son, was born. Jemimah named her son Nathaniel, which means "Gift of God" in Hebrew. 




Jemimah was an accomplished journalist and writer. Blessed with many talents, she used them dilligently to make her mark in this world. Jemimah, you can never be forgotten.


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