Born at Worawora in the northern part of Volta Region, Nana Dr. Owusu- Afari attended Basic Schools in Worawora before training as a Teacher.
Nana taught for some time during which he studied privately to pass the GCE “O” and “A” Levels. He then entered the University of Ghana to read for the B.Sc. (Hons.) Degree in Economics, graduating in 1967. Nana was employed by Unilever who sponsored him to do Management Studies at Ashridge Management College in the U.K. Later Nana joined Tema Textiles Ltd. Nana spent a total of 14 years in corporate management before resigning in 1981 to concentrate on the informal poultry business that he had started at the back of his house.
In 1996, Nana went to the United Kingdom to do a Post-Graduate Diploma in Company Direction at The Institute of Directors in London.
In February, 2016 Nana was awarded a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from the Atlantic International University, USA with the Thesis: Migration of Non-Formal Businesses to the Formal Sector-The cases of Ghanaian SME Non-Formal Operators.
Nana was the Past President of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) for a four year period from 2010 to 2013. It was during this period that Nana gained insight into the challenges and opportunities that the SMEs and Non-Formal Businesses have which led to his research studies and finally to this book.
In the late 80s, Nana achieved prominence in poultry farming business, having formalized the backyard business with the name AFARIWAA FARMS & LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS LTD. growing it to become one of the largest integrated poultry farms in Ghana. Presently, Nana has diversified business interests in Rice milling, Real Estate Development, Veterinary Pharmaceutical Production, Hospitality and Banking.
Nana has served on the Ministerial Advisory Boards of the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, National Development Planning Commission and many other Governing Boards of Government Institutions.
Nana has been the Nkosuohene (Chief of Development) of the Worawora Traditional area for the past 25 years and has undertaken a lot of Community enhancement projects, the latest being the renovations of the old Nursing Training School blocks of the Worawora Govt. Hospital to house a Learning Centre of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) HO.
Nana lives at Tema but spends a considerable amount of time in his hometown, Worawora.