Ama Kuma was born Alexia J. Hogan in Orlando, FL. The pen name "Ama Kuma" was adopted after a trip to Ghana in 2007. As a child, she loved to read, sing, dance, and climb trees. Her passion for language and art continued to grow as she grew older, and she loved to learn about people from all walks of life.
She studied English at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and African Studies at New York University before returning to Polk County to teach elementary school.
Ama currently resides in her hometown of Orlando where she enjoys writing, painting, singing, playing the piano, and going wherever the wind takes her. Nandi's Unexpected Gift is her first published book.