10 Trailblazing Ghanaian Women You Didn’t Know Are Old Students of Yaa Asantewaa Girls
Yaa Asantewaa Girls SHS has churned out thousands of educated and well-formed women holding responsible positions in governments, global organisations, education, hospitals f.elds and business circles. Here are 10 Trailblazing Ghanaian Women who attended the school.
Our Senior High School of the week is Yaa Asantewaa Girls Senior High School, which is also one of the few Girls’ Secondary Schools in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
The school was named after Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Queen Mother of Ejisu, a central state of the Asante Kingdom in Ghana. She was appointed Queen mother of Ejisu, by her brother Nana Akwasi Okpese, the Ejisuhene (the ruler of Ejisu) a respected and powerful position in Asante.
The school was established in Kumasi in 1959 as part of the rapid Education expansion project pioneered by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first Ghanaian president after the independence of the country.
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It had an initial population of seventy (70) girls and the first headmistress was Mrs Gloria Aryee. The School capacity grew to 300 by the late 60s and approximately 500 in the 70s and kept growing over the past decades. The current population according to school records is pegged at two thousand and four hundred (2,400) girls.
The School has had a succession of 7 Head Mistresses and the current Head Mistress is Ms A. Eshun-Famiyeh. Much of the success and discipline can be attributed to Madam Tetteh, the third Headmistress (1962 – 1978) of the School. Her foresight, strictness and commitment turned the girls into respectable and disciplined women to this day.
Her phrase “I’m teaching you girls to be good housewives” will forever go down to the School’s history. However, in 1978, the students rebelled against her and demanded that the Schools’ priority should also be focused on first-class education coupled with discipline.
The school offers courses including Business, Home Economics, General Science, Agric Science, General Arts, Visual Arts. School colours are Skyblue and white. The school’s motto is Love and Service
Yaa Asantewaa Girls has a healthy alliance with Prempeh College in the Ashanti Region.
YAGSHS has churned out thousands of educated and well-formed women holding responsible positions in governments, global organisations, education, hospitals fields and business circles (as in doctors, lawyers, journalists, nurses, entrepreneurs, teachers, etc.), as well as a Dame in the UK.
Here are 10 Illustrious Ghanaian Women who attended Yaa Asantewaa Girls SHS
Jane Fara Fauzzier Afia Boafowaa Yahaya Awindo popularly known by her showbiz name Efya, is a multi-award winning Ghanaian muscian, songwriter, and actress.
The daughter of filmmaker and celebrity host of the late television show Greetings From Abroad, Nana Adwoa Awindor, Efya is a proud old girl of Yaa Asantewaa Girls and she embodies the ethos of the school.
Joyce Serwaa Amihere
Serwaa Amihere is a Ghanaian broadcast journalist and news presenter at GHONE Television. She began her career in the media as a pundit and later landed the role of producer at the same television station working directly under Nana Aba Anamoh on her flagship show, State of Affairs.
Amihere is also the co-owner of a fashion label, Office N Co and brand ambassador for Oh My Hair as well as Samsung. She is celebrated for her affable, easy-going style and her fashionable choices.
Maame Afia Konadu
The late Henrietta Okyere Twum, popularly known as Maa Afia Konadu, was a Ghanaian media personality and counsellor known for her popular mid-morning show, “Asomdwe Nkomo” on Accra-based Peace FM.
Maame Afia Konadu left Peace FM after working for 10 years. She was nominated for the Radio Female Presenter of the Year at the 2013 Radio and Television Personality Awards.
She began her media career at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation before moving to Peace Fm. She is also known for programmes such as:’Wo haw ne sɛn’, ‘Mpom Te Sɛn‘ and ‘Asomdwee NkomƆ‘ and was loved for her flair in the use of the Akan Language to make a positive impression on listeners.
Dr Ellen Boakye
Dr Ellen made history in 2017 when she won 18 awards at the University of Ghana Medical School graduation. The child cardiologist was honoured by Mrs Rebecca Akuffo-Addo, the First lady of Ghana for her historic feat. She also won The People’s Choice Practitioners Awards and HELEH Africa People’s Choice Practitioners Honour in 2017. She is currently one of the few Child Cardiologists in Ghana.
Nana Akosua Konadu
Eunice Nana Akosua Konadu, also known as Nana Akosua Konadu, is a Ghanaian broadcaster, CEO and founder of Enak Consult. She is the host of The Hard Truth on the Joy News channel on Multi TV. She is also the co-host of the AM Show on the same channel.
Nana Yaa Serwaa Sarpong
Nana Yaa studied at Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ Senior High School in Kumasi where she developed a keen interest in media.
She was the host of a youth talk show “Conscious Vibes” which discussed social issues and challenges impacting the lives of young people. The show grew and extended unto Fox Fm in Kumasi where she co-hosted it with Opoku Oparemedia personality. She is a former channel manager at Joy Prime.
Achiaa Kusi Dapaah
Ms. Achiaa Kusi Dapaah is a Petroleum Engineer who currently works with GNPC. She’s also a former member of the 2007 Yaa Asantewaa NSMQ team. She’s also a social entrepreneur who works with young people in the Science & Technology space.
Nana Adwoa Khadijah Amoah
Mrs Kadijah Amoah is the Country Director of Norwegian Oil Company, Aker Energy Ghana Ltd. Kadijah is a lawyer by profession and holds degrees in law and political science, a master’s degree in international business. . Prior to joining Aker Energy, Mrs Amoah was a Senior Foreign Lawyer at Clifford Chance in Germany.
Mrs Harriet Adu-Amoah is a senior dietician at FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital. She is also an old student of Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS.
Mrs Janet Adu-Poku a.k a. Lady Jay is the Branch Manager of Sunu Assurances and the founder of Wise up Consult. She is also co-founder of NoWall Music Studio (a guidance and counselling Centre targeted at dealing with additions, struggles and challenges)
Antoinette Tiffany Owusu known by her stage name as “Itz Tiffany” is a Ghanaian Afro-pop artist.
She lived in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region and attended Cambridge School and from there to Yaa Asantewaa Girls High school where she played a major role in the entertainment committee and performed almost every musical concert on campus. She was also a member of the drama club.
She has worked with the likes of Castro, R2bees, Jayso, Sarkodie, Captain Planet (4×4), Fuse, Lil shaker, Chase, and Killbeatz.