Hall of fame: 20 outstanding women who are old girls of Aburi Girls


Aburi Girls’ Senior High School or ABUGISS is a leading all-female senior high school located on the Akuapim mountains, south of Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

It was established in 1946 with only seven students by the Basel Missionaries of the Presbyterian Church. Classes began on the compound of the Presbyterian Training College (PTC) Aburi before the school was moved to its present site which overlooks the Accra plains to the east.

Abugiss stands at an altitude of about 4,500 meters above sea level which allow the school to enjoy a relatively cool and pleasant climate most of the year.

The Presbyterian Boys Secondary School also known as “Presec” is the boy’s school of Aburi girls and their alliance is referred to as “PREGISS”

It has two compounds connected together by a bridge and currently has eight houses; Irene Anderson House, Edinburgh House, Royal Park House, Barradale House, Kilsyth House, Aberdeen House, Chapel House, Sylvia Asempa House.

School colours are yellow and green with a leopard as its mascot. Over the years, the school has achieved several laurels including the top awards in the WASSCE (Mathematics and Science) from 2011-2015 . Also in 2015, the school won the three top awards in the National Best School and Best Teacher Awards for the Senior High School Division for the Eastern Region.

Aburi Girls boasts of a plethora of iconic women and game-changers who have passed through the walls of the school from 1946 till date and are making huge impact in the world.

As the light on the hill, here are 20 past students who are making Aburi girls proud.

Gloria Akuffo

Attorney-general of Ghana and Minister of Justice

Vida Akoto-Bamfo

Former justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana 

Dr Ernestina Naadu Mills

Dr Naadu Mills is a former First Lady of Ghana and renowned educator. She was married to the late Prof J.E.A Mills

Deloris Frimpong Manso

Delay is a television and radio show host with a career spanning over 20 years and award-winning talk show, producer, public speaker, entrepreneur, and gender advocate

Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh

Award-winning sports photojournalist, Senyuiedzorm Awusi Adadevoh is a Ghanaian sports photographer and photojournalist based in Accra, Ghana. She has shot several sports events including the Olympics and World Cup.

Poetra Asantewaa

Ama Asantewa Diaka known by her stage name Poetra Asantewaa is a dimensional wordsmith, editor and critically acclaimed musical artist.

Edith Dita Schandorf

Edith is the editor of Ghanaian Youth and Campus Website, Kuulpeeps, a style blogger, creative director of Knuckle heads and the C.E.O of Bloomings Africa

Elsie Effah Kaufmann

The host of the National Science and Maths Quiz and biomedical engineering lecturer at the University of Ghana.

Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier

Johanna Odonkor Svanikier is the founding President and CEO of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa. She is also the immediate past Ambassador of Ghana to France and Portugal, as well as to the International Organisation of La Francophonie and the OECD Development Centre

Sylvia Anie

Anie is known for her work in magnetic resonance imaging and international policymaking. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Old Students Association of Aburi Girls’ Senior High School awarded her for her contributions to scientific knowledge in the world.

Keni Kodjo

Maukeni Padiki Kodjo Ribeiro is an award-winning writer, blogger, global shaper and content creator

Ms Adwoa A. Amoako Adjei Esq

Ms. Adwoa A. Amoako Adjei Esq is a Ghanaian lawyer who made history after she was called to the bars of The Gambia and Ghana concurrently.

Cina Soul

Cina Soul is an iconic singer-songwriter and recording artist

Ivy Barley

Ivy Barley is Ghanaian digital Techpreneur who made the news in March when she joined tech-giant, Microsoft as a Program Manager and the second Ghanaian at Bill Gates’ company.

She is also the co-founder and CEO of Developers in Vogue, an organization that is paving the way for more African women to take up opportunities in the tech industry.

In 2017, she was listed as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians.

Abena Brigidi

Investment analyst author and speaker

Lovelace Johnson

Justice Avril Lovelace Johnson is a justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana. She was appointed to the position in 2019.

Jay Gyebi

Jay Gyebi is a Ghanaian food entrepenur, chef, restaurant owner and food blogger. She is the owner of Mukase Chic restaurant and founder of the Jollof Festival.

COP (Dr.) Mabel Ewurabena Aboah

Dr Aboah is the first female General Surgeon in Ghana

Mrs.Jacqueline Naadu Benyi

Mrs. Jacqueline Naadu Benyi (nee Lartey) is the Executive Director of EnterpriseLife, a subsidiary of the Enterprise Group.

Dr Nana-Akyaa Yao

Dr Nana-Akyaa Yao (nee Nana-Amma Boakye) is the first female paediatric cardiologist with accreditation from the United Kingdom. 

Francisca Ashietey-Odunton

Ghana’s High Commissioner to Kenya, journalist and former acting managing director of the GBC

*Editors Note: An earlier version of this article erroneously cited Prof Naan Jane Opoku Agyemang and Prof Angela Tabiri as old girls of Abugiss. The article has since been updated with the correct information.

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