Chief Of Staff Honoured As Model African Woman
Akosua Frema Osei-Opare (left) with First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo
Ghana’s First Female Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, has been honoured as the Model African Woman of the Year 2019.
She was presented with the award by the ExLA Group on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in Accra, during the fourth edition of the Young African Women Congress (YAWC) which took place at the Bank of Ghana auditorium of the University of Ghana.
The Chief of Staff is a development consultant of 40 years working experience with organizations like FAO, UNDP, former two-terms Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency in Accra and a Cabinet Minister during the erstwhile President John Agyekum Kufuor’s administration.
During her tenure in Parliament, she was instrumental in the passage of the Disability Act of Ghana, the Labour Act of Ghana, and the Human Trafficking Act.
She was appointed Ghana’s first female Chief of Staff in 2017 by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
A citation of honour was presented to her on behalf of the ExLA Group by the Minister of Public Procurement and Member of Parliament for Dome/Kwabenyan, Sarah Adwoa Sarfo, at the event graced by several profile ministers including Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah.
An excerpt from the citation read “you are a woman and you are indeed a mother.”
Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, speaking at the ceremony, encouraged young African women to tap into the life and history of the Chief of Staff.
She indicated that madam Osei-Opare has had tremendous impact on the lives of many in Ghana.
Madam Osei-Opare in a brief remark after receiving her award, thanked President Akufo-Addo for appointing her.
She also expressed gratitude to the many individuals who have supported her career.
BY Melvin Tarlue & Donny Morrison