Ghana’s first female Chief of Staff Mrs Frema Osei-Opare has eulogised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his conviction in women and promotion of women empowerment in the country.
She said her appointment by President Akufo-Addo, to the high office of Chief of Staff as the first female to occupy that position, speaks volume of the president’s desire to see women prosper and be given the needed voice they deserve in the country.
“I want to thank former President Kufuor for appointing me as a Deputy Minister in his government. But more importantly, I want to thank President Akufo-Addo for the trust he has in me. Making political appointments come with great risk and for the President to take that risk and say that for the first time, he was going to give the position of a Chief of Staff to a woman speaks of the confidence he has in women” the Chief of Staff said.
Mrs Osei-Opare said these on Saturday when she was honoured at the 5th Annual Glitz Africa’s “Ghana Women of the Year Honours’ Awards” night held at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
She urged women to welcome every opportunity that is given to them and to excel with that opportunity adding that it is when women value ‘smaller’ opportunities and excel at it that is when they will be considered for bigger opportunities.
Mrs Osei-Opare noted that all the positions she held during her days in academia, as Deputy Minister and Member of Parliament are those that have helped her to be able to manage her role as a Chief of Staff of the republic.
She expressed her appreciation to NPP footsoldiers of Ayawaso West Wuogon, where she served as a two-term Member of Parliament, for rallying behind her during those days and supporting her vision.
The Chief of Staff also thanked all persons who have played different roles in making her who she is now.
Mrs Osei-Opare was honoured with Excellence in Governance, the ultimate honour of the night.
Presenting the award, former first lady and flagbearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, showered praises on the Chief of Staff for her exceptional quality in handling her role without hitch.
The Chief of Staff, on her part, expressed appreciation to Glitz Africa for the honour.
“I value this, and I am grateful for the recognition” she said.
The ‘Ghana Women of the Year Honours’ is an award scheme instituted by Glitz Africa to celebrate women who use their expertise, position and influence to inspire others to make a difference in driving other women forward.
The Honourees were selected by an astute board of achievers who used clear and objective criteria in ensuring that the final list comprises the most deserving women in various fields.
The 5th annual Ghana Women of the Year Honours saw women from governance, judiciary, corporate, media among others being honoured.
Other honourees, include Elsie Addo Awadzi, Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, who was honoured with the Corporate Personality of the year; Dr Afua Asabea Asare, Chief Executive of Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), honoured with Excellence in Public Service; Prof Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology honoured with Excellence in Education, Beatrice Agyemang Abbey, Group CEO of Media General, Excellence in Media; Rev Dr Gifty Akushika Lamptey, CEO, Sidalco Group of Companies, Excellence in Business and Ethel Delali Cofie, CEO, EDEL Technology Consult, Excellence in Technology.
The rest were Nana Ama McBrown actress/media personality, Excellence in Creative Arts; Berla Addardey Mundi, Media Personality, Young Star; H.E. Judge Prof Akua Kuenyehia, former Judge, International Criminal Court, Lifetime Achievement; and the Ghana Health Service with an Honourary Recognition for their handling of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.