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Ghana’s 1st female minister was a woman with a powerful life story called Susanna Al-Hassan
Her leadership roles skyrocketed immediately she became a headmistress at Bolgatanga Girls’ Middle School
Susanna comes from the Northern Region and was born in Tamale Our Manifesto: This is what YEN.com.gh believes in Susanna Al-Hassan was a powerful woman who became the first female minister in Ghana. Ghanaianmuseum.com indicates that the brilliant woman who was born in 1927 was the mother of former GTV News anchor Selma Ramatu Alhassan who later became Selma Valcourt and also Victor Alhassan of Sky Petroleum. Susanna started her journey to becoming a holder of great national portfolios in 1955 when she became the headmistress of Bolgatanga Girls’ Middle School.
Susanna Al-Hassan rose to become a Member of Parliament for the then Northern Region parliamentary constituency between 1960 and 1966. Just one year after winning her parliamentary seat, the hard work of Susanna got her appointed as the Deputy Minister of Education in Kwame Nkrumah’s republican government from 1961 to 1963. From 1963 to 1966, and again in 1967, she was Minister of Social Affairs.
In between that period in 1965, Nkrumah appointed her as Minister of Social Welfare and Community Development. READ ALSO: Meet Salifu Dagarti the man who took a bullet for Kwame Nkrumah at the Flagstaff House Susanna Al-Hassan was a writer as reports indicate that she eventually became an author as well. The powerful woman was also known for her strong opinions about the issue of prostitution among young ladies that became rampant at the time. She identified that solutions are targeted at school girls and young working girls especially.
Susanna who was born in Tamale and educated at Achimota School sadly died on January 17, 1997. There have been amazing news reports about historical women in Ghana. Not long ago, YEN.com.gh reported that Akua Asabea Ayisi was the first female journalist Ghana has had and served in various capacities in the country. Per reports which were compiled by a grand-niece to Akua, she became a journalist and also a private secretary to the first president of Ghana Dr Kwame Nkrumah. Before stepping up to the great title of the first journalist in Ghana, Akua Asabea, who was born in Mampong Akwapem, attended Presbyterian Primary Mampong. Enjoy reading our stories?