Mrs. Rebecca NaaOkaikorAkufo-Addohas retained the primary Lady title once more on the backdrop of the New Patriotic Party’s victory within the December 7 elections, and therefore the beautiful investiture of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, her husband, because the Fifth President of the Fourth Republic.
The 69-year-old First Lady relentlessly stood by her husband, through thick and thin, till he ascended the highest seat of governance in 2017, for the first term, and in 2021 for the second term. Her contributions to the general well-being of humanity, particularly women and children, cannot go unnoticed.
Over the past four years, Mrs.Akufo-Addo has been married to a person whose heart beats for his nation.
In a message titled: “Dear Ghana,” which she posted on her Facebook wall just before the 2020 General Elections, she described the last four years as humbling.
“I awaken every morning, adjusting to the present charge of First Lady; partnering a person not just for love but in deep service of our country – the primary Gentleman,” she said.
Born Rebecca Griffiths-Randolph to Mr. Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph, the first African Commissioner of Income Tax, a Judge and later a Speaker of Parliament, and Mrs. Frances Philippina Griffiths-Randolph, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, in her first term because the First Lady, dedicated herself to improving the lot of youngsters , children , and women, also because the education and therefore the healthcare sectors of the Ghanaian society.
By way of supporting national efforts to scale back malaria and malnutrition in children and pregnant women, she co-founded the charity; Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation in 2005, even before she became the First Lady.
She established The Rebecca Foundation in 2017, when her husband became the President, to make sure the economic empowerment of girls and therefore the well-being of youngsters in education and health.
Also in 2017, she personally raised funds from individuals and organisations to build an ultra-modern Mother/Baby and Paediatric Intensive Unit at the KomfoAnokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, while the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra was blessed a Paediatric medical care , Neonatal medical care and High Dependency units.
Aside the supply of those critical health care delivery edifices, Mrs.Akufo-Addo also led a robust drive to accumulate hospital equipment and supplies, which she distributed to health centres across the 16 regions of Ghana additionally to sourcing for funds to support surgeries of some vulnerable people.
Under her Community Health Outreach Initiative, new CHPS compounds were established and equipped at Seduase in the Greater Accra Region and Nyashegu in the Northern Region.
There were also donations of phototherapy machines to the Princess Marie Louis Children’s Hospital in Accra and the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, while the Osu Maternity Home and Usher Fort clinics were renovated and equipped with medical supplies.
Through the efforts of the First Lady, six ambulances were distributed to the KomfoAnokye Mother and Baby Unit, Korle-Bu Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, West Gonja District Hospital, Sakumono Community Hospital, the Osu Maternity Home and therefore the Valley View Hospital, geared towards making healthcare accessible to all or any .
To date, her foundation continues to be a major partner to the Ministry of Health in the provision of services to the citizenry, especially women and children.
Mrs.Akufo-Addo’s passion for girls’ education led her to make the “Because i would like to be” initiative to encourage girls to remain in class or learn some entrepreneurial skills through training and provision of start-up kits for soap making to about 100 females, including out-of-school girls, within the Central and Greater Accra regions.
Some girls were also trained in catering and as artisans also as introduced to mentorship programmes, which still show on television, to succeed in girls across the country with life lessons and experiences.
She also established the “Learning to read, Reading to learn” initiative, to improve literacy among children through a TV reading programme, while providing libraries in school clusters across the country in communities like SefwiDebiso in the Western North Region, Moree in the Central Region, Wenchi in the Bono Region and DaffiamaBusseiIssah in the Upper West Region.
Bortianor and Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region, Kumawu in Ashanti, and Krachi in Oti also benefitted from the library project.
Books, computers, and shoes among other things were distributed to varied schools within the country while children from the SOS Village benefited from educational exchange programmes to China.
The SOS Ghana, Kyebi School for the Deaf, Mother Care Orphanage, Akropong School for the Blind, Mampong School for the Deaf, Dzorwulu Special School and AdjeiKojoSchool for the Deaf, all benefited from the benevolence of Mrs.Akufo-Addo.
She also created a women’s economic empowerment initiative called “Terema”, which provided skills training and business assistance to women in Ghana, empowering fishmongers, traders and ladies artisans from Western, Central, Western North and Greater Accra regions with various start-up tools.
Under the Terema initiative, the primary Lady led a successful business trip with 35 women entrepreneurs to China to explore business opportunities there, while many street hawkers were empowered with small tools and grants to boost their businesses.
The Ghana National Hairdressers and Beauticians Association wasn’t overlooked as Mrs.Akufo-Addo donated 1,000 bags of cement to assist in putting up infrastructure to assist their activities.
The First Lady also organised three high level International Women’s Day events to advocate for gender equality and inclusiveness of girls and girls in national development.
Suffice it to say that in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Mrs.Akufo-Addo distributed food, hygiene and safety items to thousands of women, including the aged and single mothers across the country to reduce their plight thanks to the temporary lockdown.
And because the Nutrition Champion of the African Leaders for Nutrition, Mrs.Akufo-Addo has been strongly advocating for improved nutrition outcomes for Ghanaians, especially children.
She is additionally the premier ambassador for HIV/AIDS; a patron of the faculties for the Blind and Deaf, Cancer Voices and SOS Children’s Villages Ghana.
These enormous contributions by the First Lady, to ensure the well-being of the people, have indeed not gone unnoticed as she has received commendations from many organizations and individuals, including the Ministry of Health.
She is recognized for her firm belief that every First Lady is uniquely placed to make a difference in the lives of citizens, hence her determination to support the efforts of the govt in addressing the event needs of the country.
“As a citizen, I’m confident about the longer term of this country; that it’s led by a President who has shown the clearest vision about Ghana, about the economy, education, agriculture, industrialization and about young people.
“And so more than ever, I feel married to politics; the kind that changes the life of a young Thomas Amoaning of Adeiso SHS who although walked six kilometres every day to school, never wavered in his ambition to become an Economist.
“Today, I feel connected to parts of our country and our stories through the Rebecca Foundation.
“Ghana could also be a land of possibilities but what I even have seen from these last four years is that our youngsters can only attain their fullest potential if we’ve a leader who is obsessed with these possibilities and who would not catch any sleep until young boys can have a country to believe in and young girls can dare to dream; to be presidents, business leaders, scientists or first ladies if they prefer to ,”Mrs. Akufo-Addo said.
It is, therefore, not out of order to mention “Ayekoo” to Mrs.Akufo-Addo for of these achievements, among the various others that haven’t been mentioned, under the primary term of her first ladyship.
I pray and hope that God will grant you the strength and resources, even as you enter your 70th year in March, this year, to do more for the Ghanaian girl, women and all the marginalized in society.