The late Theresa Aba Kufuor, a former First Lady, is one of the most formidable women in Ghana’s political history who will never be forgotten.
Although she was known to be a quiet person in the political arena, her achievable policies for women and children made her well-recognised while serving the nation with her husband, John Agyekum Kufuor.
As the First Lady, Theresa Aba Kufuor attended state functions, including international conferences, which required her presence.
Theresa Aba Kufuor joined her ancestors on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at age 87.
As the country mourns the loss of a heroine, here are some facts about the woman who remained a solid rock behind the ‘gentle giant’.
Below are the 12 things you may not know about Theresa Aba Kufuor
- Theresa Aba Kufuor was born on October 25, 1935.
- She met former President John Agyekum Kufuor at a Republic Day Anniversary Dance in London in 1961.
- Theresa married Kufuor in 1962, when she was 27 years old.
- She was the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana from 2001 to 2009.
- Theresa Aba Kufuor is a retired nurse and midwife.
- Madam Theresa Aba Kufuor started her education at the Catholic Convent, OLA, at Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana.
- She was trained as a registered nurse in the Southern Hospital Group of Nursing, Edinburgh, Scotland.
- Theresa Aba Kufuor was blessed with five children and eight grandchildren.
- She was a Roman Catholic.
- She pushed for policy changes in the government’s white paper on educational reforms towards implementing UNESCO’s Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education(FCUBE) programme for kindergarten children in 2007.
- Theresa Aba Kufuor founded the Mother and Child Community Development Foundation(MCCDF), a non-governmental organisation in Ghana and Canada that supports work in preventing mother-to-child transmission diseases.
- The late Theresa Aba Kufuor was once awarded the Papal Award Dame of St. Gregory the Great for her commitment to the plight of poor children and their mothers.