Today, February 1, marks the birthday of the former chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei.
Born in 1969, Mrs Osei has attained the golden age of 50 years.
YEN.com.gh celebrates her with these stunning photos, in which she looks way younger than her age.
Charlotte Osei was born to a Ghanaian father and a Nigerian mother in Axim in the Western Region of Ghana.
While details of her basic education are quite scanty, the former EC boss is known to have had her secondary education at the Ghana National College in Cape Coast.
From there, she attended the University of Ghana where obtained her LLB in 1992 and the Ghana School of Law and was called to the bar in 1994.
After some years as a lawyer, she added a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa, Pretoria (2006) and a Master of Laws, (LLM), from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada to her certificates.
Charlotte Osei's career as a lawyer started even before she was called to the Bar.
According to her, in 1992, while still writing her final exams at the law school, former Gender Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, than a private legal practitioner, came to recruit her for Laryea, Laryea & Co she started work right after exams and before the call to the Bar.
After leaving Laryea, Laryea & Co. in 1997, Mrs Osei joined the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) Limited as the Senior Legal Officer (1997-2002) and also worked as a part-time lecturer at the University of Ghana at the Faculty of Law teaching Commercial Law, Law of Contracts, and Company Law (1997-2003).
Her time at GCB ended with her moving to Unibank Limited (Ghana), as the General Counsel and Company’s Secretary (2002-2005).
She later left Unibank to form Prime Attorneys, a company comprised of business lawyers who offer legal advice to companies, in 2005.
In 2011, Charlotte Osei was appointed as the chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).
Osei served at the NCCE until 2015 when former president John Mahama appointed her to replace Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan as the Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana
Her appointment made her the first ever woman to head the EC since Ghana's independence.
In 2016 she presided as the Returning Officer for Ghana's 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.
The elections were successful and relatively incident-free though the run-up to the December 7 polling day had been tense after the EC's decision to disqualify some presidential candidates.
Osei's tenure as EC boss, however, came to an abrupt end on June 28, 2018, as she was removed from her position following recommendations by a committee set up by Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo.
The committee was set up after a petition was brought to the president, Nana Akufo-Addo, for Charlotte Osei's removal over some infractions in her work. Key among these infractions were allegations of procurement breaches which were upheld by the committee.
But despite this blot on her CV, Mrs Osei is an achieved and has won so many awards in both her academic and professional.
Apart from being an astute professional and academic, Charlotte Osei is also a wife who is known to have a very beautiful daughter.
So let us say cheers to this brainy woman whose beauty could be envied by ladies who half her age.
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