Hannah Kudjoe: The foremost Ghanaian woman behind our independence

Hannah Kudjoe: The foremost Ghanaian woman behind our independence

The story of Ghana's independence is often told without the name Hannah Kudjoe (or Cudjoe) even though she literally contributed to organising rallies and protests aimed at disturbing colonial rule.

With a little bit of research, one will find out that political historians in Ghana have lamented the virtual non-existence of Kudjoe's contributions in the history books.

But Kudjoe, while a propaganda secretary for the independence-winning Convention People's Party (CPP), was responsible for the dissemination of the talking points party heads such as Kwame Nkrumah fashioned.

Prior to being the propaganda secretary of the CPP, Kudjoe was an organiser bent on causing good troubles with the colonial authorities.

It is known that in 1948, she was key in organising a mammoth rally that was used as political capital in demanding the release of the so-called Big Six.

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Born in Busua in the Western region of the Gold Coast (now Ghana) in December 1918, Kudjoe (Dadson, before marriage) was the youngest of 10 children.

After finishing school, she became a popular dressmaker in Tarkwa, where she married J. C. Kudjoe.

She was inspired to enter into politics when Kwame Nkrumah stayed at their house in June 1947 and convinced her of the importance of women in politics.

Kudjoe became heavily involved with Positive Action, a campaign of mass civil disobedience that Nkrumah had advocated.

Kudjoe inspired massive support for the CPP through this campaign which eventually led to the end of colonial rule.

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Adults and children alike will be forgiven if they confess to not knowing who Hannah Kudjoe was. Ours is after all, a very male-dominated society.

After over 60 years of independence, Ghana has to come to terms with the fact that if our story is not told well to include women such as Kudjoe, we are not being fair to gender that forms majority of our population.

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