Ghana’s 1st female army general grabs continental position; set to fly to disputed territory

Ghana’s 1st female army general grabs continental position; set to fly to disputed territory

- Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu, who is Ghana's first female brigadier general, has been appointed as the deputy force commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

- Accepting the offer, she praised her predecessor and called for support from members of her mission

- Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu has set several other records since she began her career as a military officer

YEN.com.gh has learned that Ghana’s first female brigadier-general, Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu, has been appointed as deputy force commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

Brigadier-General Edjeani-Afenu, therefore, becomes the first woman to occupy such an office since Peace Support Operations began in Western Sahara in 1991.

After the official ceremony to bestow the appointment on her was held on Thursday, September 19, 2019, she praised her predecessor for the good work done and gave an assurance that she would continue with the peace process in Western Sahara.

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The top military official again asked for the support of every member of the mission so that their tour would end in success.

Per a report by www.ghanapeacejournal.com, present at the ceremony were top military personalities such as Colin Stewart, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Major General Zia Ur Rehman, the Force Commander (FC) of MINURSO and Veneranda Jefferson, the Chief of Mission Support (CMS).

Brigadier-General Edjeani-Afenu is the first woman to command the Forces Pay Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

She is also the first woman to be appointed a Brigadier General in GAF and the first woman to be appointed Deputy Military Adviser (DMILAD) at the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations in New York from 2013 to 2016.

Again, she is the first Ghanaian woman to be appointed as Team Leader in MONUSCO as Military Observer from 2003 to 2004.

In other news, YEN.com.gh has a video of Ghanaian school children singing a song of praise to Mohammed Salah, a footballer who plies his trade with the Egyptian national team and Liverpool Football Club.

In the video, the children are seen in a classroom and following the directions of an instructor, sing the song and act it out as well.

The video has gone viral and social media users have expressed their opinions about it.

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