The amazing story of Theodosia Okoh the hockey player and designer of Ghana’s flag

The amazing story of Theodosia Okoh the hockey player and designer of Ghana’s flag

- Theodosia Salome Abena Kumea Asihene, better known as Theodosia Okoh, designed Ghana's national flag

- She was also a hockey enthusiast and served as the first female chair and president of the Ghana Hockey Association and the Ghana Hockey Federation respectively.

-In designing the flag, she explained the reason behind her decision to choose red, gold and green as well as the black star

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The contribution of the late Theodosia Salome Okoh to Ghana’s political, sporting and educational history is one that cannot be forgotten in a hurry.

Okoh was a Ghanaian stateswoman, sportswoman, teacher and artist who designed the national flag in 1957.

She played a leading role in the promotion of hockey in Ghana and for over 20 years, served as the first female chair and president of the Ghana Hockey Association and the Ghana Hockey Federation respectively.

The amazing story of Theodosia Okoh the hockey player and designer of Ghana’s flag

The late Theodosia Okoh Source: Graphic.com.gh
Source: UGC

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Per a report by ghanaianmuseum.com, it was during her tenure that Ghana first qualified for both the Hockey World Cup and the Olympic Games.

Born Theodosia Salome Abena Kumea Asihene, she was the fourth of eight children of Very Reverend Emmanuel Victor Asihene, a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, and Madam Dora Asihene, both from Anum in the Asuogyaman District of Ghana’s Eastern Region.

According to her, she decided on “the three colors of red, gold and green because of the geography of Ghana. Ghana lies in the tropics and blessed with rich vegetation. The color Gold was influenced by the mineral rich nature of our lands and Red commemorates those who died or worked for the country’s independence. Then the five-pointed lone star which is the symbol of African emancipation and unity in the struggle against colonialism….”

In other news, a man and woman in Burkina Faso have decided to raise their daughter as both a Muslim and Christian.

Records available show that five-year-old Osnia Ouattara is being introduced to both the Catholic faith of her father, Denis Ouattara and the Muslim faith of her mother, Afoussatou Sanou.

In a rather unique display of religious integration, Osnia celebrates both Christmas and the Islamic festival of Eid.

One of the photos taken at an office Christmas party in 2015 and displayed in their home shows Osnia meeting Father Christmas when she was a baby.

Sanou also noted that her daughter accompanies her to the mosque and also goes to the church with her father on Sundays.

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