Hannah Kudjoe: The unsung heroine who struggled alongside Kwame Nkrumah for Ghana’s independence

Hannah Kudjoe: The unsung heroine who struggled alongside Kwame Nkrumah for Ghana’s independence

- Hannah Kudjoe was a prominent member of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) before she joined the Convention People's Party (CPP)

- The native of Busua was Ghana’s leading woman nationalist in the struggle for independence from British colonial rule in the 1940s and 1950s

- She founded the All-African Women’s League in 1957, which later became the Ghana Women’s League.

- Hannah Kudjoe died on March 9, 1986

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Born in Busua, in the Western Region of Ghana formerly Gold Coast, in December 1918, Hannah Kudjoe was the youngest of 10 children.

Hannah Kudjoe was an active member of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), who played an important role in the struggle for Ghana's independence in 1957.

After she completed school, she pursued a career as a fashion designer and rapidly became popular as a dressmaker in Tarkwa.

Hannah met J. C. Kudjoe during these times as one of Tarkwa’s famous dressmakers and later settled together with him after they tied the knot.

J. C. Kudjoe was a manager of a gold mine near Tarkwa at the time before the two married.

However, their marriage suffered an early divorce and she had to move to live with her brother, E.K. Dadson, a notable United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) activist.

Hannah met Kwame Nkrumah during her stay with her brother not long after he returned to Ghana in 1987 after he moved to study in the United States and Britain for a decade.

Kwame Nkrumah travelled to upgrade himself for the position of General Secretary of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).

Dadson was one of the prominent UGCC activists at the time and Nkrumah lodged at his house in Tarkwa when he first arrived.

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Hannah became one of the important personalities in the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), a political party that was established to fight and wrestle Ghana’s independence from British colonial rule.

Ghanaianmuseum.com writes that Hannah was instrumental in raising money for a fierce campaign to have Ghana’s Big Six released after they were arrested.

She was also an active participant of the Positive Action, a series of political protests that eventually led to Nkrumah’s election and the formation of an independent nation.

Hannah Kudjoe was very pivotal in the Committee on Youth Organization within the UGCC and followed them when they split from the UGCC to form the CPP.

She made history at the time as the only woman present when the youth wing of the party decided to separate from the UGCC.

After Ghana gained independence in 1957, Hannah Kudjoe established the All-African Women’s League which later became the Ghana Women’s League.

She also worked to establish day nurseries and nursery schools throughout the country.

Hannah Kudjoe died on March 9, 1986.

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously reported that love is the essence of life and one of the fulfilling gifts one could give to their neighbour, especially the deprived and people who are limited by their physical state.

In the spirit of showing unconditional love, De-Graft Johnson Foundation, a charity organisation, donated a new wheelchair to 13-year-old Hanna Toku, a physically-challenged girl on February 14, 2020.

The gift is to assist and make her movement less cumbersome. In addition, Toku received books and other stationery to aid her studies, drinks, biscuits, water and a cash amount from the foundation.

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