Meet Rebecca Naa Dedei Ayitey the heroic woman used on the 50p coin

Meet Rebecca Naa Dedei Ayitey the heroic woman used on the 50p coin

- The woman who was used on the popular 50p coin has been identified as Rebecca Naa Dedei Ayitey

- Rebecca Naa Dedei Ayitey was a popular activist, feminist and pioneer who was a chief financier of the CPP and served closely with Dr Kwame Nkrumah

- She was poisoned at age 38 in the Volta Regional capital whilst on a party mission with Ghana's first president

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The woman who was used on the 50p coin of Ghana has been identified as Rebecca Naa Dedei Ayitey, a heroic woman who was the Chief Financier of the Convention People’s Party in the past.

In a post sighted by on the official Twitter handle of, the woman, also known as, Dedei Ashikishan, served in a great capacity to aid Ghana's first president Dr Kwame Nkrumah

She was a pioneer, political activist and a renowned feminist who was sadly taken away from the scenes at a young age of 38 through poisoning.

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Dedei Ashikishan's mother was from Accra and the father, Ataa Ayite, was from Accra and Osu, combined. Her paternal grandmother who was from Osu was called Ama Richter.

The renowned woman reportedly died at Ho when she accompanied Kwame Nkrumah to a party function in the region.

She was served some tea, and after 5 minutes, she started complaining of stomach pains ‘’kaa fee, ma fee’’ Dedei was gone by poisoning.

There have been some interesting comments since the face of the woman was unveiled on social media. Sadat Umar Rashad said he thought it was a popular living actress on the coin:

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Isaac Adu Nyarko found the report a bit ridiculous, suggesting that the woman on the coin looked very old whilst the person she is being revealed as, is very young:

In other news, more than 200 cases of cerebrospinal meningitis have been recorded in Ghana with 33 Ghanaians confirmed dead in the Upper West Region alone as country battles COVID-19.

In a news report by, the Upper West Regional Director of Health, Dr Osei Kuffuor Afreh, mentions that the situation seems to be getting out of hand mainly because of the extreme focus on the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Dr Osei Kuffuor Afreh indicates that his outfit has intensified education in the region after the 33 cerebrospinal meningitis deaths were recorded.

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