-Some students in the University of Ghana mistake Dr Elsie Effah Kaufmann for a student
-She attributed their confusion to her youthful looks
-She recently got her handbag stolen by an unknown suspect
The quiz mistress of Ghana;s educational quiz programme, The National Science and MAths Quiz has made some hilarious revelations about herself in relation to her looks.
In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, Dr Elsie Effah Kaufmann revealed that she was aware of the fact that she looked young and could easily pass off as a student in the University of Ghana.
She recounted severally instances where she was mistaken as a student even in her own lecture hall. In one of the instances, the Senior Lecturer and Foundation Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana said she was in her office behind her desk when a student walked into the office. The student, on seeing the name tag “Dr. Kaufmann” immediately asked her to go and fetch her father since he had come to see “him”. He did not believe I was Dr. Kaufmann she indicated.
The Doctor also recounted several other instances when some students would peep through the lecture hall to be sure she was really a lecturer and not just another student. She added that because of her looks, many people still found it hard to believe that she was a doctor and a senior lecturer.
Dr Elsie Effah Kaufmann holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE), a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She received her postdoctoral training at Rutgers University, USA before joining the University of Ghana in July 2001. She was adjudged the University of Ghana’s Best Teacher for the Sciences in 2009.
She is the only female lecturer in her department.
Dr. Kaufmann has been in the news for a while now due to the saga that crowned the grand finale of this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz. CCTV footage showed an unidentified male picking her handbag and running off with it.
The handbag has still not been found. However, some of the contents in the bag including her ATM cards and Driver’s License have been returned to her. The money in the purse and other personal belongings are yet to be returned including the handbag itself.
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