- Dr Eyifa-Dzidzienyo has several publications to her credit, including Social Construction
- Archaeologists are social scientists who study people to know what they do and why they do so based on their culture
A 37-year-old student at the University of Ghana has graduated as the first ever female archaeologist from Ghana.
Dr. Gertrude Eyifa-Dzidzienyo graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in Archaeology during last month’s graduation ceremony for graduands.
She explained in an interview with The Mirror that she was encouraged to take up this course because she realized there were no female Archaeologists in Ghana.
According to her, she wishes to see more Ghanaians women venture into this field, while admitting that it was a very proud moment for her to be able to achieve this feat.
Explaining how this whole dream started, Dr. Gertrude Eyifa-Dzidzienyo said: “After speaking to my academic advisor, Mr John Arkor, for instance, he told me, ‘You’re very inquisitive and probing, so you can do better if you stick to Archaeology’, and that motivated me to continue with the programme and graduate with a first degree.
“What actually motivated me the most was the fact that during my undergraduate programme, there was no Ghanaian female who taught us except some foreign women who came to assist in Level 300.”
She continued that realizing there was no Ghanaian female archaeologist motivated her to take up the “challenge and decided that if that was the case, I was going to study hard to become the first Ghanaian female to obtain my PhD in the field”.
Dr. Gertrude Eyifa-Dzidzienyo, though, attributed the low level of interest from Ghanaian women in Archaeology to a lack of proper education concerning the field.
She added that “Archaeologists are neither grave looters nor diggers as is being misconstrued by many people out there.”
Dr. Gertrude Eyifa-Dzidzienyo is currently married with two children. She had her elementary education at thee Seventh Day Adventist Demonstration school, before continuing her secondary school education at the Juabeng Secondary Commercial School.
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