Melody Millicent Danquah: Meet The Ghanaian Woman Who was The First Female To Become A Pilot In The Country

Melody Millicent Danquah: Meet The Ghanaian Woman Who was The First Female To Become A Pilot In The Country

  • Ghana had its first female pilot in 1965 after she enrolled at the Ghana Military Academy to be trained for the Airforce
  • Melody Millicent Danquah was among three women who were chosen to be trained and she worked as a Pilot for five years
  • She worked with the National Service Secretariat and was a board member of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration after retiring from the Ghana Army

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Over the years, many females have become trailblazers in their line of work. More and more women in Africa are aspiring for greater things beyond the 'kitchen' thanks to the fact that they have seen their fellow women rise above the status quo.

Melody Millicent Danquah is an example of such individuals who gave women a reason to dream and aspire for greater things after becoming the first ever female pilot Ghana had which in turn qualified her as a part of the earliest few female pilots in Africa.

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First female pilot Ghana had
Aeroplane, Melody posing Photo credit: alvarez/Getty Images, Ghanaian Museum
Source: UGC

Melody Millicent Danquah becoming Ghana's first female Pilot

The tenacious lady qualified as a pilot in 1965 but became the first Ghanaian to fly an aeroplane solo in 1964 after completing her education at Wesley Girls' and graduating from the Government Secretarial School.

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Melody was among three women who were chosen to be trained `as pilots in the Ghana Airforce after successfully passing an assessment in 1963.

She served in the Ghana Airforce as a Pilot for five years and worked as an administrator until 1984.

Life after serving in the Ghana Army

After Melody's retirement, she worked with the World food Programme and the National Service Secretariat.

Being the driven woman she was, the former pilot made the decision to earn a Diploma in Bible Studies and Theology to learn more about 'christiandom. She began preaching after graduating.

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Madam Millicent was also a part of the board of directors of the well-known tertiary institution, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.

Melody Millicent Dnaquah's upbringing and family

Ghana's very first female pilot was born to Rexford Addo-Danquah and Selina Gyamfi in Larteh Akuapem and had 10 siblings.

Professor Angela Lamensdorf Ofori-Atta, a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Ghana School of Medicine & Dentistry is her only child.

Ghanaians Drool Over 1964 Photo of First Ghanaian Female Pilot

Meanwhile earlier reported that Social media was buzzing with many users drooling over a photo of the first Ghanaian female pilot, Melody Millicent Danquah.

The inspiring photo of Melody Millicent Danquah, which was captured in 1964, has surfaced on social media, and Ghanaians can’t have enough of her brilliance and fashion sense.

In the shot, Melody posed in her uniform, flaunting her flawless legs. The photo has sent chills down the veins of some commentators who have already described her as ''brave''.

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