Ghana’s First Female Brigadier-General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu Died

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Ghana's First Female Brigadier-General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu Died
Ghana's First Female Brigadier-General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu Died

Ghana’s first female Brigadier general Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu has passed on after battling with a short illness.

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Ghana’s First Female Brigadier-General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu Died

Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu died on Monday 24th January 2022 at the 37 Military Hospital. Her death was confirmed by the Ghana Armed Forces.

Who is Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu?

General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu was the first female to become a Brigadier-General. She commissioned into the Ghana Armed Forces on April, 25, 1980, as a Second Lieutenant, after successfully passing eighteen months regular training at the Ghana Military Academy.

Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu served as a Platoon Commander at the 2nd Battalion of Infantry in 1980. In the next year she was made the Adjutant to the 3rd Border Guards Battalion from 1981 to 1982 and subsequently, appointed General Staff Officer Grade 3 (Training, and Personnel Staff Officer) at the Border Guards Headquarters from 1983 to 1984 and as Adjutant at the Border Guards Training School, Kpetoe in 1984.

In 1995, she was appointed the Second in Command of the Ghana Armed Forces Pay Regiment and in 1999, the Commanding Officer, all, which she became the first female in the Armed Forces to occupy.

In 2013, she became the first woman to be appointed Deputy Military Adviser (DMILAD) at the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the UN, New York till 2016.

Whilst serving as DMILAD, she was promoted in March 2016 to the rank of Brigadier-General, becoming the first female to be ever promoted as a General in the Ghana Armed Forces.

She also served as the Ghana Armed Forces Representative to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department. Brigadier General Edjeani-Afenu also participated in UN peacekeeping operations as the GhanaBatts (Ghana Battalion) in UNIFIL (1994 & 1998); MONUSCO (2007) and UNMIL (2009).

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