One of the lead conveners of social pressure group #FixTheCountry, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, has questioned why it appears the passing of Ghana’s first female Brigadier-General has not been prioritized.
Brigadier-General Emefa Edjeani-Afenu passed away at the 37 Military Hospital on Monday, January 24, 2022.
In a Facebook post sighted by GhanaWeb, the vociferous #FixTheCountry convener questioned why a directive has not been issued for flags to fly at Half-mast following the passing of Brigadier-General Emefa Edjeani-Afenu.
“Why are flags not flying at Half-mast for Brigadier-General Emefa Edjeani-Afenu, first of her name!” he questioned.
Ghana’s first female Brigadier-General dies
The woman who broke history to become the first female Brigadier General of the Ghana Armed Forces, Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu, was reported dead on January 24, 2022.
She is said to have died at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra on Monday, following a short illness.
The late Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu was the first female to attain the highest feat in the Ghana Armed Forces when she was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on March 7, 2016.
She was commissioned into the Ghana Armed Forces on April 25, 1980, as a Second Lieutenant, after an eighteen-month regular training at the Ghana Military Academy.
General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu was later appointed General Staff Officer Grade 3 (Training, and Personnel Staff Officer) at the Border Guards HQ 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 was appointed the Commanding Officer all of which she became the first female in the Armed Forces to occupy these posts.
She became the first woman to be appointed Deputy Military Adviser (DMILAD) at the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the UN, New York from 2013 to 2016.
While she was serving as DMILAD, General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu was promoted in March 2016 to the rank of Brigadier-General, becoming the first female to be promoted as a General in the Ghana Armed Forces.
The Brigadier General also served the Ghana Armed Forces Representative to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.
She participated in UN peacekeeping operations as the GhanaBatts (Ghana Battalion) in UNIFIL (1994 & 1998); MONUSCO (2007) and UNMIL (2009).
The government of Ghana and the Ghana Armed Forces are yet to make an official pronouncement on the passing of the late Brigadier-General Constance Ama Emefa Edjeani-Afenu.