Many times we complain about not celebrating our legends well enough when they are alive till they are no more. And unfortunately, the timing of this article may look like it but the story of Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu is an inspiring one that is worth every minute spent in putting this together.
Born Constance Ama Emefa Edjeani in 1960 but had to add the name “Afenu” to her names after she got married. She holds the record of being the first female brigadier general of the Ghana Armed Forces.
She was born into a military family hence joining the army herself came very easy for her. Constance was born to an army father and her two elder siblings were also in the army before she joined the service.
Emefa Edjeani-Afenu started her education at Kamina Barracks Primary because that was where her dad was stationed and later attended Armed Forces Experimental in Kumasi.
From there, she went to Wesley Girls’ Senior High School in Cape Coast for her O and A Levels.
Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu joined the Ghana Armed Forces at the age of 18 in 1978. It is believed that they were only two females during their intake in 1978 but the other lady eventually quit the course after a short while.
However, Emefa managed to stay on and was eventually commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on April 25, 1980 after training for 18 months at the Ghana Military Academy. In 1999, Emefa joined the Forces Pay Regiment as a commanding officer.
But before her rise to commanding officer at the Forces Pay Regiment, she was deployed to UNIFIL in 1994 and 1998. She was also later deployed in 2007 to MONUSCO and UNMIL in 2009.
Before becoming the first female brigadier general of the Ghana Armed Forces, she served as the Deputy Military Adviser of the Permanent Mission in the New York from 2013 to 2016, which was also the first time a woman occupied that position.
Emefa later received a promotion on March 7, 2016 to the rank of a Brigadier General in the Ghana Armed Forces, becoming the first ever female brigadier general in Ghana. She also became the Deputy Force Commander in MINURSO in 2019.
She was duly recognized by President Nana Akufo Addo in 2017 and was named the African Union (A. U) Gender Champion.
Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu was married to Fred Afenu who was an army officer and together had three children.
She unfortunately passed on in January 2022 after a short illness.