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HomeEducationThe lady-in-waiting: Emma Florence Yaa Adinyira Amedahe

The lady-in-waiting: Emma Florence Yaa Adinyira Amedahe

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Emma Florence Yaa Adinyira Amedahe was the personal assistant to Ghana’s then-first lady Fathia Nkrumah when Ghana gained its independence from the British in 1957. She was recommended by Governor-General Lord Listowel who served the country between 1958 and 1960 to the First family.

Emma recently spoke to a news outlet about the ordeal she went through when the 1966 coup d’etat began which was organized by Major General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka.

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According to her, the military which took over the seat of government abused her mercilessly. She was beaten, burned with a lighter, and her belongings were stolen. She was the only woman who stayed on the premises when the coup began. She was dragged, stumped upon, laughed at, and eventually, she was burnt.

“They will make you carry your belongings on you head and you will walk to their vehicle and drop your belongings, it was horrible and I was traumatized by the events that transpired”, said Emma.

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She also recalled the friendly relationship she had with the then first family, especially the then First lady, Fathia Nkrumah:

Madam(Fathia Nkrumah) took her to the children’s room the first day she reported for work but she wasn’t assigned to anything yet. She bought storybooks for the children, Gamai and Samuel. After a month, she was asked by the First lady to be in charge of her room, that’s the cleaning. She became very close to the First lady to the point where she became her hairstylist when her previous hairstylist Joseph, did an unsatisfactory job one time. She made Joseph trained her for three months to know the basics of hairstyling.

Emma also recounted some interesting secrets the first lady shared with her; Dr. Kwame Nkrumah didn’t like her and he was a womanizer. She went to Egypt together with the First Lady to visit her family members.

Emma Florence Yaa Adinyira Amedahe believes claims about Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as a dictator was a fallacy. She said Nkrumah was down to earth and even spoke with the staff in their native language rather than Queen’s language.

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