Ghana’s 1st female police officer dies at 91

Rosamond Asiamah Nkansah
(January 3, 1930 – February 22, 2021) was the first woman to be enlisted into Ghana Police Service, then the Gold Coast Police Force.

She went to Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast and holds a Senior Cambridge and Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’.

Police Woman One (PW/1) Rosamond Asiama Nkansah was enlisted into the Gold Coast Police Force on 1 September 1952 at the age of 22. She was enlisted first together with 11 other women.

This was a time Police women were not allowed to marry or get pregnant contrary to this directive, they were compelled to resign.

After serving for five years and nine months, PW/1 Rosamond Asiamah decided to marry so she resigned, but thinking that women were not being fairly treated as their male counterparts who were allowed to marry and bear children, she decided to do something about it before leaving

Before her resignation on May 16, 1958, PW/1 Rosamond Asiama petitioned the Police Administration and the clause was removed; thus allowing women in the service to marry and bear children and causing those who had resigned to start their families to be reinstated.

After resignation, she taught at St. John’s Grammar School from 1961 to 1964 as a professional teacher because of her certification she had before being enlisted in the Gold Coast Police Service.

She joined Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in 1965 heading the School Broadcasting Programmes for a year.

She retired from active service in 1999 to primarily focus on writing books. She also translated words in her book (Octagon) into foreign and local languages.

PW/1 Rosamond Asiamah Nkansah passed on today February 22.
May she Rest in Peace.

Ignatius Agyeman Pambour –

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