Ghana’s first female Brigadier General, Constance Edjeani-Afenu, has died on Monday, January 24, 2022 at the 37 military Hospital after a short illness.
She entered the Ghana Armed Forces at the age of 18 and was one of only two female students in her intake.
After 18 months of training at Ghana Military Academy, she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 25 April 1980.
In the early 1990s, she was at the Junior Division of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College but later joined the Forces Pay Regiment as a commanding officer in 1999.
Brigadier General Constance Edjeani-Afenu was appointed to serve as the Deputy Military Adviser of the Permanent Mission in the New York, making her the first woman to occupy that position.
On 7 March 2016, she was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, the highest position ever occupied by a female in the Ghana Armed Forces.
The UN later in 2019 appointed her as the Deputy Force Commander in MINURSO.
Brigadier General Constance Edjeani-Afenu was awarded the African Union (A.U.) Gender champion for 2017 by the president of Ghana,Nana Akufo-Addo.
She also won Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo’s “First Lady’s Award on International Women’s Day in 2019.