Joan Of Arc – MADAM THEODOSIA OKOH
She was born as Theodosia Salome Abena Kumea Asihene to the Very Rev. E.V Asihene, a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and Madam Dora Asihene, both from Anum in the Asuogyaman District of Ghana’. She was the fourth of eight children.
Born on the 13th June, 1922. She was a Ghanaian Stateswoman, teacher and artist known for designing the Ghana Flag in 1957. She started School at Ashanti Effiduasi Primary School, continued to the Basel Mission Middle Schools in Agogo and then Achimota School, where she received three years of training in Fine Arts. When on Ghana’s Independence from Britain the need for a new flag was advertised, she submitted her design which was adopted as the national flag of Ghana.
She was the wife of The Late Mr. Enoch Okoh, Secretary to Kwame Nkrumah’s Cabinet in the 1960’s. She had three children, E. Kwasi Okoh, Stanley Kwame Okoh and Theodosia Amma Jones-Quartey. She was the first female Chairperson of the Ghana Hockey Association.
She was the Vice Chairperson at the time Ghana won the first Africa Hockey Championship (1974) and qualified to the World Cup in 1975. She was the pioneer in the development of Women’s Hockey in Ghana in the late 70’s. She helped to secure the current location of the National Hockey Stadium. She played a role in the development of Hockey in Ghana. She was named the ‘Joan of Arc’ of Ghana Hockey by the then Sports Minister, Ohene Djan because of her enormous contribution to Ghana Hockey. Its one of the reasons the Hockey Stadium was named after her in 2004. She was a longtime patron for the Ghana Sports Writer’s Association of Ghana. She died on the 19th April, 2015.
She was awarded the Grand medal by the nation, an a number of awards from other institutions in the country. She received a citation from the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and the National Sports Awards in 2004.
In light of all these, she is worth honouring. CIIS Hockey Fiesta upholds your tireless and selfless life lived in promoting the game of Hockey.