In a solemn gathering at Peduase in the Eastern Region of Ghana, the one-week observation rites for the late former First Lady, Theresa Kufuor, are underway.
The event has drawn numerous distinguished political and non-political figures who have come together to pay their respects and share in the mourning with ex-President Kufuor.
Among the dignitaries present are President Nana Akufo-Addo, accompanied by First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and his wife, Samira Bawumia.
The venue is also graced by influential personalities, including Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Roads Minister Amoako Atta, and notable NPP politicians such as Sammi Awuku, Richard Anane, and Chief of Staff Frema Opare.
Noteworthy at the gathering was the presence of former NPP presidential candidate Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, who has transitioned into an independent candidate as the leader of the Movement for Change.
The event was not limited to political figures, as celebrities like former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan, businessman Freedom Jacob Caesar, musician Akosua Agyapong, and many otthers also attended to pay their respects.
Theresa Kufuor, the wife of Ghana’s second President of the Fourth Republic, John Agyekum Kufuor, passed away peacefully at her home in Peduase, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, October 1. She was 87 years old.
Born on October 25, 1935, Theresa Kufuor was not only the First Lady of Ghana for eight years between 2001 and 2009 but also a highly respected retired nurse and midwife. Her educational journey took her from the Catholic Convent, OLA, in Keta, Volta Region, Ghana, to London, where she earned her qualifications as a Registered General Nurse. She furthered her studies at renowned institutions like the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford and Paddington General Hospital in London, becoming a State Certified Midwife with a Certificate in Premature Nursing.
Her dedication to public service was not limited to her role as First Lady. In 2007, she advocated for significant policy changes in the Government’s white paper on Educational Reforms, particularly focusing on the implementation of UNESCO’s Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) program for kindergarten children. Moreover, she founded the Mother and Child Community Development Foundation (MCCDF), a non-governmental organization operating in Ghana and Canada, dedicated to preventing mother-to-child transmission.
Theresa Kufuor, a devout Roman Catholic, married John Kufuor in 1962 at the age of 23. Together, they raised five children and enjoyed the blessings of eight grandchildren.
In her role as First Lady and beyond, Theresa Kufuor maintained a low profile in the political arena but left an indelible mark through her advocacy, compassion, and dedication to improving the lives of others. The dignitaries and attendees at her one-week observation rites stand as a testament to the impact she made on the nation and its people.