The National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) began way back 1993. Since then, the Programme which is meant to promote the study of the Science and Mathematics has featured some hardworking Mistresses.
WHO IS THE FIRST NSMQ MISTRESS?
The first National Science and Maths Quiz Mistress was the late Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Prof. Marian Ewurama was Quiz Mistress for the National Science and Maths Quiz from 1993 to 2000.
In 1993/94, during the planning of a televised quiz programme on Science, she was asked to be the Quiz Mistress, where she could not say No”
In a memoirs rewards, Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy said, she was interested in females becoming scientists and this was an opportunity to invite the young ones to become scientist.
She thought this was the most effective way of being a role model. No doubt she steered the National Science and Maths Quiz in such a fine manner.
As a recognition of her contribution to promoting the study of Science and Mathematics amongst girls through the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), Prof. Marian Addy was named the Marketing Woman of the year by the Chartered Institute of Marketing in 1995.
WHEN WAS PROF. MARIAN EWURAMA ADDY BORN?
Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy was born on 7th February, 1942 at Nkawkaw, Gold Coast.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION OF PROF. MARIAN EWURAMA ADDY
Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy had her education at St Monica’s Secondary School in Mampong-Ashanti from January 1956 to June 1960 where she excelled in sports and obtained her ‘O’ and ‘A’ level certificates.
She also attended the Holy Child Girls’ School in Cape Coast.
Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy earned her Bachelor’s Degree with first class honours in botany with chemistry from the University of Ghana, Legon and later obtained a Master’s Degree and a doctorate in biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University.
CAREER OF PROF. MARIAN EWURAMA ADDY
1. Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy has reached the rank of full professor of biochemistry at the University of Ghana.
3. She retired in 2002 as a Professor of Biochemistry.
4. Prof. was the Chairperson for the Policy Committee on Developing Countries (PCDC).
5. She chaired the National Board for Professional and Technicians Examinations (NABPTEX).
6. The first NSMQ Mistress served as the Program Director for the Accra-based Science Education Programme for Africa (SEPA), a Pan African programme for pre-tertiary science education in the 1970s.
7. She has served on the Kwami Committee, a technical committee on polytechnic education set up by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), to study and recommend policies to assist the Ghanaian government in supporting polytechnic education.
8. In 1994, she was also a member of a 4-member UNDP team of consultants in Ghana tasked with formulating a National Action Program for Science and Technology Development.
9. She was a board member of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission from 1996 to 1998 and served as a member of WHO Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine, and worked as an advisor to the International Foundation for Science, in Stockholm, Sweden
10. She was the Founder and First Executive Secretary of Western Africa Network of Natural Products Research Scientists (WANNPRES), which was established in February 2002.
11. She had extensive experience in both basic and applied science, lecturing to undergraduate, post-graduate, dental and medical students at the University of Ghana, Legon and subsequently at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington DC.
12. In January 2008, Addy was appointed as the first President of the Anglican University College of Technology, a technology initiative in higher education.
13. Together with her two sisters, Jane and Elizabeth, she instituted an Award for the “Best Girl” at her alma mater, St Monica’s Secondary School.
14. The Ghanaian government appointed her an Officer of the Order of the Volta for her contributions to science and girl-child education.
PERSONAL LIFE OF PROF. MARIAN EWURAMA ADDY
Marian Ewurama Addy was married to Ebenezer Charles Oko Addy, a sociologist and former athlete who won a gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. The couple had two daughters, Naa Lamiley Addy-Sadowsky and Lamiokor Esi Addy.
AWARDS AND HONOURS RECEIVED BY PROF. MARIAN EWURAMA ADDY
1. Shell Prize, awarded by the Shell Company, Ghana Ltd, to the top six candidates who passed the General Certificate of Examinations, “A” Level, 1962
2. McCallien Prize, awarded to the best student in Volta Hall, the female hall of residence, 1963.
3. Waddell Prize, awarded to the best science student, 1962–66
4. California Prize, awarded by the Chemistry Department, University of Ghana, to the best freshman in Chemistry, 1962–63
5. Fellow, African Graduate Fellowship Program (AFGRAD) of the African-American Institute, 1966–71.
6. Fellow of the International Seminar in Chemistry, at Uppsala University, Uppsala Sweden, 1985–86.
7. Fulbright African Senior Scientist Award in 1990.
8. CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year, in 1995, for marketing Science.
9. The Africa-America Institute’s Distinguished Alumna for Excellence in 1998.
10. UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science in 1999.
11. The Millennium Excellence Award for Educational Development in 1999.
12. Inducted as a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999.
13. National Award by the Enterprise Insurance Company Limited on the occasion of their 75th anniversary in 1999, for “invaluable contribution to educating Ghana’s children and for creating enthusiasm in Mathematics and the Sciences”
BOOKS WRITTEN BY PROF. MARIAN EWURAMA ADDY
Condensation of free [alpha]-amino acids as a pro-biological polymerization system (1971)
Instructor’s Manual (1980) co-authored with Ebenezer Laing and Carol Markwei, Putting Science into the Art of Healing with Herbs:
From Smoked-drum Kymograph to ELISA (2003), Training the Next Generation of Scientists (2004)
Rewards: An Autobiography (2011).
DEMISE OF PROF. MARIAN EWURAMA ADDY
ON 14 January 2014, Marian Ewurama Addy, the first Quiz Mistress of the National Science and Maths Quiz (1993- 2000) and the first woman professor of Science from the University of Ghana died at the Age of 72 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness. May her Gentle soul rest in Glory. Amen