Get to know Late Brigadier General Constance Ama Emefa Edjeani-Afenu, the first female Brigadier General of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Constance Ama Emefa Edjeani-Afenu grew up in Tamale, and attended Kamina Barracks Primary and Armed Forces Experimental in Kumasi before studying for O-levels and A-levels at Wesley Girls’ Senior High School in Cape Coast.
Her father was in the Ghana Armed Forces as well as her two other siblings who are late now. Due to her father’s career as a soldier, Constance Ama Emefa Edjeani-Afenu joined the Ghana Armed Forces when she was 18.
She was the only female to enroll In a course at Ghana Military Academy after the other female left after a few weeks. After 18 months of regular training at the Ghana Military Academy, she was comissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 25th April 1980.
She served as a Platoon Commander at the 2nd Battalion of Infantry in 1980 for her regimental training after which she was posted as Platoon Commander and Adjutant to the 3rd Border Guards Battalion from 1981 to 1982 on completion of her regular military training.
Brigadier General Constance Ama Emefa Edjeani-Afenu was later appointed General Staff Officer Grade 3 (Training, and Personnel Staff Officer) at the Border Guards Headquarters from 1983 to 1984 and as Adjutant at the Border Guards Training School, Kpetoe in 1984.
She was at the Junior Division of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, in the early 1990s. She worked as a Second in Command of the Ghana Armed Forces Pay Regiment and in 1999 was appointed Commanding Officer of the same regiment.
Brigadier General Constance Ama Emefa Edjeani-Afenu worked as a Service Financial Controller at the Naval Headquarters, Director, Audit at the Defence Financial Controller -General Headquarters and also Director of Pay & Accounts.
She also participated in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations in The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon(UNIFIL) in the years 1994 and 1998 respectively, United Nations Mission In The Democratic Republic of the Congo(MONUSCO based on its french name) in 2007 and The United Nations Mission in Liberia(UNMIL) 2009.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Practice from the Paris Graduate School of Management, Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Certificate in Public Administration; Certificate in Budgeting and Financial Management, both from GIMPA and Certificate in Wealth Creation from the Swiss eLearning Institute.
In 2013, She became the first woman to be appointed Deputy Military Adviser (DMILAD) at the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations(UN), New York till 2016.
She was promoted in March 2016 to the rank of Brigadier-General, becoming the first female to be ever promoted as a General in the Ghana Armed Forces whilst serving as Deputy Military Adviser(DMILAD).
In 2017, The African Union (A.U.) Gender champion for 2017 was conferred on her by the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Constance Emefa Ama Edjeani was married to Fred Afenu, an army officer; they had three children.
On 24th January 2022, the first female Brigadier General of the Ghana Armed Forces, Constance Emefa Ama Edjeani-Afenu passed on at the 37 Military Hospital after a short illness.