Unmasking the Identity of the Mysterious Woman on Ghana School’s Note Book 1” (The 1st Woman To Graduate From Gold Coast)


Mrs. Charity Zormelo Fiawoo was born in Keta in the Volta Region in 1904. She was the first woman to graduate on the Gold Coast and the first woman from English-speaking West African countries to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree. She was the daughter of Godfred Nyavor Zormelo, a former North German Mission employee and fishing business proprietor, and Patience Abolitsi Dzokotoe. Victoria Zormelo-Gorleku was her younger half-sister.

She started her elementary education at African Methodist Episcopal Zion School. After completing in 1919, She became a teacher before traveling to the United States for Borden Town High School and also continued in the Hampton Institute to study Home Economics.

Charity returned to Ghana and became a teacher at Mmofraturo Girls Boarding School in Kumasi. She again moved to teach at the new African University College in Anloga. She influenced a lot of people during her teaching years. She traveled with her husband Ferdinand Kwasi Fiwoo throughout Gold Coast and Togoland. They used the play entitled “Tɔkɔ Atɔlia” to educate people.

Intending to return to the United States to continue study, Charity Zormelo Fiawoo died aged 41 on 14 October 1945.
Historians believe she is the portrait on the Ghana Schools Exercise Book Note 1 cover.

Source: our Heritage TV



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