Sarah Adwoa Safo: Ghana’s first female Deputy Majority Leader

 

Born on December 28, 1981 in Bekwai in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Lawyer Sarah Adwoa Safo is the daughter of Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Safo, one of the celebrated industrialist and philanthropist in Ghana.

 

Adwoa was a home-tutored student for both her primary and secondary school. Her father, Apostle Safo, hired experienced teachers to teach her daughter from home. She did her GCE in 1998 and passed with A-level grades.

 

Adwoa went to the University of Ghana, Legon to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Law. She graduated in 2004 at the age of 22 years being the youngest ever-graduated student from the University Of Ghana School Of Law at the time.

 

She then proceeded to do her Master’s degree (L.L.M) at the George Washington University School of Law in the United States of America (USA). She graduated in 2005. She returned home late 2005, after a brief working experience in Washington DC.

 

Before she joined politics early 2013, Adwoa had been an active lawyer fighting for Ghanaian citizens and other countries in Africa. After her Master’s programme in the USA, she worked for a while, and then later founded the Public Procurement Authority. When she returned home, she worked as a mediator in the mediation committee for the board of Ghana’s Legal Aid. She was the first legal officer at the Ghana Public Procurement Authority. She did a number of things, which led to the formation of complaints panels that consequently resulted in changing the public procurement board to Public Procurement Authority.

 

She was first elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome-Kwabenya Constituency in the Greater Accra Region in 2012 on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

 

She was re-elected in 2016. Currently, Adwoa Safo is a Minister of State in charge of Procurement under the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and also the deputy Majority Leader in Parliament.

 

She is among the most successful female politicians in Ghana today. She is a single parent with two children.

 

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