February 2011

Political Profile: Hanna Tetteh

Ever wondered who was responsible for formulating policy on Trade and Business growth within Ghana?  Probably not eh?

Well anyway meet Hon. Hanna Tetteh one of the most influential women in Ghana, serving as Minister for Trade and Industry in the Current NDC government.

A Legal Practitioner by profession was born on 31st May, 1967 at Szged Hungary.

Ms Tetteh, who hails from Awutu Senya, attended Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast from 1978 to 1985.  She entered the University of Ghana in 1986 and obtained a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree in 1989.Between 1989 and 1992 she studied at the Ghana Law School, Accra and obtained a Barrister-at-Law (B.L) degree.

She also worked as a Legal Officer with the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) (1992-1993) and entered private legal practice with Ansa-Asare & Co. Hencil Chambers, Accra (1993-1994).   She was a Legal Officer with the Commission on Human Rights & Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) (March – August, 1995).

She has held the following positions with Ghana Agro Food Company Ltd. Legal Adviser (1995-1997) Human Resource & Legal Services Manager (1998-1999), Deputy General Manager, Administration & Legal (January-December, 2000) and General Manager, Administration & Legal (2005-2009).

In December 200 0She was elected as Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya Constituency on the ticket of the NDC, a position she held until 6th January, 2005.

During that period, she served on the following Parliamentary Committees:

Ranking Member & Minority Spokesperson on Gender and Children

Ranking Member – Judiciary Committee
Member – Committee on Trade Industry & Tourism
Member – Committee on Defence & Interior
Member Deputy – Committee on Finance
Member – Committee on Subsidiary Legislation

Hon Hanna Tetteh is a member of the Ghana Bar Association.

Other positions she has held are:

Member of Governing Council – Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) (2007-2008), Chairperson – Food, Beverage & Tobacco Manufacturing Sector – Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) (2007-2008)

Chairperson – Legal & Advocacy Committee – Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) (2006-2008)

Member – Advisory Board of the Institute of Social, Statistical and Economic Research (ISSER) University of Ghana, Legon (2007-2008)

Member of the Board of Directors – Awutu Emasa Rural Bank Ltd.,

Member of the Rules Committee – (Junior Member) representing the Ghana Bar Association-Responsible for the drafting of the Rules of Procedure for the Supreme Court & Court of Appeal (1993-1995)

Hon.  Hanna Tetteh was appointed Minister for Trade and Industry in February 2009 under H. E. President John Evans Atta Mills’ Government.

That is an Impressive CV Ms Tetteh has got there and is further proof of Ghanaians born outside of Ghana coming back to the country make an impact!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

MFG: Quote of the Day

“Good planning and hard work lead to success, but quick shortcuts lead to poverty.”

If the above MFG Quote of the Day has inspired you, made you realise something new or just motivated you today, please do share how your experience by posting your comment below…

Asamoah Gyan headlines Ghana Independence event

It’s that time again; Ghana will be celebrating its 54th independence on the 6th of March – The day the country pioneered a revolution in to become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain political independence in 1957. 54 years on and the country is still cited as an example of stability and steady growth.

With their tremendous success in events in the UK and Ghana such as Hiplife Festival, the Kente Dance and the annual Ghana Independence celebration, Alordia Promotions, Westcoast and DJ Abrantee in association with Choice FM are bringing you  this year’s Independence celebrations but with a surprise.

For the first time

Super Mario has swagger like Tinie Tempah at Brits

Here we have Super Mario talking in Twi. This was found brought to our attention by facebook friend Kwame Williams. If you have anything or find anything funny or interesting in relation to Ghana, do share it with us at info@mefirighana.com

Until then, Enjoy the sketch below.

Ps. Super Mario has too much Swagger. Comment below with your favourite quote in this scene

MFG: Motivational – Quote of the Day

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke

‘After Suarez handball he’s the most hated man in Ghana’

The Brian Viner Interview: The African striker didn’t sleep for a week after he missed the penalty against Uruguay, but his Sunderland goals are easing the pain

Few men have ever, in a sporting context, felt the crushing burden of hope and expectation under which Asamoah Gyan, ultimately, stumbled and fell on a July evening in Johannesburg last year.

It wasn’t just his fellow Ghanaians willing him to score the penalty that would have dealt an appropriate punishment to Luis Suarez of Uruguay (and now Liverpool), who in the last moments of extra time in the quarter-final of the World Cup had used his hands to keep out a seemingly certain winning goal, but all of

MFG: Leadership – Quote of the Day

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

MFG: Quote of the Day

Success does not depend on our circumstances, but on overcoming our circumstances…”


Top 10 Afribritish Ghanaian Boys Names

10. Jeffery

9. Clifford

8. Emmanuel

7. Benjamin

6. Samuel

5. Christopher-I know four how many do you know?

4. Jason –This was clearly the coolest name from 1986-1993

3. Daaaavid– Why do our mums and auntie’s always extend the A sound

2. Derek-Ghanaians absolutely adore Derek

1. Michael– Not only does it seem like everyone is called Michael anyway about 70% of the male Ghanaian population has been blessed with this name.

What do you think am I missing some out?

House Help… I Just Don’t Get It

It had been a while since I visited the motherland and upon my arrival I had been anticipating many things. Strangely enough one of the things playing on my mind the most was the concept of house help. It is not unusual in Africa to find hired live in helpers who essentially keep a house in order. Having grown up in London… OK OK Essex my parents taught me the importance of learning how to be a responsible young woman. Learning how to cook, do my own laundry and cleaning up after myself were some of the many values that were instilled in me and my siblings so imagine my shock when I arrived at my brand new house in Ghana and greeted by a young man who ran to the car eager to take my suitcases and handbags. After the long flight  I had endured  I can’t say I declined his advances but a huge sense of guilt came over me when I handed him my luggage and I can’t help but wonder why.

For many of our hard working parents who literally battle the hardships and struggles of living in the Western world working hard to provide a good life for their children, going back home is not only an opportunity to visit friends and family but also a chance to relax put your feet up and be looked after for a change and my mum always looks her absolute best when she’s just arrived from Ghana. Dazed and confused I asked my dad who is that young man? He explained Michael was our house help and that he was looking for work and is PAID to do odd jobs around the house, my heart sank with relief because I had always envisaged most of these people as slaves who were from deprived backgrounds working for the rich.

During the trip my guilt over took over and I just could not bring myself to allow someone to cook my food and clean my house, a massive part of African culture I just could not adapt too, even though Michael was legitimately working, treated with a huge amount of respect by my parents and being paid a decent salary for his efforts, I just couldn’t do it. I cringed and felt ashamed at eating and not washing my own dishes and would sometimes sneak into the kitchen and wash up just so Michael wouldn’t have too. In fact things became so bad I would tell Michael he could have the afternoon off when my parents went out and would prohibit him from doing some of his duties. On another occasion even I can admit I crossed the boundaries of personal space when I cleaned his room but it was nothing other than guilt and empathy that made me act like a crazed woman. I was desperate to prove I wasn’t a spoilt brat who thought I was above anybody because I live in England  I just couldn’t help myself

Living in the Western world we learn that we are just ordinary people in everyday life, we take care of ourselves and everybody is equal so the thought of someone else effectively serving me was an aspect of Ghanaian culture I could not grasp it felt alien and extremely uncomfortable for me personally. Should I have just enjoyed this unique opportunity or is it something that all Afribritish people feel when they go home, I just don’t know.

Audrey Indome