Meloday Millicent Danquah: The First Female Ghanaian Pilot

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Melody Danquah was born in Larteh, in Akuapem, on the 6th of January 1937 to Mr.Ibinijah Rexford Addo-Danquah, who was an illustrious Court Registrar and Arbitrator of Larteh.Her mother was called Selina Gyamfi.

 She was the sixth of the 10 siblings.Danquah had her education at the Methodist Primary and Middle school in Larteh and Wesley Girls Senior High School in Cape Coast.She is also a product of the Government Secretarial School.

She was chosen among the first three women towards the end of 1963 to be trained into the Ghana Air Force as female pilots.She made the grade successfully and the subsequent military trainings at the Ghana Military Academy.

On June 22nd 1964, Flight.Cadet Danquah flew solo for the first time in a “de Havilland Canada” DHC-1 Chipmunk aircraft, becoming the first Ghanaian to fly an aeroplane alone.She received her Wings qualifying her as a pilot from Mr.Kofi Baako who was the Minister of Defence on 15th of April 1965.She ended her flying career in June 1968 and began to do some administrative work in the Force.

In 1984, she was discharged because of her health.She received a Long Service award and “The Efficiency Medal”.After she retired from the military, she worked for the “World Food Programme” for a short period and then worked as the National Service Secretariat.At the age of 60, she earned a Diploma in Bible Studies and Theology and began to preach to the military audiences.She later joined the Board of Directors for the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration(GIMPA).

Her name was mentioned by Mrs. Rebeca Akufo-Addo, the first lady of Ghana during the 2017 International Women’s Day celebrations for being an inspiration to women.She was honored with “The Companion of the Order” of the Volta in 2006, by President John Agyekum Kufuor for being a courageous pacesetter.

Melody Millicent Danquah died on 18th March, 2016.

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