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Naa Dedei: All you need to know about the woman on Ghana’s 50 pesewas coin

Rebecca Naa Dedei Aryeetey, born in 1923 Was A Ghanaian Businesswoman, Political Activist And A Feminist.

Rebecca Naa Dedei Aryeetey
Rebecca Naa Dedei Aryeetey

She Was Popularly Known For Her Flour Business In Ghana And Was Very Wealthy. Naa Was A Very Close Friend Of Nkrumah, Very Popular And Was The Chief Financier Of Nkrumah’s Party. Naa Dedei Campaigned And Supported Nkrumah Against Her Own Kinsman, Odartey Lamptey And As Such, Generated More Haters For Herself.

She Mobilized All The Market Women At Accra And They Voted Massively For Nkrumah. She Accompanied Nkrumah To A Gathering At Ho In The Volta Region Where She Was Poisoned With Food And Died. She Died Childless.

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The Ghanaian 50 pesewas coin

Naa Invested All She Has In The CPP Party. She Brought The Idea Of Bringing Doubled-Decker Transport Buses To Accra With The Help Of An American Friend. That’s Why Those Buses Were Named After Her “Auntie Dedei”. Naa Was Honoured And She Was Placed On Ghana’s 50 Pesewas Coin.

Source: Kojo Odehe and wikipedia



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