While the limelight has been placed on the likes of Dr Kwame Nkrumah for his role in Ghana’s fight for political independence, there were hundreds of exuberant and passionate Ghanaians who were working in the background to make everything possible.
Now, who is Rebecca Naa Dedei Aryeetey? How did she qualify to be placed on Ghana’s 50 pesewas currency coin? Was the “Auntie Dedei” bus named after her?
Rebecca Naa Dedei Aryeetey was born in the Gold Coast in 1923 and died on 22nd June 1961. She was a Ghanaian businesswoman, political activist and feminist. Rebecca Naa Dedei Aryeetey was a very wealthy woman and was known popularly for her flour business.
Because of her wealth, she moved into politics and campaigned and supported Kwame Nkrumah.
In fact, Rebecca Naa Dedei Aryeetey was the Chief Financier of Nkrumah’s Convention Peoples Party (CPP) which was formed in 1949 after he broke away from the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) founded by George Paa Grant in 1947. She was a Ga and was expected to support her fellow Kinsman, Odartey Lamptey which she did not. An initiative that generated much hate for her from the Ga community. They feel she had to support one of her own and not Nkrumah.