The story of Mrs Rosamond Nkansah , Ghana’s first policewoman will be incomplete without a mention of her struggles that saw the liberation of women in the service.
MyNewsGh.com gathered from official sources that hitherto this, any woman who got pregnant or married was dismissed from the service until she fought to ensure that this trend was reversed.
Policewomen from then, could bear children and embark on
maternity leave through the incessant struggles of the woman who turned 90 on
Sunday January 20, 2020.
Who is Mrs Rosamond
Nkansah then PW/I Rosamond Asiamah
PW/I Rosamond Asiamah enlisted into the Gold Coast Police
Force on 1st September 1952 at the age 22. The Force had hitherto been male
dominated since 1894.
Dr Kwame Nkrumah then in charge of Government Business saw
the need for the inclusion of women into the Police Force. He gave his assent
to the innovation of recruiting women, which became the nucleus of a new branch
of the Force.
She was a holder of Senior Cambridge and Teacher’s
Certificate “A” and taught briefly before joining the Police Force.
She passed out in December 1952 after three months intensive training with 11
In an address by Dr Nkrumah who passed them out in, I
quote” I am sure that when you leave this Training Depot to take up your
duties in Accra, you will maintain the
high reputation of the Force which you now belong.As the first woman Police,
you have an even greater responsibility; you will be establishing a tradition
which will be followed by all your successors.” And they truly exhibited those qualities and
lived by them throughout their years in the service.
She was appointed PW/C3. She had successive promotions and
in the same year earned promotion to the rank of PW/C2 and Ag/Cpl to maintain
Supt/Accra Region on 19th May 1953 had the following written
about her: “The above named P/woman appointed Ag/Cpl on 1st December 1952. She
had performed all her duties connected with her office intelligently and
efficiently and has shown herself to be a capable prosecutor in Juvenile Court.
She has also taken a keen interest in all branches of general police work with
which she is now familiar. A fair disciplinarian at present but making good
progress in what may be considered as an unusual role for a woman. I recommend
she be confirmed in the rank of corporal.”
In 1953, she together with PW/11 / Late Elizabeth Lamptey,
Madam Fathia’s bodyguard, travelled to Liberia in the company of Dr Kwame
Nkrumah as security personnel at the invitation of President Tubman.
In 1954 she attended a six months and instructors course at
Police Training Centre, Mill Meece, Staffordshire, UK with the Late PW/5(
Otelia Dekowski). The course was to equip them with skills to be later imparted
to their counterparts and service personnel.
She was promoted to PW/Sgt on 1st December 1954. She resigned on 16th May 1958 having served for 5 years and 9 months in the Force. It is on record that during their time, they were forbidden to marry or become pregnant and were compelled to resign when they wanted to marry or get pregnant.
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It was PW/1 who petitioned and the clause was removed allowing those who had resigned to be reinstated. After resignation, as professional teacher, she taught at the St John’s Grammar School from 1961-4. She joined GBC in 1965 and was in charge of school broadcasting programmes for a year. She retired and became a full-time housewife trading in building materials until she retired from active service in 1999 and devoted her time to writing books, translating words in her book, octagon, into both foreign languages and local dialects.