Her Royal Majesty Dr. Nana Ama Amissah III
NanaAmaAmissah III is an eminent traditional ruler and leader of the Mankessim Traditional area in the central region of Ghana.She was enstooled on the 2nd of July 1994 as Omanhemaa (Traditional Queen) and the occupant of the Edu royal family Stool of the Mankessim Traditional area in the central region of Ghana with a royal title of “Nanahemaa”, which means “the Queen mother”.Before occupying the stool as Nanahemaa, she was a renowned trader within the Mankessim traditional area trading in salted fish, a skill she learnt from her late mother from 1984 through to 1994.Nanahemaaholds an “O” level certificate from AssinManso senior secondary school from 1981 through to 1985 were she studied business.
As traditional ruler, she combines the dual roles of administration and adjudication; mobilizing her people for development and settling disputes among them, chairing and sitting on various judicial committees with original and appellate jurisdiction on all matters affecting chieftaincy at the regional and national levels.
Nanahemaa has remarkably strengthened the Mankessim Traditional Council as alocal institution for the prosperity of the people. Shehas enhanced the unity of the queen mothers and people of Mankessim
Traditional State by playing a key role in the organization of the annual BorborMfantseAmansieAfahye festival with a mission of “development in unity for the welfare of the people”. The festival is one instrument to mobilize the people, especially the youth, regarding their origins, migration, tradition and customs and to serve as a cultural and tourist attraction of the people of Ghana and elsewhere. Collaborating with the paramount of the area, Osagyefo Amanfo Edu VI, an award scheme has been instituted to reward outstanding teachers, students and exceptionally performing schools within the calendar year as part of the festival celebrations.Nanahemaa has also partnered with a number of organizations to provide free medical screening/examination for locals during festival celebrations. The most recent being a partnership with Sinapi Aba microfinance company to provide free breast cancer screening for women in the traditional area.
In 2005, Nanahemaa spearheaded the formation of the Central Regional Queen Mothers Association with just six queens. She had the honor of leading the association as interim president until 2011 when she was formally elected the pioneer president of this noble association of eminent queen mothers for a four year term. Under her leadership, the total membership has grown from six queens to 250 registered queen mothers by August 2015.
Nanahemaain December 2013 facilitated the release of GHC 44,000 in loans from Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), an initiative of the government of Ghana, for forty-five (45) queen mothers in the central region to support their business ventures. With her influence,Nanahemaa has also been able to invite some agencies to periodically organize training workshops on leadership and capacity building for members of the association to equip them to effectively lead their respective communities. These workshops also provide platforms for members to meet potential development partners and agencies that can help champion development in their respective communities.
As president of the Central Regional Queen Mothers Association,Nanahemaa was appointed the sole representative of the women traditional leaders from thecentral region at the National Council of Women Traditional Leaders in 2011 where she has been playing a very influential role in the health committee of the council.Having served as a member of the National Council of Women Traditional Leaders for four years, Nanahemaa was elected the national treasurer of this council on the 23rd of June 2015.
After over two decades of service and immense contribution to the development of the Mankessim traditional area and the central region at large, Nanahema was appointed as a council member of the Cape Coast polytechnic nominated by the government on the 8th of October 2014. As a council member she has served on the development committee, where together with her committee members have put up a new auditorium complex, successfully implemented a water improvement project by providing four 10,000 litre capacity tanks and drilling of boreholes. They were also able to put up a community based school clinic to serve the health needs of the school and communities around. Apart from building a new polytechnic SRC hostel and renovating an existing hostel to ease the accommodation challenges of the school, the committee also put up a new polytechnic crèche.Nanahemaa is currently part of the search committee of the polytechnic to recruit a competent registrar for the institution.
Since March 2015, Nanahemaa has also been serving on the UN initiative REDD+ as a member of the subworking committee in the Mankessim Traditional area aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation which mostly occurs through agricultural expansion, conversion to pastureland, infrastructure development, destructive logging, fires etc. Her role is to champion conservation, sustainable management of forest and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
Nanahemaa has served on a number of important boards notable amongst them is board member of Mercy Women Hospital at Mankessim, board member of Obama College inMankessim and board of advisors of Dream Laboratory Consult in Cape Coast. As a board of Obama College, she successfully facilitated the release fourteen plots of land to enable the school put up a permanent campus. The school was also able to establish a fully furnished ICT center to augment the studies of ICT and now ranked among the best high schools within the Mankessim Traditional area.
Due to Nanahemaa’s love for women empowerment and girl child development, she founded the LEAF foundation in 2010 as a registered nongovernmental organization. LEAF foundation focuses on health advocacy for women and children through public health education in schools, churches, youth groupings and during special occasions.LEAF foundation led by Nanahemaais collaborating with Hope For Future Generations (HFFG), a nongovernmental organization to promote accountability and transparency as well as creating demand for quality Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) issues affecting the Central region as a whole. This is to ensure that couples understand their reproductive system, how it works, where and when to receive information about SRH and Fistula, especially the men so as to assist their wives and Adolescent children. The platform is also used to promote and demonstrate the usage of both male and female condoms. Nanahemaaalso supported this campaign in June 2015 by canvassing financial support for Fistula patients and also donated mattresses and clothes to the health facilities that provided healthcare to these patients.
Nanahemaa is also currently an executive director/co-founder of the Foundation for Women in Sports (FOWIS), a nongovernmental organization that advances the lives of women through sports and physical activities. The foundation is thrilled to serve and represent women in sports by helping girls from all walks of life understand the importance of sports and getting involved. FOWIS empower women to participate in sporting activities whiles ensuring they obtain formal education. Notable among the beneficiaries of the support of FOWIS are key players of the junior female national team of Ghana. Thesebeneficiaries receive both financial and material support to enable them fully participate in these activities. In October 2014, FOWIS donated sports equipment to some female teams in Accra under the leadership of Nanahemaa.
Since 26th November 2015, Nanahemaa has being serving as a board member of Malibban Population Network Ghana (MAPnet Ghana), a population data collection oriented NGO in the central region.
Nanahemaa has had the opportunity of attending a number training programmes to enhance her leadership skills. Notable amongst them being, a workshop in Conflict management, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Gender Perspective organized by West African Dispute Resolution Centre (WADREC) in partnership with the United States Embassy of Ghana on the 4th of August in 2006.
For her immense contribution to traditional leadership in the central region and Ghana at large and the empowerment of women in her traditional area, Nanahemaa was given an honorary award as a Leading Innovative Woman by the Ministry of Women and Children (MOWAC)in partnership with Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network (GWIIN) and Pan African Women Inventors and Innovators Network (PAWIIN) in 2012.
The Mfantseman students union conferred onNanahemaa the Mfantseman Youth Award in the category of cultural excellence on 27th November 2015. She was also given a citation of shield of honour. Other recipients of the award included His excellency John AgyekumKuffour, former president of Ghana, in the category of political excellence.
Also, in recognition of her invaluable contribution to the development of her traditional area and the welfare of her people, Nanahemaa has also received numerous citations from companies and associations notable amongst them being, Medical Laboratory Technology Students’ Association of the University of Cape Coast, Dream Laboratory Consult and the Central Regional Queen Mothers Association.
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