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Docia Angelina Naki Kisseih the woman on the old ¢100 banknote

By Mutala Yakubu
Docia Angelina Naki Kisseih
Docia Angelina Naki Kisseih
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Remember the old ¢100 banknote?

Docia Angelina Naki Kisseih is the lady whose picture was embossed on the legal tender.

Born on August 13, 1919, in Odumase, Naki Kisseih was the first Ghanaian Chief Nursing Officer after British colonial rule ended.

In 1961 she was made Chief Nursing Officer of the newly independent Ghana: her job title inherited from the earlier British system

Her pioneering efforts developed nursing education and practice in Ghana.

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She became the first nurse in Ghana with a doctorate degree which she obtained from Boston University in 1981 while lecturing at the University Of Ghana Department Of Nursing (between 1975 & 1981).

She was honoured by the state in 1984 and in 1986, Naki Kisseih’s portrait was put on the ¢100 banknote.

She is the founder and first president of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA). She also served on the National Health Planning Committee and the Nurses and Midwives Board.

Her honorary degree was conferred ceremonially at Naki Kisseih's home because of her frailty and she died later that month, on August 2008.

In 2015, the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA) instituted a series of lectures to be called the Dr Docia Kisseih Memorial Lectures.