A Short History Yaa Asantewaa Past Girls Association

For years the need for an association of all past students of Yaa Asantewaa Secondary School domiciled in the United Kingdom and Ireland had engaged the thoughts of many of us.

The first steps towards this goal was taken in 1984, when Lititia Anson and some of our members, in a more determined mood met to discuss the issue. Unfortunately, it never went beyond this stage as their enthusiasm faded.

Exactly three years after, in May 1992, the need for the formation of the association became more imperative. This was born out of several reasons;

  • A realisation that having got where we were as individuals’ through the educational and other facilities of Yaa Asantewaa Secondary School, the least we could do was to pay back our dues. Where appropriate support the school.
  • The exciting prospect of meeting friends we had not seen for years, to reminisce and to catch up on what we had missed.
  • To support each other in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Following a lot of underground work, the preliminary meeting took place at the residence of Vivian Oppon, one of our members, on Bank holiday, 29th August 1993. This meeting was attended by eleven past students.

At the next meeting held on 26th September 1993, twenty-one members were registered and an interim Executive Committee members elected. Rosina Ransford (Donko) helped us secure a permanent meeting venue at the Methodist Church Hall on Camberwell Road in South London.

In the relatively short period of 2 years, the association has made giant strides towards achieving its goal. This has been made possible through the efforts of so many of our members notably Agnes Opoku Brobby whose sense of responsibility and determination is commendable.

However, its members diminished and became dormant for a decade. This was revived in September 2015 after consolidating the 70s, 80s and the 90s year groups. It is now one of the most influential and well attended Association with other 70 active members and still growing. This was made possible by a few of the girls after hearing of the success of Adehye USA’s Inauguration. In July 2015 Adehye Christina Obeng and Priscella Oteng approached the current President Naana (Mercy) Adu to revive the Association. In August 2015, the 80s group which consisted of Adehye Patience Gyasi, Benedicta Osei-Prempeh, Allana Obiri Yebaoh, Stella Anderson and a few others from the 90s group, who were Philipa Yeboah, Becky Asamoah, Stella Asante and Akua Nyako agreed to come together to form the current Association and in September 2015, the Association was re-established.

The next step was approaching our elders, 60s year group to join and after considering our proposition they agreed that it will be good if we can all come under one umbrella and form a UK Association.

In October 2015 an Executive Committee were elected and the Association is now approaching its 3rd anniversary and is now planning its first major event, after successfully organising a Valentine’s Party in February 2017.

At present the Yaa Asantewaa Alma Mater in UK, USA and Ghana are continuing to support the School.

Our aim, is empowering girls and making their education priority, emphasising on social injustice against woman, breaking the glass ceiling and instilling in our young women that they too can be brave and courageous as Yaa Asantewaa by taking their own destiny in their hands.

For this reason we will raise funds and support the School in any way that we can. The Association will held its Annual Fundraising Dinner Dance in aid of young girls in deprived areas in Ghana and also support the plight of British girls’ in gang related crimes.

The Fundraising event will be held on:

Venue: The Tower (Guoman) Hotel, London Bridge, London E1W 1LD
Date: Saturday 7th July 2018
Time: 6:30 pm – 1:00 am

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Fundraising event held at The Tower (Guoman) Hotel, London Bridge, London E1W 1LD, on Saturday 7th July 2018 (more…)