Susan Ofori-Atta -A Hidden Figure

Susan Ofori-Atta Ude-Graft Johnson (1917–1985) was a Ghanaian physician and the first female doctor in the Gold Coast.

Early life and education

Ofori-Atta was born in Kyebi in 1917. She received her primary education at Mary’s Convent at Elmina in 1921, secondary education at Achimota School in 1929. Ofori-Atta was one of the pioneer students after the college was opened in 1927, she was the head girl’s prefect in her final year and sat Cambridge School Certificate. At her tertiary level she practiced midwifery at Korle-Bu,she further continued her education at Edinburgh University Medical Schoolwhere she obtained her MB,Ch.B degree in 1949.


Ofori-Atta began her career as a midwife and then studied to become a pediatrician, making her the first female doctor in Gold Coast now known as Ghana. In 1960, she volunteered her time at a Congolese hospital that was understaffed.


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