June 13: Theodosia Okoh born in 1922

 Theodosia Okoh was born on June 13, 1922 in Effiduase

Theodosia Okoh was born on June 13, 1922 in Effiduase

Theodosia Okoh was Ghana's preeminent renaissance woman of the post-colonial era. A notable stateswoman, Okoh served as the first female chairman of the Ghana Hockey Association. During her tenure as chair, Ghana qualified for both the Hockey World Cup and the Olympic Games.

In 1957 Okoh submitted a design for a new national flag which was adopted after independence was gained from Great Britain. Okoh explained, "I decided on the three colors of red, gold and green because of the geography of Ghana. Ghana lies in the tropics and blessed with rich vegetation. The color Gold was influenced by the mineral rich nature of our lands and Red commemorates those who died or worked for the country’s independence. Then the five-pointed lone star which is the symbol of African emancipation and unity in the struggle against colonialism."

Okoh passed away on April 19, 2005 in Tema at the age of 92. She left behind a legacy that lives on today in Ghana's imagery and also its institutions.