Ghana’s Best Designer, Theodosia Okoh, Passes Away At 92, She Didn’t Make Clothes But Influenced All Of Africa

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theodosia_okoh_1Madam Theodosia Okoh, the originator of the Ghanaian flag that embodied the name of our national football team the blackstars, and has also been waved on many pageant stages, and hanged all all diplimatic offices, has passed away yesterday at 92.

She was born to the Very Reverend Emmanuel Victor Asihene, a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and Madam Dora Asihene, both from Anum in the Eastern Region.

She is the fourth of eight children. She started school at Ashanti Efiduasi Primary School, continued to the Basel Mission Middle, Senior and Teacher Training Schools in Agogo and then Achimota School. She also has three children E. Kwasi Okoh, Stanley Kwame Okoh and Theodosia Amma Jones-Quartey.

 

There was an Ad in the local newspaper calling for a design of the National Flag for Ghana and she responded.

“The Flag should be original and must have motifs the many nationals can identify with” She said “I decided on the three colors of red, gold & 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 agianst colonialism.

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Why this did we label her the most important designer of all, Ghana was the first country to gain independence, prior to this all other countries had flags that either mimicked of were flags of the colonial countries. Today, every that contains a set of these colors, red, green, yellow and black in Africa was modelling and inspired of the Ghanaian flag as they continued to follow their reach for independence. Colors chosen by this lady right here.

Rest In Peace.

 

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5 comments

Sandra April 21, 2015 - 10:19 am

may her soul rest in perfect peace.

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Marie Frimpong April 21, 2015 - 10:27 am

Dwell in the bosom of the Almighty!

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Don Matthews April 21, 2015 - 12:39 pm

RIP. a job well done.

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Kofi Kofi April 21, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Thank you for our flag. rest in peace.

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Ruby latoya April 21, 2015 - 12:49 pm

till we meet again….

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