10 Ghanaian geniuses who are doing amazing things abroad

Afua Hirsch

Ghana is small in terms of size. However, the country is great in terms of its capable human resource. And across the world, many Ghanaian geniuses are raising the flag of the country high with their amazing exploits.

Here 10 of such Ghanaians that you should know about:

1. Professor Nicholas Ossei-Gerning


He is a consultant interventional cardiologist at University Hospital of Wales in the UK. In June he flew into Ghana and operated on a dying friend who had been denied a visa fora heart surgery in the UK. Prof. Ossei-Gerning operated on him in a makeshift theatre and saved his life.

2. Dr Ave Kludze


He is a rocket scientist, a complex systems engineering, design expert and a senior NASA Spacecraft systems engineer.

Born in Hohoe, in the Volta Region of Ghana, Dr Kludze has held positions at various NASA Centers including the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia and NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, where he became if not the first African, the first Ghanaian to ever fly (command and control) a Spacecraft in Orbit (including the ERBS and TRMM Spacecraft, etc. for NASA from a mission control center).

3. Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollenu


He is a Ghanaian-born resident of the United States of America. He is a robotics Engineer at NASA and is the leader of a team that designs robots for NASA missions.

4. Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor


He is a scientist and engineer who has played an important role in the introduction and development of the Internet throughout Africa.

In December 2007, Quaynor was awarded the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award from the IETF (The Internet Engineering Task Force). Also on 26 June 2013, he was selected for induction into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.

5. Afua Hirsch

Afua Hirsch
Afua Hirsch

Afua Hirsch is a journalist, barrister and human rights development worker of Ghanaian, English and Jewish heritage. Born in Stavanger, Norway, to an English father and a Ghanaian mother, she grew up in England

6. Dr Thomas Mensah


Thomas O. Mensah (Dr.) ( c. 1950) is a Ghanaian-born chemical engineer and inventor. His works are in fields relating to the developments in Fiber Optics and Nanotechnology. He was awarded 7 USA and worldwide patents in Fiber Optics within a period of six years.

7. Amma Asante

British director Amma Asante,

She is a British born to Ghanaian parents. She is a screenwriter, film director, and former actress. She wrote and directed A Way of Life (2004). Her second film as a director was Belle in 2013.

8. Lord Bernard Ribeiro


Bernard Francisco Ribeiro, Baron Ribeiro, is a British surgeon who served as president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2005 to 2008. He has created a life peer in 2010 and sits in the House of Lords on the Conservative benches. He was born in Ghana and schooled at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and at Middlesex Hospital Medical School.

9. Her ladyship Mrs Justice Mabel Maame Agyemang


She is an expert superior court judge who has served in the judiciaries of the Governments of Ghana, The Gambia and Swaziland. She was the first female Chief Justice of the Gambia.

10. Ozwald Boateng


He is an English fashion designer of Ghanaian descent, known for his trademark twist on classic British tailoring and bespoke style. His client list includes heavyweights like Giorgio Armani, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Seacrest and Richard Branson.

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