BLOG | Tribute for Mrs Ollenu March 31- 2017


The song of Mrs. Alberta Ollenu has ended, but the melody of the Association (GHEA) she helped form with four other founding members who have already passed on (Mrs. Sophia Jiagge, Mrs. Florence Dovlo, Mrs. Janet Tay and Mrs. Irene Randall-Bull) lingers on. Her passing away to glory has brought about the close of the chapter of a generation of founding members of the Association.

Mrs. Alberta Ollenu contributed immensely towards the birth of Home Economics Education in Ghana. Equipped with knowledge from the numerous International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) conferences she attended, including her position in the Ministry of Education in charge of Home Economics Education in the 1950s, she counseled, coached, inspired, empowered and ensured that young women accepted scholarships to go abroad to be trained as Home Economics teachers.

She was meticulous, very strict, precise, and above all motherly. Her life epitomizes the Home Economics profession. She was a women activist who lighted and bore the torch of women emancipation until her demise.

In the 1960s, Mrs. Alberta Ollenu played a key role in the establishment of Home Economics departments (now Department of Family and Consumer Sciences) in University of Ghana, Legon, and Winneba College of Education (Specialist Training College), now called University of Education Winneba, North Campus. She was instrumental in taking GHEA to international level, where she became the first (1st) African vice President of IFHE. She played her role as African Vice President so well that her contributions paved the way for more Ghanaians to be elected into that position. She was a live wire to many young Home Economists until her passing away. At the age of 98, she still showed so much interest in the growth and thriving of GHEA to the extent that she often queried Executive members for not living up to the profession. Which is, engaging in activities that promote healthy family living and ensuring media coverage of those activities and thereby, educating the public on what the profession has to offer.

Mrs. Alberta Ollenu’s contributions to Ghana Home Economics has helped put it on the world map. Kudos to her for a great life well lived. She touched many lives during her stay on earth and has left a legacy for others to emulate. Her life is a story. A story of how humankind is expected to live to fulfill his/her calling on earth.

GHEA would like to re-echo the songwriter’s words that though her song on earth has ended, the melody of her song still lingers on. She has left her footprints on the sands of time for all Home Economists to walk in.

Praise we the wise and brave and strong Who graced their generation Who helped the right and fought the wrong And made our folk a nation” (Methodist Hymn 896).

Mrs. Alberta Ollenu, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, and you have kept the faith (2Timoothy 4:7). Enter into your Father’s bosom and receive the crown of righteousness He has prepared for you.

Fare Thee Well!