The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference has paid a courtesy call on the former President of the Republic of Ghana His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor to commiserate with him on the passing of his wife Madam Theresa Kufuor.
The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference delegation was led by Most Rev. Joseph Afrifa-Agyekum, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua to his (Mr. Kufour’s) Aburi residence where prayers were offered for him and a book of condolence signed on October 3.
Mrs. Theresa Kufuor passed away at her home on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at age 88. She served as Ghana’s First Lady from January 7, 2001, to January 6, 2009.
Theresa Kufuor started her education at the Catholic Convent, OLA, at Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana. She later went to London, where she was educated as a Registered General Nurse, in the Southern Hospital Group of Nursing. Edinburgh, Scotland.
After further study at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Paddington General Hospital, London, she qualified as a State Certified Midwife with a Certificate in Premature Nursing.
She founded the Mother and Child Community Development Foundation (MCCDF), a non-governmental organization operating in Ghana and Canada that supports work in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission.
She also advocated for the implementation of the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) programme for kindergarten children, as part of the government’s educational reforms in 2007.
She accompanied her husband on several official visits and engagements, both locally and internationally, and represented Ghana at various forums and events.
Mrs Theresa Kufuor was also the First Lady of the African Union from 2007 to 2008, when her husband served as the Chairperson of the continental body.
She was recognised and honoured for her commitment and contribution to the welfare of humanity and the Catholic Church. In 2007, she was awarded the Papal Award Dame of St Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI, for her dedication to the plight of poor children and their mothers.