Woman Crush Wednesday: H.E. Samira Bawumia

by Duchess Magazine

Ahmed Ramadan and Ayesha Ramadan welcomed Samira Bawumia (Née Ramadan) into the world on August 20, 1980 at Sabon Zango, Accra, Ghana.

She is the Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana and a politician from Ghana. Mahamudu Bawumia, Ghana’s vice president, is her husband.

Before moving on to the Akosombo International School (AIS) and finally the Mfantisiman Girls’ Secondary School in Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana, Samira began her early education at the Answarudeen Islamic School at Fadama and Alsyd Academy in Accra.

She pursued a BA in Social Science with a focus on Law and Sociology after being accepted at Kwame Nkirumaj University of Science and Technology (KNUST). She received the Best Student in Master of Business Administration Award from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), where she completed her postgraduate studies (MBA).

She speaks Ewe, Ga, Twi, Fanti, and Mamprusi with ease.

Bawumia was recently appointed an ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Global Alliance, joining the late former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Academy Award-winning actor Julia Roberts, and Grammy-nominated Ghanaian musician Rocky Dawuni Rocky.

She was recognized in 2019 as the first of seven people to receive an award from Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) alongside Ashden. This was in appreciation for her work toward the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 of the United Nations, which calls for ensuring that everyone has access to contemporary, dependable, renewable, and affordable energy by the year 2030.

Samira is the founder and CEO of Samira Empowerment & Humanitarian Projects (SEHP), a non-profit organization founded with the goal of empowering the impoverished in Ghana via various social intervention projects to better lives.

To encourage kids to read, she gave library books to Police Basic Schools nationwide in November 2019. This was an initiative of her “Library in the Box” project, which aims to provide books to schools.

She also established the Samira Bawumia Literature Award. Young authors and artists will have the chance to share their work with the world thanks to the annual literacy prize for Ghanaian youth between the ages of 15 and 25. On Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Fitzgerald in Accra, the inaugural Samira Bawumia Literature Prize winners were announced.

For her work in maternity and child health, women’s empowerment, and education in the USA, Samira was honored with the Ghanaian Women Association of Georgia Global Humanitarian Award in May 2022. Additionally, she was given a distinction by the Atlanta City Council and acknowledged by Macon-Bibb County.

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