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Obituaries | Nov 27, 2010

Theresa Tagoe Is Dead

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The death is reported of Theresa Tagoe, 67, former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South Constituency in the Greater Accra Region.

The NPP strongwoman, according to family sources, died Thursday, November 25, 2010, after a protracted illness.

Ms. Tagoe served the people of that constituency for three consecutive terms as MP from 1997 to 2008.

She served as Deputy Minister of Lands, Forestry and Mines as well as Deputy Minister of Works and Housing and Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, all under President John Kufuor.

Ms. Tagoe was also the proprietress of Agence D'or Secretarial Institute, one of the leading and prestigious bilingual secretarial schools in Ghana.

Affectionately called T.T, the resilient former legislator whose political valor captured nationwide attention, was a career politician whose interest in politics dated back to her days at Aburi Girls' Secondary School, from where she proceeded to the University of Ghana, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in French.

She was best known for her nonchalant, no-nonsense attitude which sometimes affected people even in her own party.

Her claim to fame can be traced back to December 1999 when she led protests against perceived government inaction over the murder of countless women in the Greater Accra Region, under the watch of former President Rawlings's National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Ms. Tagoe will be remembered as a tough-talking parliamentarian and women's rights advocate.

Many Ghanaians will also miss her atypical mixture of English, Ga and Twi even during interviews and parliamentary proceedings. Though colloquial, it became her signature tune which was exciting, endearing and mortifying at the same time.

During her vetting in parliament in 2001, she told the Appointments Committee of Parliament, 'Yes I like talking. Sometimes I get out and sit on my steps and just talk to people passing. Through talking, I become dynamic.'

She was born on December 13, 1943. Her hobbies include reading, dancing and talking.

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