I will doubt if the name Theodosia Salome Okoh(nee Asihene) rings a bell, but try this; red, gold, and green with a black star. Yes, I know many of you without blinking can tell that is the flag of Ghana. The silent but popular ambassadors of any nation's sovereignty, are it's flag, coat of arms and it's anthem. These are the visible but common symbols of nationhood and ways in which a nation is identified and represented.
Mrs. Theodosia Salome Okoh, the artist who designed the flag of Ghana was born on June 13, 1922. As a budding artist she remembers an Ad in a local newspaper calling for entries for the design of the National Flag of Ghana. She remembers the Ad said, "the flag should be original and must have motifs the many nationals can identify with". Armed with this she set out to design what is now the flag of Ghana.
She explained that she chose the red, gold and green, to represent the blood and lives of the many who sacrificed to win independence. The gold was influenced by the mineral riches of our land,especially the gold reserves of Ghana, and the green represents the rich vegetation of the land . The five point black lonestar in the middle of the gold was influenced by the lonestar of African emancipation and the Black Star Line by Marcus Garvey.
Mrs. Okoh is also a very keen sports enthusiast and is described as the "Joan of Arc" of Ghana field hockey.
She has been recognized by many for what she has done for the nation of Ghana. In 1992 she received the Entertainment Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana award, 1997, she received the Arts Critics and Reviewers Association of Ghana award. In 2004 she received an award from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for her role in the building of the National hockey pitch and the game of hockey in Ghana. A specialist and professional Teacher, she is the first woman to become the President of the National Sports Association.
Mrs. Theodosia Salome Okoh have shown through her dedication to Ghana and her personal life that she is an IDEAL WOMAN. An Obaa Sima.