By Samuel Appah- Peniel
Mrs. Gifty Edith Opoku, the Eastern Region Manager of the Methodist Education Unit, has been inducted into office with a call on her to be a servant leader.
Preaching the sermon at the induction ceremony, the Rt. Rev. John De-Graft Priddy, Bishop of Nkawkaw Diocese, advised Mrs. Gifty Edith Opoku to be humble and be an example to all and sundry.
The Rt. Rev. John De-Graft Priddy further urged her to discharge her duties with prayers.
‘’Be prayerful in all your endeavours. Rely on the Lord and He will guide you to success ’’ Bishop De-Graft Priddy added.
He also entreated her to collaborate effectively with all the four Bishops that she will be working closely with as the regional Manager.
‘’We the Bishops assure you of our unflinching support in your work as the Eastern Region Manager of Methodist Education Unit,’’ he assured.
In addition, Bishop De-Graft Priddy admonished Mrs. Gifty Edith Opoku to be a listening leader for the development of the Unit.
The impressive induction service was organized by the Koforidua Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana.
Mrs. Gifty Edith Opoku, the Eastern Region Manager of Methodist Education Unit, was inducted into office by the Rt. Rev. Michael A. Bossman, Administrative Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana with support from the Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Asare-Kusi, Bishop of Koforidua Diocese, Rt. Rev. Moses K. Jackson –Bishop of Somanya Diocese and Rt. Rev. John De-Graft Priddy, Bishop of Nkawkaw Diocese.
The induction was assisted by Bro. Albert Opoku Addai, Bro. Reuben A. Kugblenu and Bro. Kwame Adu Darko from the Koforidua, Somanya and Nkawkaw Dioceses respectively.
In attendance were the Very Rev. Dr. Dennis Joseph Boadu, Synod Secretary of Koforidua Diocese, General Director of Methodist schools, Past Lay Chairmen, Koforidua Diocesan Standing Committee Members, Superintendent Ministers, friends and loved ones among others.
READ BELOW THE FULL PROFILE OF PROFILE OF GIFTY EDITH OPOKU (MRS.), EASTERN REGION MANAGER, METHODIST EDUCATION UNIT
Mrs. Gifty Edith Opoku was born on 23rd September, 1965 at Akwatia to a staunch Methodist family, Mr. E. Y. Odame and Mrs. Janet K. Odame who has been called to glory.
EDUCATION AND WORK HISTORY
She started her education at Amanfrom L/A Primary and Middle Schools in Akwatia from 1971 to 1981, and completed her GCE O’level in 1989. She proceeded to the Kibi Presbyterian Training College for her professional training as a teacher from 1984 to 1988.
She is a teacher with about thirty two (32) years of teaching experience under her belt. She started her career in Akim Oda Birim L/A Primary and then to Ridge Experimental also in Oda. She was transferred to Odasco Experimental Primary in 1991 to join her husband who was then teaching in Oda Senior High School.
Gifty gained admission to University College of Education, Winneba to pursue Diploma in Akuapim Twi and Life Skills from 1996 to 1999. She was fortunate to be selected among the few to do a one year top up degree in the same field. After attaining her first degree, she was reposted to Nana Baadu L/A JHS to join her husband who had also been appointed headmaster of Donkorkrom Agric Senior High School.
In Donkorkrom, Gifty worked so hard to raise the academic performance of her school that she was adjudged the best teacher in the District in the year 2000 for the JHS category. She was also appointed Assistant Head of her school the same year.
In 2001, her husband was transferred to Abuakwa State College in Kibi and so she was again reposted to Kibi L/A JHS. Gifty had an appointment to teach in St. Stephens Presby Senior High Technical School (STEPSS) in Asiakwa in 2003. STEPSS was a typical Day School but when Gfity realized this could hamper academic performance, she initiated and facilitated the boarding system in the school and within a short time the school’s academic performance started improving.
In the same 2003, with her passion and zeal to strive for higher knowledge, she took a break to pursue a Master of Education (M.ED) degree in Educational Administration at University of Cape Coast and completed in 2006.
Gifty was appointed Assistant Headmistress of Ofori Panin Senior High School in Kukurantumi from 2007 to 2010. She further served as the Eastern Regional SHS Coordinator at the Regional Education Office from 2010 to February 2020 until she was appointed as the Eastern Regional Manager of Methodist Schools.
Madam Gifty has risen through the ranks from Assistant Superintendent to Deputy Director in the Ghana Education Service with teaching experience spanning for over thirty (30) years teaching at all the levels in pre-tertiary education.
Throughout her teaching career, discipline has been her hallmark and her track records will attest to this. In addition, she has assisted in raising, and supporting other children through their education.
Gifty was Baptized into the then Emmanuel Methodist Church, Akwatia by Rev. Samuel Kweku Acquah in 1966 and was confirmed by Rev. D. S. O. Odei Agyei in the year 1982. She joined the St. Luke Methodist Church and became a Women’s Fellowship member when she was posted to her first station at Akim Oda. She was also a Chorister and a Class Leader at the Christ the King Methodist Church, Nsukwao Koforidua. She became the President of the Nsukwao Circuit Women’s Fellowship from 2012 to 2017. Gifty is currently a Chorister and a Class Leader at the Good Shepherd Methodist Church Trom in the Adweso Circuit. She is a widow with three biological children, one adopted child and one grandson.
Today, with a loud voice Gifty sings MHB 399 stanzas 1 and 2 which says
- What shall I render to my God
for all His mercy’s store?
I will take the gifts He hath bestowed
and humbly ask for more
- The sacred cup of saving Grace
I will with thanks receive
and all His promises embrace
and to His Glory live.
Sister Gifty Opoku owes tons of gratitude to the Presiding Bishop, the Administrative Bishop, the General Manager of Methodist Schools, the Bishops and Lay Chairmen of Koforidua, Akim Oda, Somanya and Nkawkaw Dioceses with whom I work.
She also sincerely thanks her parents, siblings and family, and most importantly her children for their unwavering support. She further gives an honourable mention to all Ministers, and the congregation of Good Shepherd Methodist Church, Trom.
To all her friends and loved ones who have supported her career with their prayers, have been part of this Induction service, and have offered gifts in different forms, she says God bless you.