Who is Jean Mensa in Ghana?
Jean Adukwei Mensa is a Ghanaian lawyer by profession and the current Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.
As the Chief Returning Officer, Madam Jean Mensa declared the then presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the NPP as the validly president-elect of the December 7th, 2020 Presidential Election.
Before her assumption of office as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana in 2018, Mrs. Mensa worked at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) from 2000 to 2018 (served for 18 years)
She rose through the ranks to become the Executive Director in 2009 whilst playing an important role in strengthening the democracy of Ghana and promoting strong institutions.
Madam Jean Mensa was ranked by the African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE) in 2017 as one of the Top 60 outstanding, inspiring, and hardworking corporate women leaders in Ghana.
Date of Birth
Madam Jean Mensa was born on November 12th, in the 1970s.
The Chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa is believed to be in her late 40s.
Early Life, Hometown, Parents
Jean Adukwei Mensah was born in Accra to a Ga-Adangbe and Fante parents.
She is half Ga-Adangbe from Ada in the Greater Accra Region and half Fante from the Central Region.
Jean Adukwei Mensah had her basic school education at Accra Ridge Church School.
Madam Jean attended St. Mary’s Senior High School — an all-girls school — located at Korle Gonno in Accra for her senior high school education.
She was admitted to the University of Ghana, Faculty of Law, where she graduated with Bachelor of Laws (abbreviated LL.B) degree in 1993.
Madam Jean Mensa was called to the Bar in 1996.
She also received executive education from the Harvard Business School in 2018.
Husband Dr. Charles Mensa age
Jean Adukwei Mensa is married to Dr. Charles Mensa who is the founder and Chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).
Jean’s husband, Dr Charles Mensa who is currently 65 years of age served as the Chief Executive Officer of Volta Aluminium Company Limited (VALCO) under the administration of former President Agyekum Kufuor.
Dr Charles Mensa is the Board Chairman of SAB Miller Ghana Limited (Accra Brewery and Voltic), and Fan Milk International Limited.
He is also on the board of Maersk Shipping Hong Kong Ltd. and Quality Care Medical Clinic.
In the past, Dr. Mensa held the position of Associate at International Monetary Fund, Chairman of Barclays Bank of Ghana Ltd., Chief Executive Officer at Volta Aluminium Co Ltd, President of Ghana Employers Association, Vice President of Association of Ghana Industries and Associate at George Mason University.
Dr. Charles Mensa received a graduate degree from George Washington University and a doctorate from George Mason University.
Madam Jean Mensa and her husband Dr Charles Mensa are blessed with three children.
Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana Chairperson
On August 1st, 2018, Madam Jean Adukwei Mensa was sworn in as the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana by the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Even though a Ghanaian citizen by name, Fafali Nyonatorto wanted the swearing-in ceremony of Jean Mensa to be halted as she (Fafali) had gone to court to challenge the removal of the former EC chairperson Madam Charlotte Osei, President Akufo-Addo still went ahead with the whole process, claiming that the removal of Charlotte Osei from office was done with no malice.
On June 28th, 2018, President Akufo-Addo dismissed the former Chairperson of the EC, Madam Charlotte Osei and her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa, from office upon the recommendation of a committee set up by the then Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akufo, for procurement breaches and in some cases financial malfeasance.
Before she joined the IEA in 2000, Madam Jean Mensa as a lawyer worked at the Amarkai Amarteifio Chambers from 1995 to 1997, and BJ Da Rocha Chambers as a Junior Lawyer (1998).
As a leader in policy research and advocacy for two decades, Madam Jean Mensa has been involved in the development of policies such as the Presidential Transition Act of 2012, the Revised 1992 Constitution of Ghana (draft), the Political Parties Funding Bill, and the Revised Political Parties Bill.
She played a vital role in the development of policies such as the Presidential Transition Act of 2012, the Revised 1992 Constitution of Ghana (draft), the Political Parties Funding Bill, and the Revised Political Parties Bill.
Mrs. Mensa’s quest for promoting national unity and cohesion led to the facilitation of IEA’s Evening Encounter Series, Ghana’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates, as well as Town Hall Meetings for parliamentary candidates.
As the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, former executive director of Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), and a lawyer by profession, Jean Mensa has an estimated net worth of $1,000,000 USD.
Awards and Recognition
- 2013 — Excellent Leadership Award by the EXLA Group — Winner!
- 2014 — Young Professional Role Model in Governance Award presented by the Young Professionals and Youth Coalition Initiative (YPYC) — Winner!
- In 2017, she was ranked as one of the Top 60 outstanding, inspiring and hardworking corporate women leaders in Ghana by the African Network of Entrepreneurs (TANOE)
Is the EC Boss Madam Jean Mensa a Slay Queen just like Moesha or Akuapem Poloo?
Well, a section of the Ghanaian public, especially members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), describe Madam Jean Adukwei Mensa as a Slay Queen due to, what they claim as, her constant trimming of her eyebrows (taking them off with blades and drawing them back with pencils), heavy make-up, and the wearing of fake “Brazilian hair”.
Many of them are of the firm opinion, that a woman of her stature who occupies such an important position as the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana mustn’t necessarily be seen to be competing with well-known certified Ghanaian Slay Queens such as Hajia Bintu, Akuapem Poloo, Moesha Boduong, Efia Odo, Yaa Jackson, and the like.
Yes, all ugly women must look artificially beautiful with the application of these useless heavy make-up, the trimmings, fake eye lashes, fake Brazilian hair and all that but not Jean Adukwei Mensa!
Sometimes, one wonders why upon all the natural beauty Jean Mensa’s God has endowed her with, she would still go to the extent of undertaking such frivolous adventures.
What is your opinion about this: is Jean Mensah truly a slay queen? Is it not the case that members of the NDC are jealous of her beauty? Share your candid opinion in the comments box below,
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Source: George Awiadem Maclean | BieGyaNation.Com