Some people are known in society as kind, philanthropic, social icons, and very influential. They are known for the impact they have on society and the lives they’ve touched over the years.
The person this article seeks to introduce her life’s journey has been on our TV screens for years. She’s known for how great of a media personality she is and the thought-provoking discussions she’s had on her show, “The standpoint”. She has done many charitable deeds and has helped countless girls obtain good education through various scholarship skims.
She has been a blessing to many orphanages in assisting with their needs.
She has won several awards, a few of which are; Outstanding Ghanaian award- 2016, Outstanding women award-2018, The Superwoman of the year award-2019, Ghana’s most inspiring woman in media award-2019, Most influential woman award-2019, etc
There has been so much to her life and an account of it is given below…
Gifty was born to Mr. Kyei Anti and Stella Aba Aidan. She is a native of Cape Coast in the Central region but was born and bred in Tema of the Greater Accra region. She lived there with her father and other siblings because her parents had separated. She has seven other siblings and is the last born.
She had her basic education at Tema from primary to middle school, form 2 at community 8, Number One basic school. She sat for her common entrance exams and gained admission to Mfantsiman Girls Secondary school. Her mother lived in Mankessim so she used to pass by her place on her way to school as those were the only times she saw her. Her mother, however, had diabetes later in life and moved to stay with Gifty’s elder sister in Tema and that’s when she saw more of her.
Her father never married again as he didn’t want anyone disturbing and maltreating his children. Her father passed when she was 35 years in 2005.
Growing up, Gifty’s ultimate goals in life were to go to school, have a lot of money, take good care of her father and herself, and be of help to others.
She did her national service at Ghana Broadcasting Corporation after completing the Ghana Institute of Journalism and she got the opportunity to be on Air as a floor manager on the 13th of February 1997 due to some turn out of events.
On the very day when she had to be the floor manager on Air, she got to work very early and realized there was no one around at that time. She saw one of the company drivers going to circle to pick up newspapers and she decided to join him.
On their way back to the work premises, she read all the papers and upon arrival, the presenter for the morning show was late and she had to narrate the content of that day’s newspaper to him. He requested she joined him to read the news that day and that’s how her career began.
Her initial intention was not to be a journalist. She never wanted that. However, after applying to read Land Economy at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and was rejected, her brother advised her to study Public Relations at the Ghana Institute of journalism.
She went for her admission interview and the board recommended that she read journalism instead which she candidly declined. She went for a second interview and she was told the same. She received her letter only to have been offered Journalism.
Since then, she became a TV presenter, a gender advocate, a feminist, and a coach. She rose through the ranks and achieved great goals. She has also been very well recognized for her hard work and successes over the years.
She is currently married with a baby girl and is the host of the Standpoint and CEO of GDA concept limited.
Credit: Afia Amankwa Tamakloe
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