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Biography Of Honorable Otiko Afisa Djaba.

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Otiko Afisa Djaba

Ghanaian politician


Otiko Afisa Djaba (born 21 January 1962) is a Ghanaian politician. She has three children, one boy and two girls. Her previous engagement was the National Women's Organizer for the New Patriotic Party.She was also the former minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection.


Quick Facts: Hon., Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection ...

Hon.

Otiko Afisa Djaba


Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection

In office

August 2017 – August 2018

President

Nana Akufo-Addo

Personal details

Born

January 21, 1962 (age 59)

Nationality

Ghanaian

Political party

New Patriotic Party

Relations

Joyce Bawah Mogtari (sister)

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Early life and education

Djaba was born on 21 January 1962 to Henry Kojo Djaba and Rosalind Sheita Bawa at Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana. She is the second of twenty-one siblings.


Djaba attended Tamale Secondary School (now Tamale Senior High School). She holds a diploma in communications and marketing from an institution in the United Kingdom. She has also had training as a computer systems analyst from a college in the United Kingdom.


Political life

In 2008, Djaba contested the Bole Bamboi seat on the ticket of the NPP but lost to former President, John Dramani Mahama and later became Women's Organizer of the New Patriotic Party. She was appointed Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection in 2017.In August 2018, she was appointed Ghana's ambassador to Italy but declined the offer.


Opposition to ministerial position

Boycott of voting process for minister designate Otiko Afisa Djaba

Minority legislators walked out of a voting process to approve Djaba's appointment as Gender, Children and Social Protection minister collectively stating that "they believe her temperament and attitude does not give [them] assurance that she will be able to better manage the affairs of Ghanaian children and women". Prior to the 2016 general election in Ghana, Djaba had called on her Gonja tribes-people to vote John Mahama out because he has not being faithful to them, describing him at a political rally in 2016 as “very wicked, incompetent and desperate". She maintained that her comments were non-provocative and that she did "not owe anybody an apology", continuing to insist on her use of the same language to describe the former president. Two other concerns were also raised by the opposition legislators: the first was about her violation of The Ghana National Service Scheme Act 426 section 7 which mandates all university graduates do a compulsory one year national service to the country before taking public office. The second was around her reiterating the assertion that Charlotte Osei offered sexual favors to Mahama in exchange for her position as Electoral Commission of Ghana chairperson.


Despite opposition members walking out of the secret ballot, Djaba obtained 152 favorable votes in excess of the 50% required to secure her the position.


Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba now hosts a Television Programme on TV3 dubbed “Let’s Talk Ability”


Personal life

Otiko is the big sister of former Deputy Transport Minister Joyce Bawah Mogtari.

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