Personality Profile on Gladys Asmah

Early life and education

Mrs. Gladys Asmah, was born on October 16, 1939, at Cape Coast, in the Central Region. She started her primary education at Wesley Girls School and then to the Ghana National College, both in Cape coast.

After her secondary education, she -worked briefly with the Ghana Railway Corporation and subsequently as a supervisor at the Laboratory and Quality Control Department of the Pioneer Tobacco Company (PTC). She worked there for six years.

Having been exposed to managerial training at the’ PTC, she decided to pursue further studies in Britain. And so in June 1963, she left Ghana for the United Kingdom.

In the UK, she attended Middlesex University and the Leeds College of Education and Home Economics and qualified as a Member of the Institutional Management Association of London.

After her training, she worked with the British Council as an assistant manager at the Overseas’ Students Centre, Portland Palace, London. Whilst a student in London, she decided to specialise in the field of dressmaking and therefore familiarised herself with fashion organisations.

Mrs Asmah gathered a few machines and started making nightgowns and petticoat in Birmingham.

Return to Ghana

When she finally came to settle in Ghana, she registered a factory as a partnership and later in 1975 incorporated it as a limited liability Company. As an advocate of women emancipation, Mrs Asmah supported the Tarkwa women Generating income (TWIGA) to secure financial assistance to manufacture palm oil.

When the Social Welfare Department set up the Women Training institute at the Takoradi Neighbourhood Centre to train girls in vocational subjects, she consented and readily offered her workshop to train young women in the area.

Mrs Asmah was associated with several business and public organisations; she was the Chairperson, Management Board, Takoradi Women Training Institute; Board Member, Ahantaman Rural Bank-, second Vice-president, Association of Ghana Industries; and Chairperson, Regional Implementation Committee, Women in Development.


She became a Member of Parliament of Takoradi from Jan 1997 – Jan 2009, a Minister of Women and Children Affairs between 2001–2005 and Minister of Fisheries from 2005–2009. She was the party’s first woman deputy minority leader and a member of the party’s council of Elders

Personal Life

She was married to Mr John Asmah, who was the chairman of Board for Forestry commission. Mr John Asmah passed away on February 9, 2003. Gladys Asmah was a staunch Anglican.


Gladys Asmah died on June 24, 2014, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra where she had been hospitalized for two weeks. She was buried in Takoradi after her funeral on 1 November 2014.

Source: wikipedia, ghanaweb