From Koko selling to first female aircraft Marshaller in Ghana, an inspiring story of Felicia

In all our endeavors we try to make an impact regardless of where we find ourselves despite the challenges faced us and such is the story of Madam Felicia Edem Attipoe.

She is a single mother who has been awarded as the as the Most Inspiring Woman in Aviation. Taking to Facebook, Madam Attipoe shared her sad past which encouraged her to go for gold by becoming Ghana’s First Female Aircraft Marshaller.

She became a single mother at the age of 23 after her trip out of the country saw her marriage coming to end though she was working with Ghana Civil aviation authority (GCAA) as a secretary.

Her job is mostly dominated by male but she defied all odds to rub shoulders with the men and she has over 8 years experience in the work.

Read her full statement 

Yesterday 14th September 2019, I was one of the recipients of the Maiden Ghana Most Inspiring Women’s Award 2019 at the Golden Tulip. I won the award in the Aviation Category.

I give thanks and glory to the almighty God for how far He has brought me. I dedicate this award to my mum who passed 13th September 2005, 14 years ago.

I was employed at Ghana Civil aviation authority (GCAA) in 1999 as a secretary. Life was good as a young single mum at the age of 23. I worked for 8 or so years and left the country with my husband outside the country. I took 4 years to leave without pay to go study. As faith could find me I came home with a “lost marriage” and a broken home. Fortunately, I had my job back and was transferred to the Ramp section as a secretary. (Marshallers Office) an Aircraft Marshaller is someone who park planes… It’s a man’s job . I was then going through my divorce process in court. I come to work so confused and with a lot of pain and bitterness. Sometimes I even have to go to court before coming to work. It was painful..I had no life.. bitterness and pain engulfed me. That story of the selling of Koko on the street and at the train station would be told later. A student at the African University College of Communication (AUCC) another story.

Finally I got interested in this Job.. Marshallering. I was able to convince my Boss to be part.. Fortunately, I was added to the trainees for the job. I failed 3 times . All I needed was just 50 percent. I never gave up. A mist my divorce case at the court, selling Koko and schooling at the same time to get a degree, I made the pass mark. I passed. One of the first Female Aircraft Marshaller in Ghana.

Glory to God.”