Nana Gyetuah, 56
Dekoto Junction, Ghana
Nana Gyetuah, known as Mama Koko, is the first female chief of her village. As chief, she has fought for the rights of villagers, whose cocoa trees were being destroyed by the timber industry. When loggers destroyed and refused to repair a bridge, she mobilized her fellow villagers to create a roadblock. Her superior, the “stool chief” had her arrested when she exposed the corrupt relationship he had with the timber industry. After CARE helped secure her release, she returned to seek restitution for her community’s ruined farmland. Mama Koko’s strength and position as chief make her a strong role model for the young women in her village, and she has successfully stopped the logging in her territory.
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