The Most Inspiring Woman in Aviation Industry, at the Maiden Ghana Most Inspiring Women’s Award 2019, Madam Felicia Edem Attipoe, in an interview with Dj Nyaami on SVTV Africa, has shared some challenges she encountered rising to become the First Female Aircraft Marshaller in Ghana.
Ms. Felicia talked on the many careers she had shown so much interest, as a young girl, and how along the line, she worked as a producer for Keysoap Concert party, during her attachment at the national theatre.
‘’Growing up, I wanted to be a musician, and at a point, I learned and played keyboard at church. The keyboard playing enhanced my typing ability and I knew I will eventually become a secretary’’.
‘’Later, my attachment at the Ghana National Theatre moved me into art and I am proud to be part of the beginners of concert party in Ghana where I was a producer’’. She narrated.
The single mother, also disclosed, how she lost her marriage, the emotional trauma she went through, the Porridge (Koko) she sold at the airport in order to survive, and the miracle of it all, landing her dream; thus the first Ghanaian female Marshaller.
According to her, she applied for a secretary job at the Ghana Civil aviation authority (GCAA) in 1994 but only to be employed in 1999, thus five (5) years later.
‘’My marriage made me travel many places, but later I had to file for divorce because I was left with no option and at a point I even attempted suicide; thanks to my little daughter who saved me”.
“Later, I lost my job, and the tough times compelled me to sell porridge (koko) at the airport in order to survive, Somebody I had travelled places, now I had to sell (koko), not to even mention the humiliation I went through’’. She said.
Madam Felicia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the African University College of Communications, Diploma in Photography from Temple University, Japan, Certificates in Aerodrome Safety, Certificate in Marshalling and Radio Telephony from the Aviation School.
She is a mother of two, and a motivation to many young women out there.