Meet Squadron Leader Selase Yayra Agbenyefia!
For close to 35 years, being a combat pilot in the Ghana Air Force has been a ‘no go’ area for ambitious young women who had the desire to ply their trade in that sector of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The first two female pilots who served during the Nkrumah regime left the Air Force after the 1966 coup. In modern day Ghana, we have ‘Selase Yayra Agbenyefia’.
Here are 7 things you need to know about her:
1. Selase is a mother of one, born in 1978 (37 years old)
2. Squadron Leader Selase Yayra Agbenyefia, is the first female military helicopter pilot not only in Ghana but in the West Africa sub-region in 48 years.
3. She was adjudged the best cadet in Rotary Wing as well as in Academics and was commissioned into the Ghana Air Force in December 2001
4. She attended Mawuko Girls Secondary School (1989-1991) and Mawuli Secondary School (1991-1996) for her ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels respectively. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Banking and Finance) from the University of Ghana (2009) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
5. Sqn Ldr Agbenyefia is the first military female pilot to have served with the United Nations when she served as a crew member with the Ghana Aviation Unit in La Cote D’lvoire from 2006 to 2010.
6. She is currently the Flight Commander of the No. 3 Helicopter Squadron of the Ghana Air Force
7. After her trail blazing feat with the Ghana Armed Forces, it took close to 10 years before four other ladies joined the Air Force as pilots.