The old 100 cedis note which was used during the second cedi era from 1967 to the early 2000s had the face of a beautiful Ghanaian nurse identified as Docia Angelina Naki Kisseih.
Madam Docia Angelina Naki Kisseih was born on 13th August 1919 at Odumase, Manya Krobo.
She had her early education at local Presbyterian schools and later went to Krobo Girls Senior High School for her secondary education.
Docia also went to the Achimota School where she obtained her Cambridge Higher School Certificate in 1938.
In her teens, Docia used to accompany her grandmother who was a midwife when she went to deliver a baby which aroused her interest in nursing.
In 1940, Docia enrolled at the Korle Bu Maternity Hospital for three years of Nursing training with an emphasis on midwifery.
Since Nursing education was not fully developed in Ghana, Docia had to train for further qualifications in England during the 1950s.
In 1961, she became first Ghana’s Chief Nursing Officer of the newly independent Ghana. Her aim was to have more university graduates in the nursing profession.
She also established a scholarship fund to train some nurses abroad until a more in-depth education was introduced locally.
Docia was the first nurse in Ghana with a post-graduate degree and a doctorate at Boston University in the United States of America.
She was also the founder and first president of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association (GRNA) which was formed in 1960.
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Docia Angelina Naki Kisseih was honored by the state in 1984 over her great contribution to the nursing profession and in 1986 her portrait was put on the 100 cedi banknote.
Her honorary degree was conferred ceremonially at Docia Kisseih’s home because of her frailty and she died later that month, in August 2008.
In 2015 the GRNA instituted a series of lectures to be called the Dr. Docia Kisseih Memorial Lectures.