Meet Melody Millicent Dankwa: The First Female Pilot in Africa

The First Female Pilot in Africa

Aviation in Ghana and the African continent as a whole, has come a long way and one of key contributors is the late Squadron Leader Melody Millicent Danquah (Rtd), the first female pilot in Africa.

Melody was a born to Ghanaian parents on Wednesday, January 6, 1937 in Larteh Akuampim — they are Ibinijah Rexford Addo-Danquah, a Court Registrar and Arbitrator in Larteh and Madam Selina Gyamfi.

Affectionately called M3, she was the sixth of ten (10) siblings.

She was educated at the Methodist Primary and Middle schools in Larteh and Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast.

In 1963, she was chosen among the first three women [including Ayele Kome and Joana Dickson] to be trained into the Ghana Air Force as pilots — she successfully made the grade and the subsequent basic military training at the Ghana Military Academy.

As Flt. Cadet Danquah, she flew solo for the first time on Monday, June 22, 1964 a Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk aircraft.

She passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the age of 79.

Check her out!

Melody Millicent Dankwa

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