In honour of Black History Month we will be recognising notable contributions to the STEMs from people of African origin. Today we recognise Eva Naa Merley Lokko.
Born in Ghana, Eva is a Satellite Communications Engineer best known as the first female engineer at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and her position as the running mate for the Progressive Peoples Party in 2012. A product of Wesley Girls High School, she completed her Master’s degree in Intelligent Management Systems Systems Analysis and Design.
Eva’s career has seen her as a Satellite Communications Engineer take part in installing and maintaining Ghana’s first colour television infrastructure in 1985. She also worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop internet connectivity in Africa. In addition, she worked with the UN for thirteen years and served as chairperson of the UN Federation of International Civil Servants Association and the United Nations Staff Council and as a member of the UNDP News Advisory Board. In 2002, she was appointed Director-general of the GBC, becoming the first and only woman to hold that position since the corporation was established in 1953. Her career has seen her work in over 44 countries and made her fluent in French and Russian in addition to English, Ga, Hausa and Twi.
In addition to her career achievements, she is the CEO of Totally Youth, a Non Governmental Organisation which assists Ghanaian youth to find appropriate employment. Her position as the presidential running mate for the PPP in 2012 is testament to her excellence, integrity and commitment to promote development through education. She remains a model of what a product of the STEMs can accomplish regardless of arena, even Politics is not off limits.