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Rtd. Chief Insp. Theresa Dei

Ghana Police Service

Retired Chief Inspector Theresa Dei, affectionately called Auntie Theresa, was born in Besease to Opayin Kwabena Dei and Obaapanin Ama Adutwumwaa. Chief Inspector Theresa was the fifth child of a family of 13. She was the only female of her family who benefited from formal education. She attended and finished her Primary Education at Besease Roman Catholic Primary School in 1950.   

In 1951, she got admission to Ejisu Roman Catholic Middle school to complete her Standard Seven education. Ejisu was the only town endowed with facilities for Middle School education. At the end of her Middle School Education, with a huge financial support from her uncle, Opanin Kwasi Foh who later became the Ejisu Kyidomhene and took the stool name, Nana Awuah Brobey made a significant contribution toward her secondary education. Auntie Theresa attended Kibi Commercial College at Kibi in the Eastern Region.

Auntie was the only one of five daughters of her parents to benefit from formal schooling. She was one of the few unique female children from the Great Gyapawaase family of Ejisu Besease to rise to this far. People saw in her a great future for her family.

The concept of “if you educate a woman, you educate a nation’’ was unknown to Opayin Kwabena Dei, her father. Left to him, Auntie Theresa would not have had any higher education after the primary education.

After completing her commercial school in Kibi, she got enlisted into the Ghana Police Service. Just after her training at the Police Depot in Accra. After serving in the Ghana Police service for nearly three decades, she retired from the Ghana Police in the late 1980s with a rank of Chief Inspector of Police.