Samira Bawumia, the Second Lady of Ghana fits the descriptor “beauty with brains” perfectly. She turns heads with her exquisite beauty and sense of fashion, but beneath that splendour and beauty is a determined and intelligent lady created to effect change in peoples’ lives.
Born into a political home to Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan, former National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and his wife Hajia Ayesha Ramadan, Samira’s smartness and activism came to the fore when she mounted political platforms to campaign for change on the back of anti-corruption and women empowerment during the 2016 general elections.
The only daughter among her siblings, Samira started her early education at the Answarudeen Islamic School at Fadama, a suburb of Accra before moving to the Akosombo International School. Samira holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Sociology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and an MBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) where she was adjudged the best student in her year group.
As founder of the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects, a non-profit organization helping in the areas of health, education, and women empowerment among others, Samira’s efforts at impacting lives were recently rewarded when she was made an Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves.
This recognition is remarkable as she joins the enviable list of renowned personalities who hold that position including Ghana’s own Kofi Annan, the deceased former UN Secretary General, Academy Award-winning actress, Julia Roberts, and another star from Ghana, Grammy- nominated musician, Rocky Dawuni.
As an ambassador, Samira is expected to help raise awareness about household air pollution and advocate for the use of cleaner cooking methods across the developing world.
Ultimately, the goal of her engagement is to help create cleaner environments and eradicate deaths caused by pollution from the burning of solid fuels for cooking, an engagement she has embraced whole heartedly.
Fluent in several languages, Samira has been the capable wife behind Ghana’s Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, providing tender loving care to the four children the couple have.