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I built my first house at age 27 – Legon’s Prof Klutse reveals

Professor Nana Ama Browne Klutse of the Physics Department of the University of Ghana has urged young women and teenagers to take their education seriously to enable them to be independent when they become adults.

The scientist who has done several consultancy works for international organisations told Magoo on Women On The Frontline on TV XYZ that she built her first house before turning 30.

That, she noted, did not come easy because she grew up in a town where teenage pregnancy ” was very ripe” and could have dashed her dreams.

But with the help of her parents, she was able to focus on her education although she had men proposing to her all the time.

“Where I come from, as a female, if you did not give birth at age 15, that was strange,” she stated while advising parents to encourage their female children to go back to school when they give birth at a younger age.

Magoo and Prof Klutse

On the programme, the revered academic talked about her life’s journey and the organisations she worked with before becoming a professor at age 39.

Asked whether she was rich, the Physician said, “I think I am rich. I used to be called mama Cash…Imagine I built my first house at the age of 27.”

“I was good financially but politics has quite affected me. The work is not that bad especially when you don’t only teach. I do consultancy for United Nations institutions. I do for UNDP, UNECA, I do for a lot of UN institutions including the IPCC and ECOWAs and even the African Union.

Watch the conversation from the 30th minute

About Prof. Klutse

She is 41 years and became a professor at the prestigeous university recently, having joined the institution in 2018.

Prof. Nana Ama Klutse is an expert in Climate Change and was a Senior Research Scientist at the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission between 2016 and 2018.

She has also been a guest lecturer at the West African Science Service Centre on Climate and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) in Akure, Nigeria.

She is a product of the University of Cape Coast where she obtained her first degree in Physics before proceeding to the University of Cape Town, South Africa for her PhD.

The climate change expert entered into politics since 2018.She joined the race for the selection of a Parliamentary nominee for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Abura Asebu Kwamankese constituency in the Central Region in 2019 and lost to Felix Kwakye Ofosu, a former minister.

Prof. Klutse was as a member of the NDC policy Group Drafting Manifesto, research team member of the NDC at the University of Ghana and also a member of Professional Forum (Proforum).

“I did not know I will be professor. What I knew was that I have to learn hard and pass…It all comes with hard work and working smart,” she recounts how she worked hard to attain that feat.

The mother of three who has been married for 18 years.

 

By Henryson Okrah |Myxyzonline.com

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