Women Leaders Meet with First Lady of Republic of Ghana during West Africa Trip

Contributed By Valerie Johnson, Church News staff writer

  • 7 March 2019

Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visit Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo (center), the first lady of the Republic of Ghana, at North Ridge in Accra, Friday, March 1, 2019.

Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President, met with Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, the first lady of the Republic of Ghana, in Accra on Friday, March 1, Newsroom reports.

The two general presidents are visiting Ghana, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire in an 11-day visit to West Africa. They began their trip in Accra, Ghana, by meeting with the wife of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana.

“I am so happy that you are here today,” the first lady said during the meeting. “My main focus is for the women and children, especially for their health. … My vision is to empower women to take care of their families.”

“We have so many interests that are the same,” Sister Bingham said. “We would love to be in communication with you. There are many things we can do.”

She gave an outline of many of the Church’s humanitarian programs as well as education and literacy programs like BYU–Pathway Worldwide, which can serve to strengthen families.

“We preach the gospel of Jesus Christ that improves their lives,” Sister Cordon said.

After meeting with the first lady of the Republic of Ghana, Sister Bingham said, “You could feel her genuine caring for the people. She has done so much to bless the women, the children, and I felt such an affinity with her.”

Sister Cordon added, “There’s so much that we can help with and move forward her vision, and she’ll be able to help those sisters that are struggling.”

Sister Bingham and Sister Cordon will travel to Lagos, Nigeria, and Abidijan, Côte d’Ivoire, before returning to Utah.

To learn more about their visit, read the full article on Newsroom.

Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, left, and Sister Jean B. Bingham, right, visit Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo, the first lady of the Republic of Ghana, at North Ridge in Accra, Friday, March 1, 2019.

Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visit Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo (center), the first lady of the Republic of Ghana, at North Ridge in Accra, Friday, March 1, 2019.