As part of PSGH’s celebration of such an industrious woman, we have reproduced this up-close interaction with Delese Afia Mimi Darko, simply known by many as Mimi Darko. Mimi is the first-ever woman to emerge as CEO of the FDA, putting her up there among some of Ghana’s extraordinary women achievers. Mimi’s story should inspire and teach other women around the world to persevere and dream.
Delese Afia Amoako Osei-Bonsu, as she was birthed fifty-six years ago, is the fourth of five children and the first daughter of her parents whose birth brought them joy.The name ‘Mimi’, as was given her by her brother became the most popular of all her names. Delese was named after her grandmother and was supposed to have been called ‘Mama’ but, a defiant older brother refused to identify her as ‘Mama’, by calling her ‘Mimi’ instead. Mimi Darko, as she is now famously known, is the daughter of Mr K. G. Osei, a former Commissioner for Information, who she described as an introvert, very principled and honourable gentleman, and Madam Justina Osei who was nothing short of extraordinary, a compassionate, loving, warm mother who was always full of smiles.
Mimi Darko started schooling at Mrs Agyemang Nursery School, a school owned by the mother of Mrs Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, Madam Agyemang. She later attended Christ the King School, after which she had the opportunity of being admitted to Achimota Secondary School where she took her O’ Level from form 1 to 5. She then went abroad for her sixth form education before subsequently returning to Ghana for her tertiary level education. The University of Science and Technology, now Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was where she studied Pharmacy and graduated in 1991. Mimi later bagged a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Northampton, UK.