Did You Know Otiko Djaba Is Mahama’s First Cousin? Here are 9 other Interesting Facts About her.

She has been in the news for over a week now. Otiko Djaba is the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, whose failure to do her National Service has stirred the media. Despite opposition from the minority, she is currently the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection. Here are some interesting facts about her.

  1. President Mahama’s father and Otiko’s mother are brother and sister; making former president Mahama and Otiko first cousins.
  2. Joyce Bawa, the Former Deputy Transport Minister is Otiko’s half sister, they are of the same mother.

  3. Otiko’s father is from Somenya, making Otiko a Krobo but having lived with her mother in the Northern region for most of her life, has a deeper connection with the North – the reason why she lashed out on former president Mahama for the failure of SADA.

  4. Otiko, together with some of her siblings lived in the UK for sometime, where their father had moved to after he left Ghana.

  5. Otiko’s father was a member of the Busia administration, which is why she also decided to join the New Patriotic Party (NPP) years ago although most of her family members are in the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

  6. Otiko Djaba contested against John Mahama for the Bole Bamboi Constituency MP slot in 2008, but lost to Mahama.

  7. Otiko Djaba is also a veteran TV host/ Producer behind hit shows like the kids programme Kokrokoo on GTV, where she gained a lot of fame before diverting into politics.

  8. Otiko Djaba speaks eight local dialects: Hausa, Gonja, Dagbani, Wale, Twi, Fanti, Ga and Krobo.

  9. Otiko Djaba with a 26 vote difference from her contender, won the NPP national primaries to be the Party’s women organiser.

  10. Otiko Djaba, just like the minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Catherine Afeku, did not do her national service and has brought about the conversation about the relevance of National Service in Ghana.

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