The Northern Empowerment Association (NEA) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) in Ghana. It was incorporated in Ghana in 2001. NEA’s headquarters are in Tamale, the capital of Ghana’s Northern Region.
Northern Empowerment Association
PO Box 809; Tamale, Northern Region; Ghana, West Africa
Mr. Attah Nanotgma (Chair)
At the age of nine, Attah and his 35 siblings lost their father, a Paramount Chief, and were plunged into a life of hardship. In 1978, Attah met some of the students who were in the process of developing NEA, and he, too, wanted to be a catalyst for change. His business and accounting skills have been invaluable to the NEA board over the years.
Mrs. Evelyn Adjetey
Despite her father’s inability to support her in school, Evelyn was able to complete her studies at the Community Health Nursing Training School. Afterward she studied midwifery in the UK. Evelyn provides valuable input on community health issues, and also facilitates community health training at the project sites.
Rev. Stephen Adjetey
Stephen met the various students who were planning NEA through Scripture Union in Tamale, and became like a big brother to them. Until his recent retirement, Stephen directed the Presbyterian church’s Mile 7 agricultural development project. His knowledge of agriculture in northern Ghana has been invaluable to NEA.
Mrs. Rhoda Akwetey
At the age of 10, Rhoda lost her father and was sent to live with an abusive relative. She was able to go to school and while in high school met the members of the NEA group who helped her grow in her Christian faith. Rhoda was trained as a teacher and has since been promoted to different roles within the Ghana Education Service.
Rev. Dr. E. Adam Harunah
Dr. Harunah was one of the group of students that founded NEA in the 1970s. His studies led him to the University of Ibadan for Veterinary Medicine and to Germany for his MSc in General Agriculture and Vaccine Production. Currently the Director of the Central Veterinary Laboratory in Pong Tamale, Dr. Harunah is also an ordained pastor with the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
Mrs. Cynthia Harunah
Cynthia completed her studies at the Ho Polytechnical Institute for Catering, and furthered them at the Tamale Polytechnical Institute. She has held several positions in her field, including work at the Savelugu School for the Deaf.
Mrs. Sanatu Nantogma
In conversations about women leaders in Ghana, Sanatu’s name is invariably mentioned. She fought for permission to attend school when she was a girl, persevered in the face of many challenges, and eventually became a trained nurse. She completed further studies at COADY Institute in Canada and completed a Master’s Degree in Social Science. Sanatu has worked with World Vision in several capacities, and is currently the National Director for Christian Children’s Fund of Canada in Ghana. Sanatu’s experience in development and her knowledge of gender issues are valued by NEA and by organizations throughout Ghana and beyond.
Mr. Alex Papanko
Having grown up in a northern village in Ghana, Alex is very aware of the effects of poverty on people in the forgotten rural communities. Alex has held various positions with Ghana’s power company, VRA. Providing reliable power to NEA’s project site has been a great challenge and Alex has provided important technical help in that. His management skills, insight, and long-term commitment are important to the NEA Board.
Mrs. Grace Papanko
When she was young, Grace’s father suffered greatly for his Christian faith and Grace was eventually taken from her home to live with her mother’s family. She was able to go to school and pursue a career in nursing. A registered nurse, Grace brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in health issues to the table and is a valued member of the team.
Dr. Mahamadu Seidu Zakariah
“Dr. Zak” was introduced to the group of students founding NEA while he was still in high school, and soon became involved in their plans for an organization that would help the poor in Northern Ghana. He graduated from Ghana Medical School in 1981 and completed his surgical diploma in the UK in 1993. After returning to Ghana he was the Regional Director of Medical Services for the Volta Region before joining the surgical department with the Ghana Police Hospital in Accra.