Ruth Jiagge Beta is the first Ghanaian woman to become a Lawyer and a Judge from the Volta Region of Ghana.
Annie Ruth Jiagge was a women’s right activist. She also was the first female in Ghana to become a lawyer and a judge. In addition. she is known or recognized to be the first female to join the commonwealth of nations as a judge. As a great woman, she was one of the co-founders of Women’s World Banking as currently named.
Further, Beata was born on 7th October 1918 in Lome, French Togoland. Her parents were school teachers, Henrietta Bart’s and Presbyterian minister, Robert Domingo Baeta. She belongs to the Ewe ethnic group in the southern part of Ghana and Togo. As a member of the notable Baeta family, she was one of the right children, though only Annie and her siblings Christian, Lily and William lived to adulthood. Baeta attended Achimota College and earned her teacher’s certificate in 1937.
Moreover, she was the headmistress and school teacher at the Evangelical Presbyterian School from 1940 to 1946. The washing away of the Evangelical Presbyterian School buildings by the ocean in 1940, led to the movement of the girls to Evangelical Presbyterian School for boys. On the other hande school was crowded and Baeta knew it would be difficult to find funding for new buildings.
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In addition, she approached the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Choir and transformed it into a drama group. The performances were successful and the group had invitations to perform in major Gold Coast cities and in Togo. In December, 1946, Baeta was able to raise funds for a new girl’s school building.