Meet The Lady Who Wrote An Open Letter To The President To Print Names Of Big Six On Our Banknotes

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This is Ms Priscilla Otomo Tetteh, the lady who suggested names of ‘Big Six’ be printed on our banknotes.

And the ‘National Youth Personality’ for 2006.

Ms Tetteh had encountered a bizarre situation that made her want to pick up her pen to write a letter to the president.

“Ex-President Atta Mills followed up on the publication. In a conversation, he agreed to have my ideas implemented,” she told

Late former president, John Evans Fiifi Attah Mills
Late former president, John Evans Fiifi Attah Mills

Some children were arguing about the names of the Big Six in a Troskie queue.

When they turned to an elderly man who surprisingly is a bookseller, the man mentioned Barack Obama as a member of the Big Six.

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Goodness me, Barack Obama indeed! The vehicle to my destination arrived, so I went on board and left,” she said.

After the incident, Ms Tetteh an ardent writer made a passionate appeal to President Mills in her letter to the Ghanaian Times to have the names of the ‘Big Six’ inscribed on the cedi note.

She said from there, President Mills, who later died in office on July 24, 2012, took a key interest in her articles.

Article by Ms Priscilla Otomo

In the case of the cedi note, she said she had a call from a Bank of Ghana staff who said, “They will work on it and get back to me. The person said ‘it’s a very good suggestion’ so whatever that is due, any recognition that is due will be given to me.”

True to President Atta Mills’ words and assurances, several years after his demise, a look at the new GH₵ 5, GHc 10, GH₵20, GH₵ 50, GH₵ 100 and GH₵ 200 cedis notes shows the names of the ‘Big Six’ boldly printed on each picture.

Ghana 100 cedi note
New 100 cedi notes showing the names of the ‘Big Six’ written on the note

The Bank of Ghana promised here a reward but chale, this is Ghana.

“If it comes fine, and if it doesn’t come fine, it’s all good,” she told The Ghana Report.

She said it was her belief that the concentration should rather be on the results, not the applause.

Asked if she would like to be rewarded by the government or the BOG for her contribution to the new cedi notes, she shrugged, burst into laughter and said, “I don’t know. Unfortunately, I really don’t know.”

(H/T: The Ghana Report)


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