Many great people start from a small and humble beginning and that’s exactly what comes with Lt Col Laurinda Adusu-Donkor who had her humble beginnings from contesting in the 1993 edition of the prestigious National Science and Maths Quiz.
In this article, we throw a spotlight on Lt Col Laurinda Adusu-Donkor starting from her journey after high school right to where she finds herself now and the waters she had to maneuver to get to the top of the ladder.
Currently, at the top of her game, she is excelling in her dual career as a biomedical scientist and a soldier right here in Ghana and there is the need to use her as an encouragement to those habouring the desire to come into the competition.
Background of Lt Col Laurinda Adusu-Donkor:
From the first edition of the National Science and Maths Quiz in the 1993/94 academic year, St. Rose’s SHS was eliminated in the Southern Sector semifinals by Achimota School and Laurinda Adusu-Donkor was a member of that St. Roses team.
Achimota SHS was the eventual Southern Sector Champions who then lost to Prempeh College in the National Champion of Champions contest in 1994.
Life after St. Rose’s SHS
After her great time and experience in high school, Laurinda studied Biochemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) and graduated in 1999 with Honours. Out of love, in August 2002, she enlisted into the Ghana Armed Forces and was commissioned as a Lieutenant.
She then started a double career as a soldier and scientist with the Ghana Army with a posting to the Chemical Pathology and Immunology Department of the 37 Military Hospital Pathology Division as a Biomedical Scientist (BMS).
She earned an EMBA Human Resource Management option from the University of Ghana Business School in 2013, and an MPhil in Chemical Pathology from the College of Health Sciences at the University of Ghana in September 2021.
Dual Career: Soldier & Biomedical Scientist
For starters, from her initial posting in the Chemical Pathology and Immunology Department of the 37 Military Hospital Pathology Division, she rose through the ranks diligently and is currently the Head of the Department of the Chemical Pathology Department.
Lt Col Adusu-Donkor has had vast experience in United Nations Peacekeeping operations in different war-torn countries such as La Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, and twice in Southern Lebanon, where she was the senior Force Management officer of the 2015 operation. She has thus seen and experienced the devastating nature of war and armed conflicts.
Laurinda is a happily married mother of two, who enjoys Handicrafts, gardening, watching television and movies in her spare time.