|Intro||Ghanaian Engineer and Television Executive|
|A.K.A.||Eva Naa Merley Lokko|
6 October 2016
|Politics||Progressive People’s Party|
Eva Naa Merley Lokko (died 6 October 2016) was a Ghanaian engineer and politician. She was the first woman to be chosen as the Vice-Presidential candidate of the Progressive People’s Party.
She partnered the flagbearer of the PPP, Paa Kwesi Nduom in the 2012 Presidential and parliamentary elections. She was the first female Managing Director of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.
Lokko attended Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast. She was an engineer by profession and held a master’s degree in Intelligent Management Systems, System Analysis and Design.
Lokko was the first Satellite Communications Engineer and the first woman engineer to be employed at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in 1972. She was part of the engineering team that installed and maintained Ghana’s first colour television infrastructure in 1985.
She worked in more than forty countries across the world in various capacities. She served as regional programme coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme initiative for Internet development in Africa. She also served with the United Nations for thirteen years and as chair of the UN Federation of International Civil Servants Association and the United Nations Staff Council and as a member of the UNDP News Advisory Board.
She was the Chief Executive Officer of Totally Youth, a Non Governmental Organization based in Accra.
In 2002, she was appointed Director-General of the GBC, becoming the first and only woman to hold that position since the corporation was established in 1953.
A Christian, Lokko was a member of the Methodist Church of Ghana. She was a member of the highest decision-making bodies of the church—Conference and Synod. She was also the chairperson of the Youth Advisory Board and served on other committees of the church in various capacities.
Lokko hailed from the Greater Accra Region of Ghana and was fluent in several local and international languages. She spoke English, Russian and French. She died on 6 October 2016.