On March 12, 1982 a child was born at the University of Ghana Hospital, Legon, Accra to the late Joseph Churchill Anku from Vakpo and Grace Amenyogbeli from Kpando in the Volta Region. This wonderful baby girl was named Sylvia Sena Anku.
Sena grew up in Madina as a playful and yet very obedient little girl. Ask Sena to sit in one place and Sena would remain seated there for as long as necessary. Sena would participate in several activities at school and at church even at her tender age. As a toddler, Sena was extremely funny and loved to play and dance. Even before she could walk, she would momentarily stand up just to make some moves. This would be the beginning of the multi-talented individual that Sena would become.
At age two, she started her pre-school at the Social Welfare Demonstration outfit, Madina. From there, she moved on to Achimota Preparatory School (nursery one to class six). Here, she was well known for her friendliness, kindness and discipline. A staunch member of the Girls Guide she was and participated actively in all events. As she progressed in years, her attention to detail and principled character became pronounced and outstanding. Sena went on to attend junior and senior secondary education at Achimota School. In Achimota, she studied General Arts (1998 and 2000). Interestingly, she joined the cadet corps, and became the first female cadet commander in the school’s history. For this, she was honoured – an impeccable achievement that is yet to be broken.
Her quest for discipline called for her appointment as a Sanctions Prefect of her dormitory, Slessor House. This position gave her authority to mete out punishments to deviant students, her classmates included.
Upon completion of Achimota School, she pursued her Bacholors Degree in Business Administration specializing in Accounting at the Methodist University College of Ghana . At the end of the programme, she graduated in the Second Class Upper Division. In 2006, she was exempted from ACCA Levels 1, 2.1 and 2.2. It was her goal to pursue the ACCA to completion. Between 2007 and 2009, she pursued and successfully completed an International Executive MBA in Banking and Finance with Paris Graduate School of Management while working full-time. Sena also successfully completed courses in Finance, Credit and Risk Management at the Stanbic Bank Training School. This is the hallmark of an achiever.
Sena’s exceptional work ethic earned her great reverence from every institution that had the opportunity to engage her talent. Her career path started with the Finance Department of Barclays Bank of Ghana Ltd, Accra where she did her attachment between August and October, 2004 and again in September, 2005.
She did her national service with the Finance and Accounts Department of Metropolitan Insurance Company Ltd, Accra as an Accounts Officer between 2005 and 2006.
Her full time career commenced at the Head Office of Unibank Ghana Limited between 2006 and 2008. At Unibank, she excelled in various capacities and departments including the Back Office, Foreign Department and Money Systems.
Later on, she joined Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited in 2008 as a Business Banker at the Makola Branch and became the second in command. Her unparalleled track record, earned her a transfer to the Stanbic bank Head Office at Valco Trust House to occupy the position of Transactional Banker.
She grew up as a member of Action Chapel International, Adenta branch where she served selflessly in the ushering and the youth departments. Her punctuality and dedication to her work inspired both young and old in the church. On Sundays and other church event days, she would leave home before the rest of the family and stay on after the end of the church service to ensure that everything was in place before and after the event.
Sena made friends with ease and it was common to see her joking heartily with her neighbours, many of whom she adorned with funny nicknames. She was also well-known and respected by members of the police for her astute knowledge of her rights and her resilience to stand by them.
Sena was the mother of a beautiful baby girl she christined Mychelle Sedinam Anku-Alhassan born on November 26, 2010.
Sadly, Sena fell seriously ill shortly after the birth of Sedinam. With the support and prayers of the family, Stanbic Bank, friends and doctors in Ghana and the U.K., Sena, braved the situation with hearty spirit and a positive attitude. Her confidence in her recovery was matched by no other.
On that fateful Sunday February 13, 2011 at approximately 7:40pm G.M.T., amidst all the prayer and support, the Lord God Almighty in his infinite wisdom called Sena home.