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Audrey Osei-Mensah 1936 –2016

Audrey Laura Osei-Mensah was born in East Ham and professed faith in Christ aged 14, through her confirmation class in Wanstead. In 1955 she went up to Birmingham University to read geography. As she wrote in her memoirs: ‘It was during my first year that Bible study replaced geography as my first love, which it has remained ever since!’

Julia Cameron, Oxford

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She served on the Birmingham CU Exec alongside a thoughtful student from Ghana: Gottfried Osei-Mensah, with whom she maintained a friendship while teaching at Clarendon School from 1959 to 1962. In 1962 she applied for a position with SIM in Nigeria, whereupon Gottfried, by now with Mobil Oil in Accra, proposed to her. At her father’s suggestion, she first went to Ghana for three months to get to know Gottfried’s family and context. They married the following year.