Jul 29, 2011 at 9:30am
Gifty Anti, who comes from Asempanyin in the Central Region, is the last of eight children from the late Samuel Christian Kyei Anti, a police officer and her late mother, Madam Stella Idun who was a dealer in second hand clothing at Mankessim.
She had her early education at Tema community 8 “Number 1” Basic School, wrote the Common Entrance Examination in 1984 and went to Mfantsiman Girls Secondary School in Saltpond where she successfully completed her sixth form education.
Her desire to enter the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was aborted when she realised that she could not gain admission to the university due to ill-health.
She later studied at the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 1994, although she initially wanted to do Public Relations, she got stuck to Journalism.
Gifty currently holds a Masters degree in International Journalism from City University in London, and has also attended a number of training courses at the United Nations, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and had internship at SABC-Africa in South Africa.
Her first broadcast experience was at Joy FM where she was a regular panelist on the “Young Generation” and “Every Woman” programmes.
Gifty got to GTV not as a presenter but as a Floor Manager and by dint of hard work, climbed up the ladder to become one of Ghana's leading broadcasters as well as a role model to young girls.
Her impressive output culminated in her moving from being a Floor Manager to hosting the Breakfast Show.
Currently, Gifty hosts The Standpoint, a private production by GDA Concepts. It is aired on GTV twice a week — 8.15 p.m. on Fridays and repeated at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The programme looks at issues affecting mainly, women and the programme has brought out challenges women face and has opened doors for women to express themselves.
Gifty said to date there had been 141 episodes of The Standpoint which had seen panelists discussing topics such as Is Marriage the Ultimate?, Dealing With a Broken Heart, Life Without a Biological Child, Cervical Cancer, Safe Pregnancy, Understanding the Pregnant Woman, Breast Cancer, Pregnancy Did Not Stop Me, Life With a Sickle Cell Child, Life With an Autistic Child, The Muslim Man and Gender Equality, Women and Politics, among others.
According to Gifty, she is a staunch fan of Asante Kotoko, and while she is unable to explain the reason for supporting the club, she confesses her association with the club has to do with her father who was once the local chairman.
Where does her inspiration come from? It comes from every successful woman such as Gifty Affenyi-Dadzie, Joyce Aryee, Ms Gloria Akuffo, Mrs Georgina Wood, the First Lady, Theresa Kufuor and many others.
Although she refused to name the man in her life, Gifty admitted she is very much attached and content with what she has at the moment.
Watching television, reading and sleeping are the things she does during her leisure time.
A word for her fans: “I am grateful to all my fans for their support. They should continue praying for me in everything I do for me to perform credibly. In any situation my advice is stay focused and don’t be deterred in realising your dreams.”