Biography

Maria Vanderpuye

Maria Vanderpuye was born on 17th May 1947 in Renkum, Holland. She is the only child of Jan and Marga Brandsen, a Dutch middle class working couple. She attended a catholic primary school in Renkum and then went on to a vocational school in the same town.

In 1963, Maria made the move from Holland to Ghana and married Seth Oswald Nii Armah Vanderpuye, a technical officer with the Animal Husbandry division of the Ministry of Agriculture. During their twenty-four-year marriage, Maria and Seth became proud parents of four daughters.

Maria never completed her formal education after moving to Ghana at a young age but industrious and hardworking as she is, she taught herself many trades. To support her family, Maria became a trader, farmer, seamstress and eventually an art and craft teacher for both children and adults.

Although moving to Ghana was not Maria’s personal choice, she fell in love with the country and the people. After the death of her beloved husband Seth, Maria took their children back to Holland to further their education and as soon as their youngest child reached adulthood, Maria moved back to Ghana.

She is now retired and lives in East Legon, a suburb of Accra. Maria spends her days doing her favourite hobbies of sewing, embroidery, gardening, cooking and baking and spending time with her beloved dogs.