The end of my marriage is one of my biggest failures in life- Prof. Elsie Effah Kaufmann

Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann, National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) mistress, has stated that the breakup of her marriage is one of her biggest failures in life.

Speaking in an interview on Starr FM on November 2, 2023, Prof. Kaufmann shared that she went into marriage with the “till death do us apart” mindset, however, in reality, that was not going to be the case.

“When you get married, you’re expected to stay in it for life, right? So, I consider the breakup of a marriage one of my biggest failures in life because I went in there for life and life happened,” she said.

Prof. Kauffman, who also serves as the Dean of the School of Engineering Sciences for the University of Ghana shared some advice to young women preparing for marriage.

“First of all, you need to make wise choices and understand what you are getting into before you even get there and so know that human beings are not static.

“So, you don’t get married based on what you see at that time, note that you are going to be growing, the person may or may not grow so find somebody you can grow with,” she advised.


  1. Prof. I admire your charisma and eloquent knowledge of issues and a lot of women out there want you to be their role model. Infact prof. your experience in marriage is it a learning curve for our young ladies who are coming up to listen and learn from you. Prof as a student of science l always look up to people who have learnt science especially when it comes to women in persueing science and are helping solving problems and using science as a tool for development in the country. But Prof it seems our science is becoming more theoritical and not practical oriented. I am holding Msc in physics and l can tell you in authority that anytime my car break down l always call a wayside mechanic to come and fixed it for me so don’t you think is a dent in our image as a scientist and therefore there is the need to move away from theoretical science and focus on more practical science and there there is the need to introduce more pragmatic programs to deal with issues. I am also therefore suggesting that if we can have national science and maths quize that will focus on more of practical issues l think it will help us. Thank you and that’s my take.

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