U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Ghana, Ms. Stephanie S. Sullivan, has revealed how she was so much in love with popular crime series, Inspector Bediako, which used to be aired on local GTV in the 90s.
Ambassador Sullivan while addressing participants at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Investigations Pilot Project Donation Ceremony in Accra last Friday, told of how enthused she was whenever she sits to watch how the lead act, Oscar Provencal and his team of investigators, gather intelligence from the underworld to combat crime.
Ms. Sullivan in her previous engagement in Ghana from 1997 to 2001, served as the Political Chief in Accra.
Inspector Bediako was among several programs that got viewers glued to their seats in the 90S. It inspired admiration and was listed among era-defining programs Ghanaian television has witnessed.
Inspector Bediako tells the story of a model detective navigating tough crime puzzles in the city.
To Ms. Sullivan, the world has made a lot of progress in combating crime from those days but noted that Inspector Bediako would be astonished at how cybercrime is posing a lot of threat to the global economy.
“Those of you from Ghana may remember my favorite television show from when I served here previously. Inspector Bediako would be amazed at the Brave New World of Cyber Crime”, she said.
About S. Sullivan
Stephanie S. Sullivan, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Ghana on November 30, 2018. She formerly served as Ambassador to the Republic of Congo (2013-2017).
Most recently, she was the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, after having been Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central African Affairs and Security Affairs since January 2017.
Ambassador Sullivan was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources from 2011-2013. She was previously Managing Director of the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation.
She served multiple tours in the Executive Secretariat Operations Center, the State Department’s 24/7 briefing and crisis management center, as Director (2008-2010); Deputy Director (2003-2005); Senior Watch Officer (2002-2003); and Watch Officer (1988-89); and in the White House Situation Room (1989-90).
Ms. Sullivan served as the Political Chief in Accra, Ghana (1997-2001) and as a management, consular, and political officer in Douala and Yaoundé, Cameroon (1986-1988). Other Washington assignments include desk officer for Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso in the Bureau of African Affairs (1991-93) as well as post management and human resources positions supporting colleagues in Africa, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere.
Ms. Sullivan was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo (1980-1983) and later worked as Chief of Operations for the Africa Region at Peace Corps (1994-96).
Ambassador Sullivan graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and from the National War College with a Master of Science in National Security Strategy. She speaks French, Lingala, and some Spanish.