She was born in 1974 in London, United Kingdom, to Ghanaian parents Peter and Mary Afriyie.
Lucy spent her formative years in both Europe and Africa which nurtured her into a highly adaptable personality. From London to Nigeria and then to Ghana, she was exposed to different cultures and people at very early stages in her life. Lucy’s truly Ghanaian experience began when she was nine. On arrival in Ghana she was enrolled into Happy Home Academy. She went on to secondary school at Wesley Girl’s High School in Cape Coast and did her sixth form in Presbyterian Boy’s Secondary School, Accra.
Lucy went on to study engineering at the University of East London graduating with a first class honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Lucy’s choice of studying engineering was the most natural choice for her. As a little girl Lucy had been taught many engineering skills at home like fixing fuses and light bulbs by her dad who is an electrical engineer. Her parents created an environment for her where her gender was irrelevant, what mattered was her ability and ambition.
She joined Ford Motor Company right out of school and was awarded a student sponsorship which included time out from University to develop more practical engineering skills.
In 2004, after 10 years at Ford, she enrolled at INSEAD and earned her MBA. In 2008 she moved back to Africa with her family.