Ghana is a country renowned for hardworking women who achieve above all odds. On International Women’s Day, we’re looking at women that inspire us. Here are a few of them.
Among other things, she can be said to be an entrepreneur, actress, TV presenter, singer, producer and manager. She was awarded an MBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours and in 2017 she received the Ghana Peace Awards Humanitarian Service Laureate in Accra, Ghana. In mid-September of 2020 she was appointed by Asante Kotoko as their International Relations Manager. The best known to us as the founder of GUBA. Formerly known as Ghana UK Based Achievements, it is now called Grow Unite Build Africa, with a focus in the whole continent. Regularly tuning into her cutting interviews on the Odana Network on YouTube, Dentaa is a true inspiration!
Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo (née Griffiths-Randolph) is the current first lady of Ghana. Daughter of former judge and speaker of the house, Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph, she is no stranger to politics which surely adds to insight the current Ghanaian president has within his close immediate circle. As First lady, she has been praised for advocating the fight of the disease Malaria in Ghana and has been recognised as a nutrition champion for fighting against malnutrition in children and adolescents, and outstanding contribution to women’s health and efforts against infant mortality in Ghana and across Africa. In 2017, she established the Rebecca Akufo-Addo foundation, a non-governmental organisation with a mission to enhance efforts of the government amongst Ghanaian women and children. We salute the first lady.
Bamford-Addo is a barrister and judge who served as the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana from 2009 to 2013. The Speaker’s position is the third most important in Ghana. She was previously a Supreme Court Judge. Following her appointment to the Supreme Court bench, she became the first woman to become a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana. She was also the first woman to be elected Speaker in such a position in the West African sub-region. Along with her national and international workshops she regularly holds, she has served as the representative from Ghana at the UN Commission on the Status of women international conferences.
These are just three inspirational Ghanaian women of note. There are many more. We must note that a report by the Mastercard Index of Women’s Entrepreneurship (MIWE) reveals that Ghana is producing more female entrepreneurs than any other country in the world. So mark this as the first time of many that we honour high achieving women in Ghana and the diaspora.