06 Mar Smart, Bold and Incredibly Ambitious Ghanaian Women
10 of the Best Female Ghanaian Leaders Setting Global Records
There has been an interestingly divisive debate on the role of women in societies and their participation in economic activities. One side of the divide argues against increased women participation in all spheres of economic and social activities on a biological and cultural basis, whilst the other side has argued that a woman’s status in society depends crucially on her participation in economic and social activities and that the biology of sex does not confine the woman to the home.
Thankfully, women in Ghana have played critical roles in both the social-cultural and economic progression of the country. From Yaa Asantewa to Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the contributions of women have been remarkable in all aspects of Ghana’s role and position in the global scheme of things.
As part of SFAN’s celebration of Ghana’s Independence Day and Global Women’s Week, we are delighted to highlight some of the brightest Ghanaian women leaders who are setting global records:
Lucy Quist: International Business Leader, Thought Leader, Stem Advocate
Lucy Quist is an international business leader and technology professional. She believes that innovation through STEM is a requirement for developing countries to accelerate development. Therefore, she advocates for greater participation of young people in STEM as the foundation for accelerated development.
Lucy is a transformative leader who is passionate about realizing the potential of young people. She is also a highly sought-after public speaker, multiple award-winning personalities, a mother, and a wife.
Ms. Quist delivered a Keynote Speech at SFAN’s Quantum Leap Career Fair 2017.
Anita Erskine: Founder of AnitaErskine Media – a multi-faceted Communications Consultancy
Anita Erskine is a multi-talented and multi-faceted professional with almost 20 years media industry experience and a desire to make immense social changes in the lives of women across the globe.
Anita’s services as a bilingual compere are often sought after by some of Africa’s most reputable companies and brands, including Globacom, Vlisco, Ecobank Transnational, Surfline, Unilever, Vodafone, Standard Chartered Bank, Nestle and The Government of Ghana, to name but a few.
Ethel Cofie: CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting – an IT consulting company in West Africa and Europe
Named one of the Top 5 Women impacting IT in Africa, Ethel Cofie is the CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting, an IT Consulting Company in West Africa and Europe which was recently named IT Consulting Firm of the year by the Telecoms and IT Industry.
Ethel is also the Founder of Women in Tech Africa, Africa’s largest women in tech group with members in over 30 Africa countries and in the diaspora and growing. She created Women in Tech Week, a global event that started in 2016 which impacts over 10,00 women globally.
Cofie participated in a panel discussion at the second edition of SFAN Business Breakfast Meeting.
Akosua Annobil: Founder of AB2020 and Tech In Ghana Conference
Born and raised in London to Ghanaian parents, Akosua Annobil is an award-winning public relations manager and entrepreneur who has worked in the media industry since the mid-1990s and currently operates out of Accra, Ghana, and her hometown (UK).
As an early adopter of digital media, Akosua is a steering group member of Tech London Advocates’ Africa Group and has spent the past 15 years identifying online trends, developing niche concepts, and launching new products throughout the African diaspora. She is the founder of AB2020 and Tech In Ghana Conference.
Jemila Abdulai: Founding Editor of Circumspecte – a digital platform dedicated to insights and opinions on development, business, and more
Media and international development professional, Jemila Abdulai combine her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa.
Abdulai is the creative director and founding editor of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com; an online platform dedicated to meaningful insights, interaction and creative action related to Africa and Africans. She has written for Devex and the LSE Africa Blog, alongside features on Al-Jazeera, BBC, This Is Africa and Thought Catalog.
Jemila participated in the panel of the 4th edition of SFAN Business Breakfast Meeting, moderated the panel of Quantum Leap Career Fair 2017 on The Future of Work in Africa, and SFAN partnered with Circumspecte for the 5th edition of SFAN Business Breakfast Meeting.
Yvonne Ntiamoah: Head of Department – Radford University College Fashion
Yvonne Ntiamoah is Head of Radford’s Fashion Department. Growing up in the UK, Yvonne graduated from the University College for the Creative Arts at Epsom, Surrey UK. After being selected as one of the graduates from her University to participate in the UK Graduate Fashion Week, Yvonne worked in London as a fashion designer for 15 years before returning to Ghana in 2011.
In 2006, after winning the prestigious “Professional Ghanaian Award” for Designer of the Year, Yvonne was contracted to be part of the leadership team for the United Nations’ Catwalk the World, in support of the UN’s hunger program.
Ms. Ntiamoah serves as a mentor for SFAN Mentors and Mentees Network.
HRH Princess Sha Osei: Founder of SHA OSEI PR – A Consultancy & Events Firm
Akosua Osei-Loué is an entrepreneur based in Paris. Her businesses and projects comprise of SHA OSEI PR and SHA’s ATELIER a Creative Educational Atelier for children and non-English speaking Adults. Akosua frequently supports African associations whilst also developing a foundation of Leadership for Young Ghanaian and Jamaican Girls in honor of her late godmother, Miss Carmen Beckford MBE, and late Father, Ghanaian Chief, Nana Kwabena.
Princess Sha has been a huge supporter of SFAN’s mission of unlocking the potentials of young people in Ghana.
Yasmin Kumi: Founder of Africa Foresight Group – a boutique firm enabling the growth of local companies into global champions
Ms. Kumi founded AFG in 2015 to follow her passion for fostering local economic value creation in Africa. She is a Ghanaian/German senior business consultant with extensive working experience in the consumer goods and financial services sector, the research of family business groups and agriculture in African markets.
She is a Harambean (’16) and has also been appointed Executive Director of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. Yasmin holds an MBA degree and an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford. Prior to AFG, Kumi had a flourishing career at McKinsey & Company as a consultant.
Kumi participated in a panel discussion at SFAN’s Quantum Leap Career Fair 2017: Technology and The Future of Work.
Bertha Owusu: Founder of LumiereCouture – Luxury female fashion brand based in Ghana
Bertha Owusu is a former model and Miss Ghana 2000 finalist. She founded LumiereCouture, a clothing line focusing on the everyday needs of women. The aim and focus of the label are to meet the needs of all ladies in Ghana, Africa and across the world.
LumiereCouture is an exciting and fun label targeted at any lady who loves fashion. The brand cuts across the western world and Africa through sensational marketing strategies across social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. LumiereCouture won the Glitz Fashion Emerging Designer Award 2015 in Ghana.
Bertha has been a huge supporter of SFAN initiatives and was billed to speak at #FEBBM5 until her travel arrangements were unavoidably changed in the last minutes.
Berla Mundi: Radio/TV Personality, Event host, and more
With a following of over 500,000 people across West Africa, Berla Mundi, real name, Berlinda Addardey is one of the most sought-after Radio and TV hosts across Ghana. Mundi started her career as a contestant at the 2010 Miss Malaika Ghana competition where she placed second runner-up.
On Radio, she is described as the queen of entertainment having first started off with a daily segment on the mid-morning and drive-time shows on Live 91.9fm, the nation’s official frequency for the Young, Wild and Free. She has hosted many prestigious events including the launch, nominees announcement and industry night of the 2015 and 2016 as well as the 2017 Red Carpet of the Ghana Music Awards, the launch of the sports brand, Adidas in Ghana, USAID Women’s Month 2014, Miss Malaika Ghana 2014 and 2015, etc.
Berla participated in this #SFANLiveChat on how to become a media personality.
We look forward to what these ones will do next and we wish them the very best!
Acknowledgment: Amu, Nora Judith, The Role of Women in Ghana’s Economy (2005)
Tom-Chris Emewulu is the Founder & President of SFAN (Stars From All Nations). When he’s not building SFAN and helping entrepreneurs and rising professionals create fulfilling careers, he’s telling African innovation stories or advocating for people-centered policy. Tom-Chris is a former consultant at Mastercard Foundation, Seedstars Ambassador for Ghana, and the author of the forthcoming book: Breaking the Limits. He is a thought leader on youth development, social entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and the future of work.