This article was written in commemoration of the International Women’s day Celebration in Ghana. Women over the years have proven to be a vital part of the human race. And their importance cannot be overemphasized. We have seen women political leaders, bankers, engineers, scientist, and Nobel laureates among others who have made significant contributions to humanity.
The following young Ghanaian Women have distinguished themselves in their chosen field of work and have achieved stallion feats of success. Inspiring of all is that, these women are not only dedicated to their professions, but have also taken it upon themselves to become positive agents of change in their communities
through various mentorship and training programs.
Below are 10 Inspiring young Ghanaian women worthy of recognition and celebration on a day as this.
1. Ohemaa Adjei Andoh: Is passionate about encouraging and inspiring young girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and this fuelled her to start Girls in Science and Technology (GIST), an organization that encourages young females and empowers them by showing them a representation of Ghanaian women in STEM careers and sharing their journey and growth with them amongst other things.
GIST was awarded the Outstanding Women Social Community Award at the Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA 2020) and Ohemaa Andoh was nominated as an Outstanding Woman in Innovation at the same awards that year. Among other things She has six(6) years experience in the Oil and Gas Industry as a Cementing and Stimulations Engineer and worked in offshore operations in Ghana and Nigeria and supported projects in Ivory Coast, Senegal and Mauritania.
She also had her First degree at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) where she studied BSc. Geological Engineering,
Ohemaa Andoh believes everyone has a light in them that needs to illuminate the path for generations after them. According to Ohemaa, her greatest achievement is being a mother to two amazing children
2. Amanda Pokua Adjei: Formerly Amanda Pokua Josephson, is a planning officer by profession, an entrepreneur and the founder of decent ladies network. Amanda Pokua is currently a Principal Development Planning Officer with the Local Government Service of Ghana specifically with the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly.
Driven to cause a change and give back to society, Amanda started the decent ladies network where she brings young ladies together to share life experiences, mentors and motivates them to be agents of societal change.
Amanda dabbles her work as a planning officer with her other duties as a co-manager/CEO of De-Kings Hotel at Tarkwa, she owns an electrical shop, and also a farmer.
An alumni of Tamale Secondary School where she pursued Business and then graduated with BA Integrated Development Studies at the University for Development Studies. She then obtained MBA in HRM at the University of Cape Coast. Amanda also pursued other professional courses along the line e.g a diploma in procurement and women in management certificate. Amanda is married with 3 children.
3. Henrietta Asamoah is a self-motivated Computer Engineer with a keen interest in finding innovative solutions to problems. Henrietta worked with Lerti Arts as a game developer where she developed games and many kids’ animations. She later joined Vodafone Ghana and is currently working there as a Solution Architect.
Henrietta also doubles as the Google Business Group Accra Lead. Google Business Group (GBG) is a non-profit community of business professionals who share knowledge about Google products and web technologies to assist business owners, start-up and young professionals succeed in their work.
In 2015 Henrietta was granted an interview with BBC radio where she addressed various stereotypes that young women deal with in their pursuit of STEM-related courses in Africa.
She pursued Computer Engineering at the University of Ghana. Henrietta aspires to empower and help people through creative inventions and play an influential role in the tech industry
4. Sedinam Barbara Dwamena: Is currently a system engineer and a frontend web developer at 64robots, a remote company. Barbara Studied General Science at Wesley Girls High School and then went on to study Computer Engineering at the University of Ghana. She did her national service at Nfortics Financial Technology and was retained to work there until April 2019 where she got a job offer at 64robots. Barbara is also a member of an organization called Frontend foxes where she’ll be a mentor for their upcoming spring school.
5. Ruth Medufia: Is one of the few women in the male-dominated industry of welding. Born in the suburbs of Sekondi- Takoradi, Ghana, and breaking barriers in her industry Ruth is determined to become a role model and an inspiration for women in the construction industry. In 2018, she was listed among BBC’S 100 most influential and inspiring women in the world.
6. Christabel Ofori-Atta: Started her career in the oil and gas industry as a Completions Engineer with Halliburton in Ghana. Now, Christabel works as a Well Test Engineer with Schlumberger. Halliburton and Schlumberger are both global oilfield services companies. Currently, she is offshore on an oil rig delivering Well Test service for Shell in Nigeria.
Chris pursued a Bachelor of Science in Petrochemical Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and graduated in 2017 at the top of her class with First Class Honours.
7. Regina Agyare: Is a Ghanaian software developer, social entrepreneur, and founder of Soronko Solutions, a software development company in Ghana. Alumni of Holy Child High School, Cape Coast, and Ashesi University, Regina started her Soronko foundation in 2012. A part of it later became Soronko Academy, the first coding and Human-centered design school for children and young adults in West Africa. Regina is focused on training children and young adults in coding, and IT skills. And has recently started the Tech Needs Girls program which has trained over 3,500 girls in Ghana and Burkina Faso. Her work has received several recognition around the globe. A Mandela Washington Fellow, 2017 BBC’S 100 most influential and inspiring women in the world, named by CNN as one of the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM.
8. Dr. Judy Amanor-Boadu: Is a trained electrical engineer who’s focus is creating new STEM opportunities for girls in Ghana. Amanor-Boadu received her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and Texas A&M respectively. According to Dr. Judy, she was inspired during her graduate studies at Texas A&M University to start a series of girls’ robotics clubs in her home country of Ghana. “I am motivated to provide to these girls what I did not receive and to see them succeed in their careers because they had this opportunity,” said Amanor-Boadu. The pilot program of her robotics club is being carried out at Christ the King International School in Accra, Ghana. At the moment a group of 20 young girls are working on a Lego robots.
9. Stephanie Ode Wilson: Is Ghana’s youngest real estate developer and perhaps in West Africa and the founder. By age 21 Ode was building and selling houses. A graduate of Kumasi Girls Senior High School and currently at Bluecrest University. According to Stephanie, she took interest in the construction industry as a child, and by age 17 had committed herself to learn by any means necessary and surrounded herself with constructors and architects at any given time during her days in High School. In November 2017 at age 20, together with her expertise and a strong network, she coordinated and built a team of constructors. She led a client acquisition campaign, brought in the contracts under her company name and build a 3-bedroom apartment and completed her first sale in the same year. She real estate company christened ‘Scown Properties
Miriam Randolph-Akushie: Is the Co-Founder of HerEnergy Africa, an initiative aiming to foster women’s participation in the energy industry. We highlight and upskill women in the industry, and we’re initiating our flagship program through which we teach engineering skills to girls aged 10-14.
Mariam has always been passionate about women empowerment. In university, she co-founded a women’s club, which was funded by the Netherlands Foreign Affairs ministry, where she and her group led various campaigns to sensitise students and the general public on various topics. Our most successful was a rape campaign. She also founded a chapter of a women’s organisation to teach corporate and business skills to female students.
A part from being a women’s advocate Miriam is currently working as a Well Completions Engineer at Halliburton. She is involved in offshore job design, equipment preparation and installation. As a second role at work she coordinates internal supply chain processes.
Mariam Studied Petroleum Engineering at the Kwame Nkrumah University of science and Technology.
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