Girls in Entrepreneurship Awards launched

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Madam Sylvia Tweneboah-Koduah speaks at the event

Women in Entrepreneurship-Ghana (WIEG) launched the first edition of the Women in Entrepreneurship Awards (WIEA) to recognize and honor women entrepreneurs who contribute to economic growth and advance the agenda to empower women.

WIEA aims to showcase women owned companies and recognize women entrepreneurs from conceivable industries, while shedding a national light on their hard work and efforts to improve life in Ghana amid the harshness of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sylvia Tweneboah-Koduah, President of WIEG, said at the opening in Accra that women still have lower participation rates in entrepreneurship than men, although the number of women-owned businesses is increasing across the country.

She said women generally remained low-income earners with poor marketable skills and were usually among the first to be laid off during a recession. Therefore, bold and daring steps are required to support and promote entrepreneurship among women.

Madam Tweneboah-Koduah, who is also WIEA’s Chief Executive Officer, underlined the need for women to be offered training, support and mentoring in starting and expanding their businesses.

She reiterated that these services should be tailored to the needs of women and said: “As part of the WIEG programs, WIEA intends to work diligently to implement these plans”.

Regarding WIEA 2021, she said the award program includes 23 categories and 16 award winners, including Nana Yeboah Pene II, Queen Mother of Chira in Sunyani West Parish; Afia Pokua, Program Manager at Despite Media Group; and Oheneyere Gifty D. Anti, Chief Executive Officer of GDA Media Limited and host of Standpoint TV programs.

The event, scheduled for November, will also honor some outstanding personalities such as Dr. Kwaku Kwaku Oteng, Chief Executive Officer of the Angel Group of Companies; Dr. Felix Anyah, Executive Chairman of the Holy Trinity Medical Center and Holy Trinity Spa and Health Farm; and Mr. Mario Bakare, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of L’Chaim Event Hub.

The award categories include Entrepreneur of the Year; Beauty and Lifestyle Brand of the Year; Most Promising Woman of the Year; Student Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovative Company of the Year, TV Presenter of the Year; Hairdresser of the year; Cosmetics shop of the year.

Others are AgriWoman of the Year; Fashion designer of the year; Family business of the year; Publicist of the Year; Makeup Artist of the Year; Actress of the year; Baker of the Year; Social Media Influencer of the Year; Superwoman of the year; Food / Catering Service of the Year; and virtual shop of the year.

Mr. Henry Assumeng Ankrah, President of the Hean Group of Companies, who praised WIEG for the commendable initiative, also highlighted the need to empower women and provide them with equal job opportunities.

Mr Ankrah, who chaired the occasion, said the initiative would encourage young people not only to focus on office jobs but to embrace entrepreneurship, which would eventually be a solution to problems related to unemployment.

Mr. Ankrah, who is also the founder of the Hean 1 Foundation, said the Foundation, which had a core mandate to empower children, orphans and the less privileged in society, is helping; and adds that they offer craft training to improve their income-generating opportunities to transform lives.