Women making waves: A walk with Jane Awoonor-Williams

BY: Jayne Buckman-Owoo
Jane Awoonor-Williams: A woman making waves
Jane Awoonor-Williams

Undoubtedly, many women are doing very well for themselves in their fields of endeavour with many of them breaking the glass ceiling with their achievements.

Indeed, the saying that ‘what men can do, women can do better’ has become more relevant in this age and one such woman who is blazing the trail in the beauty and wellness industry is Jane Awoonor-Williams, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SPA 216.

If grace, class and serenity were a person, she would wear that crown. Jane established Spa 216 in 2010 and has two branches - one at Kokomlemle and the other at Dzorwulu and speaking on her motivation for opening a spa at a time when it wasn’t so popular, she said, “I have always been fascinated with beauty and wellness and what better way to show that than to be of help to other people, to make sure that you bring the best in them.

“To have a place that people come to and disconnect from the pressures of life and reconnect with themselves. I established it because I saw it as a place where people come and reconnect with themselves.

“Spa 216 was born out of love, understanding and a passion for wellness. The spa is committed to delivering all aspects of wellness and beauty services with grace, love and honesty providing an inspiration for a lifestyle change.

“In an atmosphere that delights all the senses, one is transported to a different place in time. The objective here is for our guests to be still and reconnect with their inner being. Spa 216 is a haven for contemplation and discovery.”

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According to Jane, both branches are doing very well and she is most grateful. Some of the services provided at Spa 216 are The Lady Jane Massage, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Head Massage, Executive Men’s Facial, Detox Facial, Hyper-pigmentation, Facial Acne Facial Treatment and Deep Cleansing Facial.

Others are Champagne Pedicure, Jelly Pedicure, Skin Brushing, Vaginal Steaming, Butt Facials among others.

Jane Awoonor-Williams says people should be true to themselves

Perhaps Jane was really meant to be in the beauty and wellness industry because in the year 2000 she participated in the Miss Lux Universe pageant and though she didn’t win the ultimate, she took a thing or two along with her. “I keep saying that that experience was a defining moment for me because in a way it made me who I am. You are taken through a lot of grooming that prepares you for life so I would say that the pageant did a lot for me.”

Giving some basic tips of how to care for the hair, skin and nails, this is what Jane had to say, “I would say that sleep a lot because our bodies are revived when we sleep, there is restoration when we sleep.

“Also, drink a lot of water; another good tip is having massages, massage is a good way to help you with proper blood circulation, it helps you sleep better and it makes you more balanced as a human being..”

Jane has a great sense of fashion so we asked her what her secret is. “I am very flattered by this question, I always say that my mind is as beautiful as the way I look. I think that once you have a good mind, you attract good things so if I dress well, if I put myself together well, I believe that I am also inviting everything good to come my way,” she stated.

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Jane Awoonor-Williams is an old student of Mfantsiman Girls. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Coast where she majored in Psychology. Her mum Elizabeth Araba Sam is from Mankessim while her dad Moses Awoonor-Williams has Ewe and Nzema roots. She has an elder brother Jude on her mum’s side while her dad has other children.

While growing up, Jane always dreamt of making an impact in the beauty industry. For this reason, she enrolled in the London School of Beauty and Make-up in November 2009 to improve her knowledge in beauty therapy. Prior to setting up Spa 216, she was the Promotions Executive at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.

Thereafter, she became an Executive Director of Sparrow Productions, who held the Miss Ghana pageant franchise at the time. She was responsible for grooming, image enhancement and etiquette.

Jane has a wealth of valuable experience in beauty, wellness and entertainment. It is not surprising that she is an award winning make-up artiste, receiving acclaim for the roles in her roles in the production of box-office hits like Adam’s Apples and The Perfect Picture from Sparrow Productions, run by her friend Shirley Frimpong Manso.

She is a determined woman who is willing to work hard for what she wants.

Sharing her hobbies, she disclosed that, “I travel a lot, my hobby is travelling and I am also a reader, I read a lot and I also love writing. Everybody who knows me knows that I love to write. One of these days there is going to be a book from me so watch out for it.”

Getting a little closer to her, one would notice her calm persona and she told Graphic Showbiz that she is able to find peace even when external factors are challenging.

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Jane had a word or two for young people striving to be successful. “ What I will say is that we should be true to ourselves, just be true to yourselves and the people around you. Not everything you see on social media is real so be cautious.

“I follow the golden rule, I choose good over evil so what I don’t want somebody to do to me I don’t do it to another person. I live on the principle of love and my idea of God is totally different from others, I think that I can go to God through my own eyes, through myself I talk to God. I don’t over depend on men of God.

“People should have their own unique relationship with God and also do unto others what they want others to do to them,” she concluded.