Television host and entrepreneur Deloris Frimpong Manso, popularly known as "Delay" has won the much-coveted Outstanding Woman of the Year at this year’s Verna Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA).
Delay, 38, pipped actresses Nana Ama McBrown, Joselyn Dumas as well as Margaret Afriyie, and Cynthia Yeboah to the topmost award at the GOWA, an initiative to honour and award women making significant progress and impact in their various fields.
In her acceptance speech at the GOWA ceremony held on Friday at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, Delay said as a university dropout who came from very humble beginnings, her win should serve as an inspiration to women across the country.
"This is the biggest, Woman of the Year, that's big. I'm overwhelmed and humbled and challenged and inspired at the same time," she said.
"There is saying that to whom much is given much is expected, it means that I have been tasked to do more to push myself and keep inspiring women that it doesn't matter where you are coming from, your looks, it doesn't matter your educational background.
"Because as a university dropout and look at where I am today? I am the woman of the year and I am dedicating this award to women in all industries".
The award was Delay's second of the night. She had earlier picked up the Outstanding Woman TV Personality for her television program, the Delay Show which has been running since 2008.
With tears streaming down her face, Delay recalled how she was once homeless and received support from no one except her sister.
"From being homeless to being the owner of houses, from not knowing what to eat to being a businesswoman and having a company that supplies food to Ghanaians. It's a miracle, it's only God. I will like to dedicate this award to my sister and the blessed memory of my mother".
According to Mrs Afua Asantewaa Aduonum, the Chief Executive Officer of ASKOF Productions (organisers of GOWA), the event acknowledges game-changers in their respective fields of endeavour, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Afia Pokua won the ultimate award at the maiden event in 2018, with fashion designer Velma Owusu-Bempah picking the topmost prize last year.
See the full list of winners at the Ghana Outstanding Women Awards 2020
Princess Antwi - SHERO OF THE YEAR
Miss Health Ghana - WOMAN BEAUTY PAGEANT
Phylis Vesta Boison (Miss Malaika 19) - WOMAN BEAUTY QUEEN
Nana Ama Mcbrown - WOMAN BRAND INFLUENCER
Comfort Oduro Nyarko - WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR
Edith Wheatland - WOMAN IN AGRIBUSINESS
Gloria Sarfo - WOMAN IN FILM
Dr Mensah Kabu - WOMAN IN HEALTH
Anita Pearl Mwinnabang (The Female Painter) - WOMAN IN INNOVATION
Empress Gifty - WOMAN IN MUSIC
Hon. Nana Ama-Dokua Asiamah Adjei - WOMAN IN POLITICS
Sandra Mensimah (Weight Lifting) - WOMAN IN SPORTS
Prisca Abah - WOMAN MODEL
Deloris Frimpong Manso (Delay) - WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Ohemaa Woyeje - WOMAN RADIO PERSONALITY
GIST - WOMAN SOCIAL COMMUNITY
Nana Akua Amankwah (TV3) - WOMAN SPORT JOURNALIST
Deloris Frimpong Manso - WOMAN TV PERSONALITY
GH Media Cosmetology School - WOMAN VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE
Princess Duncan - WOMAN YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR
Girl Vibes (ETV) - WOMEN EMPOWERMENT TV/RADIO SHOW