The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation,Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful was last weekend awarded the Excellence in Governance category for her leadership in championing gender representation in politics, education and entrepreneurship at the seventh annual Ghana Women of Year Honours.
The event, which was organised by Glitz Africa, sought to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding women making an impact in society.
The annual event also serves as a platform to encourage, mentor, support and empower the younger generation, especially women to continue to excel and strive higher towards excellence in their chosen careers.
Other honourees for the award included the Managing Director of the First Africa Group Limited, Mrs Gifty Affenyi Dadzie, who was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award; Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, former Minister for Education received Excellence Award in Education and the Head, Paediatric Oncology Unit at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Lorna Awo Renner was honoured with excellence in Health category.
Also at the event, Dr Otiko Afisah Djaba received the excellence in Humanitarian of the Year award; the Excellence in Media award was received by Oheneyere Gifty Anti, while the Excellence in Music award went to Ohemaa Mercy.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful with from right: Claudia Lumor , Founder, Glitz Africa; Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, Member of Parliament for Akuapem North; Ama Pomaah Boateng, Deputy Minister for Communications and Digitalisation; Lexy Boahene, team lead for Ghana Cares Unit under the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation and Mr Alexander Arphul, Ag. Chief Director Ministry of Communications
The Deputy Managing Director, the Ghana Stock Exchange, Madam Abena Amoah received the Corporate Personality of the year award with Madam Alice Abena Ofori-Atta, the Managing Director, TDC Development Company going home with the Excellence in Public Service honours.
Also, the Chief Executive Officer for Strategic Communications Africa Limited, Ms Esther Cobbah, was honoured with Excellence in Business category; the founder &Creative Director for Christie Brown, Madam Aisha Ayensu received the Excellence in Fashion Force, while Excellence in Technology category was awarded to Madam Rosy Fynn.
The Chief of Staff, Mrs Frema Osei-Opare, in her congratulatory message commended all the nominees for working hard to make the country a better place.
She said it was important for women to inspire and encourage one another to excel higher in their professional endeavours.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, in her brief remarks, expressed gratitude to the organisers for the recognition of her contributions to women and girls empowerment in the country.
She said women representation in all social spheres was important to her and that she would continue to mentor and encourage them to take all opportunities presented.
Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful disaplying a citation she received from the organisers
She mentioned that the Girls-in-ICT programme under the ministry was one initiative that sought to provide computer literacy and digital skills for young girls so they take interests in technology and innovation, adding that she was optimistic that the training will help girls build career paths to become globally competitive.