The second edition of the Ghana Outstanding Women’s Awards was launched on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at the British Council in Accra. The launch signaled the official opening of nominations for women who have inspired social change in their societies through their fields of endeavour. The founder of the event Afua Asantewaa Aduonum, promised an upgrade of this year’s edition with a series of events as a follow up to the main event on the 1st of November 2019 in Accra under the theme ‘Impacting Society through Giving’. There were solidarity messages from dignitaries from Ghana and Nigeria.
After the success of the maiden edition of the Ghana Outstanding Women’s Award, some notable women in the society have applauded the initiative as necessary to empowering women and changing the narrative of the role of the woman in Ghana. The founder and Chief Executive Officer of G.O.W.A Afua Asantewaa Aduonum was appreciative of the successful patronage of last year’s edition and assured the audience of not relenting on the overall goal of the initiative. “The journey has been great, last year was really amazing and this year we are looking forward to taking it to greater heights. We are also going to ensure that this awards scheme goes very far to cover the entire globe”, she said.
The General Manager of G.O.W.A, Afra – Harry, stated that it was the success of the maiden edition of the event and the encouragement from the women in Ghana, other humanitarians and organizations that led them into making G.O.WA an annual occasion. “We can boast of 650 people who turned out for the maiden edition last year. And, most of the attendants, after realizing and appreciating the impact women in Ghana are having on their immediate societies, suggested that we have this event every year. We hope G.O.W.A becomes a success for the second time and that would rely on patronage from you all”, he explained.
The founder of ‘Mothers of the Earth’, a Non – Governmental organization in Nigeria, Hajia Hafsatu Yusif, applauded the efforts of the organizers of the event and said that G.O.W.A was eventually changing the narrative of the role of the African woman. “Women all over the world, have exemplified themselves to be kind industrious and outstanding in all human endeavours. The greatest challenge to the African Woman is the cultural and environmental barriers, but our coming together like this is to improve on where we are today and where we hope to be in future”, she said.
There were also other solidarity messages from some of the special guests namely Salley Akua Amoakowaa – General Manager of Angel Tv, Maame Afua Houadjeto – C.E.O of Image Consortium, Emefa Adeti – Ghana’s Most Beautiful 2012, and REV. Dr. Francisca Duncan Williams – founder of Doxa Cetadel. The audience also entertained with some musical performances from Afropop act ‘Mish J’ and and ‘Araya’.
By Jerry Wonder