The maiden edition of the InstinctWomen Awards (IWA) brought together and honoured women moving and shaking industries across various sectors in Ghana and beyond; with exceptional leadership and entrepreneurial expertise at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel on Friday, 1st October 1 2021.
Organized by Africa’s premium B2B events management organization, InstinctWave, IWA rewarded exceptional women of value and impact in various sectors and industries; to increase Gender Inclusiveness, visibility on women who are positively impacting lives, rewriting the narrative and changing stereotypes.
In his opening remarks, the chief executive officer for InstinctWave, Mr. Akin Naphtal said the birth of the InstinctWomen awards stems from the organization’s belief in the value and empowerment of women. “Women, most times are underestimated, for women to shatter glass ceilings in their chosen professions while successfully managing their homes, shows how their ability to multitask and still be successful. My late mother’s life has been an inspiration to me, she had no formal education but run a successful food business for over three decades with over 50 staff.”
“Looking at what women are doing – we see the need to encourage them, through a platform like this, celebrating all women, where there is no competition just women celebrating each other, both in the formal and informal sector, and tonight as we kick this off we believe it would grow. He noted.
Mr Akin added that InstinctWave would keep recognising the excellent and exceptional work of women each year through the InstinctWomen Awards.
A host of C-Level Executives and Women controlling the informal sector were conferred with awards- Former Politician and Founder of the Salt and Light Ministries, Rev, Dr. Joyce Aryee received the Life Time Achievement Award while veteran broadcaster Oheneyere Gifty Anti received the Women Supporting Women Awards for her constant and resilient gender advocacy and mentorship.
Other award winners include; Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann, National Science and Maths Quiz Mistress who received the Exceptional Woman in Academia Award, while, Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby, CEO for NHIA was bestowed the Exceptional Woman in Public Service Award, Country Manager for InstinctWave Ghana, Carol Opata Hogan was surprised with the Rising Woman Award, CEO for Pricebrim Enterprise- Chief Mrs AdetounPeregrino Brimah was adjudged the Exceptional Woman in Entrepreneurship for the Informal Sector.
Organizations that have distinguished themselves in supporting women were also celebrated at the night- MTN Ghana was the receiver of the Excellence in Promoting & Developing Women Leaders, Ghandour Cosmetics were adjudged Best Organization in Women Products while Vodafone Ghana took away the Gender Oriented Company of the Year Award.
Below is the A-Z list of Award Winners at the night
|Excellence in Promoting & Developing Women Leaders||MTN Ghana|
|Outstanding Organisation in Women Related Products||Mansuki Ghana Limited|
|Best Organisation in Women Products||Ghandour Cosmetics|
|Gender Oriented Company of the Year||Vodafone Ghana|
|Excellence in Promoting & Developing Women Leaders||Jospong Group|
|Instinct Women Rising Star in Beauty & Cosmetology Award||Hajia Jamila Seeta CEO Seera Beauty Clinic & Jamila Home|
|Excellence in Marketing Communications||Dolapo Otegbayi Director, Specialised Nutrition, FrieslandCampina|
|Instinct Women Rising Star Award in Corporate Services||Abigail Mensah Amoah Operations Director, Zylofon Group|
|Rising Woman in Hospitality||Martekor Quaye General Manager, Alisa Hotels Tema|
|InstinctWomen Rising Star Award in Communications & Events||Carol Opata Hogan Country Manager, InstinctWave|
|Exceptional Woman in Fashion Business Award||Joyce Ababio, CEO Joyce Ababio College of Creative Design|
|Exceptional Woman in Cosmetology & Beauty||Grace Ameh-Obeng Founder; FC Beauty Group|
|Exceptional Woman in Sports Award||Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoe Coach- Black Queens|
|Exceptional Woman in Credit Industry||Mrs. Jameelah Sharrieff-Ayedun CEO Credit Registry Corporation|
|Exceptional Woman in Entrepreneurship (informal sector)||Chief Mrs. Adetoun Peregrino Brimah CEO, Princebrim Enterprise|
|Exceptional Woman in Leadership and Entrepreneurship Award||Bebe Clement Founder, Black Businesses in UK|
|Exceptional Woman in Real Estate||Udokanma Maryanne Okonjo CEO/Vice Chairman Fine and Country West Africa|
|Excellence Woman in Finance||Reine Larbi-Tieku Chief Financial Officer American Tower Ghana|
|Exceptional Woman in Human Relations||DR. Hazel Berrard Amuah CEO, People Factory Ltd|
|Exceptional Woman in Human Relations||Amma Benneh-Amponsah Chief Human Resources Officer MTN Ghana|
|Exceptional Woman in Insurance||Boatemaa Barfour-Awuah Executive Director, Star Assurance|
|Exceptional Woman in Agriculture||Catherine Krobo-Edusei CEO Eden Tree|
|Exceptional Woman in Human Relations||Hannah Ashiokai Akrong|
Director, Human Resource Vodafone Ghana
|Exceptional Woman in Academia||Prof. Elsie Effah Kaufmann- Quiz Mistress NSMQ / Senior Lecturer University of Ghana|
|Exceptional Woman in Customer Service||Jemima Kotey-Walsh Chief Customer Relations Officer MTN Ghana|
|Outstanding Woman in Telecom Enterprise||Tawa Bolarin Director, Enterprise Business Unit and Wholesale|
|Exceptional Woman in Environmental Protection Award||Mrs. Florence Larbi Chief Operating Officer- Environment & Sanitation Cluster, Jospong Group|
|Leadership in Sustainability and Charitable Giving||Geta Striggner-Quartey Director, Legal and External Affairs Vodafone|
|Exceptional Woman in Oil & Gas||Mrs. Ivy Apea Owusu CEO Cirrus Oil Services Limited|
|Women Supporting Women Award||Oheneyere Gifty Anti CEO, GDA Media|
|Exceptional Woman in Public Service Award||Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby Chief Executive Officer NHIA|
|Exceptional Woman in Entrepreneurship Award||Ms. Esther Amba Numaba Cobbah Founder &CEO, Strategic Communications|
|Exceptional Woman in Entrepreneurship||Israella Kafui Mansu Managing Director MGL Naturals|
|Exceptional Woman in Entrepreneurship Award||Muniratu Lamptey Founder/CEO Imani Impressionsz|
|Exceptional Woman in Trustees Industry||Funmilayo Ekundayo MD/CEO STL Trustees|
|Exceptional Woman in Philanthropy and Humanitarian Award||Alhaja Risikat Vanderpuije Executive Director Dalpha Holding|
|Exceptional Woman in Politics& Governance||Hon Irene NaaTorshie Lartey-Administrator- District Assemblies Common Fund|
|Exceptional Woman in Public Service Award||Dr. Irene Stella Agyenim-Boateng Deputy Chief Executive (Services) Volta River Authority|
|Exceptional Woman in Technology||Yvette Adounvo Atekpe Managing Director – Dimension Data Ghana|
|Instinct Women Lifetime Achievement Award||Rev. Dr. Joyce Rosalind Aryee- Founder & Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministries|
Patrons of the event were treated to a night of nostalgic experience through entertainment and networking.
The event was supported by the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection with media support from Zylofon Media and Instinct Business Magazine.
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