The Enterprising Excellent Woman

The possession and demonstration of four (4) cardinal pillars of excellence, (the VISA), are fundamental indicators for the selection of participants. The four pillars are:

  • Vision (innovation)
  • Integrity (transparency)
  • Service (sacrifice)
  • Approachability (respect for people)
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Melanie Kasise - U/E

Earned the Ambassador of Portraits title. She's the founder of SWOPA (the Sirigu Women's Organisation for Pottery and Art) who stands as tall as an oak tree. She transformed the traditional hobby of painting, weaving and pottery among the women into a formidable economic organisation which now attracts many international tourists and investors. Moreover, SWOPA trains students from surrounding schools in weaving, pottery, art and painting, and has now opened a centre for young men to train in painting and building construction. The centre was visited by His Excellency Mr. Kofi Annan in 2004.

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Leocadia Aleser - U/W

A woman of roaring excellence. She's headmistress of St. Joseph JHS at Tamale; leads and inspires youth groups, and heads an Organisation of Women who process Shea Butter for export. She organised Shea Butter Processing and Distribution from Tamale to Yendi into an industry which now exports on a large scale to improve family incomes and open up educational opportunities for children in the northern part of Ghana.

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Fati Issaka - N/R

She was the Mother Teresa of the North; a nurse who loved children, and started adopting abandoned infants and children, which led to her founding the Anfaani Children's home. She managed the home until her recent death. Fati was nominated by Opinion groups and the traditional council in her region, but passed away before the event. She was honoured posthumously.

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Doris Nana Marfo - BA

A teacher in Sunyani who takes the initiative to help students throughout the region. She sources for books and learning materials and distributes to as many schools as possible; has organised female students into groups to reinforce a mindset of not only completing their education, but with competitive results; she organized other female teachers into groups to encourage networking and team assistance among teachers. She won the national best teacher award 2007.

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Theodosia Jackson - A/R

The Florence Nightingale of Kumasi, who strides into the hearts of prostitutes and convicts with the Light of God's Word. She has chalked many successes in transforming the lives of prostitutes and ex-cons into useful and honourable men and women in society. Some have since become pastors, and others have completed PHD. She also walks the length and breadth of the Ashanti Region to schools, showing films on HIV/AIDS and admonishing students to live healthy reproduction and worthy lives.

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Mama Atrato II -V/R

Mama is a queen mother, and also works with the BNI. She's the woman who gets things done in Ho Dome. She gives her money, heart and soul to providing a safe environment for education, sources for books and learning material for all levels of education; admonishes young women and supports them to pursue a trade before making families; and appealed to investors and providing medical theatre equipment for hospital. She provided soft infrastructure to equip and beautify the WAJU unit in Ho among many other projects.

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Nana Amba Ayaaba - C/R

She is a queen mother; a woman of inspiration and a motivational speaker in many schools and colleges. She helps to source funding for petty trading among women, provides funding for small educational projects in the community etc.

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Madam Ama Bene (Mama Show) - E/R

She is fondly referred to as "Crime Fighter", and "Yaa Asantewaa" of Koforidua for her commitment to fighting crime and promoting justice in the community. Unable to acquire a formal education when her benefactor passed away, Mama, now a small scale trader, devotes herself to adopting orphans and disadvantaged children and providing them with education, even to tertiary levels. She further established links with NGOs and has subsequently had educational materials supplied to pupils in Asokore, Effiduase and Nyamekrom all in the New Juaben municipality. She is always quick to respond and offer assistance.

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Madam Comfort Zormelo - Greater Accra

She is a community organizer and is credited with the establishment of several development projects in her district, including the first day care centre at Manshie; industrial scale cassava processing from which profits were used to pay teachers at the day care center; she took responsibility for the extension of electricity to parts of Manshie; organized pineapple production into a lucrative community trade; and the construction of the road to Samsam.

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Madam Nyamekye - W/R

She is known for gathering the mentally ill from the streets and bringing them to her healing centre, where they get healed with traditional herbs and returned to social life. Her healing methods are also said to have chalked many successes in curing barrenness and other diseases.

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Melanie Kasise
Upper East Region

Leocadia Aleser
Upper West Region

Fati Issaka
Northern Region

Doris Nana Marfo
Brong Ahafo Region

Theodosia W Jackson
Ashanti Region

Mama Atrato II
Volta Region

Nana Amba Eyaaba
Central Region

Ama Bene
Eastern Region

Comfort Zormelo
Greater Accra Region

Madam Nyamekye
Western Region

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