I am the Technology Enterprise
Business Solutions Manager at Vodafone Ghana leading a team of twenty (20) motivated
deployment field engineers with a mandate to ensure we deliver efficient and
reliable voice and data services to corporate clients. My successful career
growth is attributed to leadership, motivation, team empowerment, and ability
to drive change. 
My passion is mentoring and coaching Africa’s
young women to become future leaders and entrepreneurs as part of my advocacy
for diversity and inclusion in Technology. Outside of work, I fully support
community development projects. I am the founder of e-Inclusion Initiative that
focuses on social entrepreneurship, youth education, and women empowerment with
a vision to bridge gender inequality gap in ICT Education in our communities. The
initiative also seeks to advocate for women in various trades, especially
agri-business, to embrace innovation and technology to build sustainable
business ventures and have a positive impact on their livelihoods. e-Inclusion
has partnered with organizations such as Vodafone Ghana Foundation to execute
ICT training programs and build technology hubs in select communities.  
I hold a Master of Science degree in Engineering
and Management from Coventry University (United Kingdom) and a Bachelor of
Science in Telecommunications Engineering from Ghana Technology University
College. I am an Advisory Board Member and mentor of President Barrack Obama’s
Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) – West Africa Regional Leadership
Centre (RLC). I am a Fellow of the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program
on Leadership and Social-Entrepreneurship, a President Barrack Obama’s Young
African Leadership Initiative (YALI).
WHAT FUELS ME?
Assertiveness: Assertiveness and
confidence have been the pillars to my successful career to-date as a Woman in
Technology.  I began my career in a
male-dominated environment where the female engineers role was in the
back-office churning our reports from field operations, which was deemed a male
function. Yet, field operations offered the practical experiences required for
a successful telecom engineering career, not to mention the income disparity
between back-office and field operations roles. My ability to challenge the
status quo and be decisive have guided me to currently lead a highly motivated
team of deployment engineers who are predominantly males.
Passion: Passion is the root of
success. It defines my zeal for activities both in and out of the work place. In
particular, my passion to see a positive change in the livelihoods of females
in our communities derives from my strong belief that every woman in Africa
deserves to be empowered to succeed and that such success is celebrated with
adequate rewards and recognition. This belief has influenced my strong desire
to be involved in community development and advocacy.
Vision: As the founder of
e-Inclusion and Advisor on President
Barrack Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) – West Africa
Regional Leadership Centre (RLC), my vision is for our youth, particular
females, develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills set, which they can
leverage to further develop their respective communities that they emanate
from. This is the greatest opportunity to see Africa develop and gender
inequality gaps are closed.
MY GREATEST INFLUENCE:
My paternal grandmother,
Madam Mariah Atsivor, with whom I lived during my adolescent years has had the
profound influence on me. She instilled in me the basics of womanhood, essence
of education, respect, integrity, religion, and perseverance to succeed.
Daaga, as she was
affectionately called, was the second born and only female of fifteen (15)
siblings. She had no formal education because her father thought it befitting
for her to assist her mother with home keeping, whilst the brothers received an
education. At the tender age of thirteen, Daaga started petty trading on tabletop
at home. By dint of hard work, she expanded with stalls in the market selling
merchandise from the then United African Company (UAC now Unilever). By the age
of thirty, Daaga was a major merchandiser for UAC in the Volta Region. She
stepped up to be the parent-figure in the family after the demise of both
parents by providing education and upkeep of her siblings. She extended that role
to adopt thirteen (13) children in the Aflao area, not to mention the numerous
people she assisted in diverse ways within the community.
I admire Daaga for her
tenacity to succeed, leadership, gift of giving, and impact she had on the
Aflao community. She is my soul role model whom I seek to emulate and continue
to live by her principles.
MY TOP THREE ROLE MODELS:
Nelson Mandela – For championing the causes on race inequality, his motivation and
perseverance, and setting the pace for a renewed Africa in the face of numerous
challenges. I am a product of Nelson Mandela’s vision of a developed Africa
through youth leadership and empowerment, out of which the Mandela Washington
Fellowship Program on Leadership and Social-Entrepreneurship, a President Barrack
Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) was born. 
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (President of Liberia) – I admire her as the first elected
female head of state in Africa and a Nobel Peace prize winner. She is my role
model for her struggles for women’s rights in Africa and globally. Her
leadership qualities through her professional life stand to be noted with pride
of an African Woman. As the 70th Most Powerful Woman in the World
(Forbes, 2014), she continues to be a source of inspiration and guidance for the
African Woman.
Maya Angelou: As a poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou was
respected as a spokesperson for blacks and women in particular. I draw inspiration
from her to succeed as an African Woman despite all the challenges that we face
as a result of our triple identity – Black, African, Woman.
IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS…..
My envisioned goal for
the next 5 years is to empower women in Ghana, especially the youth, with
innovative technology to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial
capabilities for employment and a sustainable livelihood. A key outcome is to
partner with corporate organizations to deploy twenty (20) technology hubs with
requisite capacity building across the ten (10) regions in Ghana.
I currently have a mentor
and fellows through the YALI network with whom I collaborate to deliver on
e-Inclusion’s deliverables.
THE
AFRICAN WOMAN’S CHALLENGE:
FACT: While African women
work 50% longer hours than men, the pay gap between men and women is very wide.
Only 15% of formal-sector firms have a woman as the managing director, while
32% have some degree of female ownership. (Source: African Development Bank,
2015)
African women face the
following challenges:
1.     
Gender inequality in
education, notably ICT, science, and mathematics
2.     
Limited job opportunities
in favor of men 
3.     
Inequality in pay and job
expectations
4.     
Slower rate in career
advancement
5.     
Abuse – sexual, verbal,
physical
I founded e-Inclusion
with the vision to bridge gender inequality
gap in education in our communities, particularly ICT, science, and mathematics.
The initiative also advocates for women in various trades, especially
agri-business, to embrace innovation and technology to build sustainable
business ventures and have a positive impact on their livelihoods. The overall
goal is to nib the above stated challenges in the bud where we train, develop,
and build the self-confidence of youth females and women in respective subject
areas.
To
this end, e-Inclusion has partnered with organizations such as Vodafone Ghana Foundation
to offer ICT training to young females in community public schools. The program
also seeks to mentor students on their careers and build awareness of social
vices that will likely result in teenage pregnancies, early school dropouts,
and childhood marriages.
e-Inclusion
also coordinates Speaker series aimed at developing women entrepreneurs to become
successful business owners. An example is the United Nations International
Women’s Day Forum recently held in Accra, where I delivered a lecture on “How
to Use Technology To Grow Your Business”.
e-Inclusion
shall continue to leverage partnership models to offer STEM programs for the
youth females and other workshops to remedy the ills African Women contend with
on a regular basis. 
WHAT I DO TO RELAX:
Reading and exercising
are my best forms of relaxation.
MY   –   I.C.E. [INSPIRE|CELEBRATE|EMPOWER] VISION
The African Woman needs
to be inspired, celebrated and empowered because she has come a long way from
being the domestic keeper, the bearer of loads from the farm, and suffered
forms of discrimination (wage, promotion, job scoping etc.) at the workplace to
the phenomenal educated individual, leader and/or successful entrepreneur.
It is very critical we
draw inspiration from the success of the African Woman, such as Ms. Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf, to empower and motivate African Women, especially the
youth.  It is through the creation of
awareness of our successes and achievements that the African Woman will feel
empowered and inspired to be who they can be in their communities and
workplaces.  
MY AFRICAN UNION PLANS:
Much has been achieved to
date, but the road ahead is still far regarding women advocacy and empowerment
in Africa. Therefore, as the Chief Director leading the Women Advocacy and
Empowerment Department of the African Union Commission (AUC), I would deliver
on the following four (4) key responsibilities:
1.      Develop and implement a strategic plan that takes a holistic and
integrated approach to driving inclusion, human rights, and women and youth
empowerment across all activities of the Union, especially towards the
achievement of Africa’s Agenda 2063.
2.      Accelerate efforts to promote policies and programmes for
inclusive growth and job creation for women and the youth as part of AUC’s regional
economic integration efforts towards achievements of the MDGs.
3.      Advocate for measures to reduce or eliminate economic and social
marginalization of the African Woman.
4.      Liaise and develop relevant linkages with stakeholder
organizations such as the United Nations to drive agenda on women’s rights,
empowerment, and gender equality. 
It is my strong belief
that significant efforts made with the responsibilities outlined above will
close gaps to position the African Woman with an economic and social advantage
she so richly deserves.
FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE:
You
are a phenomenal, proud and beautiful African Woman with huge potential. Reach
for that full potential. Do not allow negativity and stigma to hold you back.
Break those barriers to be the leader and successful African Woman you can be.
Learn from your mistakes and rise up when you fall; for it is from such trials
that you will find abundant success. Most of all, give back to the community to
be fulfilled and support the advocacy to inspire the African Woman.