Empowering Tomorrow’s PR Leaders: Women in PR Ghana Organizes its “Industry vs Classroom” Event at UniMAC IJ Campus
Women in PR Ghana organized its campus engagement series, “Industry vs Classroom”, in collaboration with the University of Media Arts Communication – Institute of Journalism Campus (UniMAC-IJ) on November 7, 2023.
The event brought together PR industry experts and university students to interact, share knowledge, and engage under the topic: “Choosing a Career Path: What’s Next after Graduation.” These industry experts, who are also members of Women in PR Ghana, included Gwendy Laryea, Consumer Educator at First National Bank Ghana; Deborah Bonney, Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs at the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) Ghana; and Mary Lawson, PR Consultant in Ghana.
Speaking on behalf of Women in PR Ghana, Gwendy Laryea stated that events like the “Industry vs Classroom” series focuses on the organization’s five pillars: Education, Empowerment, Mentoring, Networking, and Leadership. She encouraged students to take advantage of these opportunities to add value to themselves.
Dr. Albert Anani Bossman, the Head of the Department for PR and a lecturer at the university, in his welcome address, admonished students to leverage such opportunities presented by the university to build themselves, enrich their networks, and make connections with industry experts.
This series saw the participation of hundreds of students and young professionals from the university who engaged in diverse conversations relevant to the topic under discussion. The panel shared their experiences and insights on various career prospects available in the country, the key skill sets demanded of recent graduates, tips for job hunting, and the importance of building a personal brand as a student.
Gwendy Laryea, Consumer Educator at First National Bank Ghana, advised students to create contacts as one of the key things they should do before leaving school. “Establish a good relationship with your peers because they are the same people you will be working with in the coming years,” she said. To add to that, she mentioned that students should build trust for themselves as their credibility depended on it and also open themselves up to knowledge in the constantly evolving world of PR and Communications.
Deborah Bonney, Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs at PURC Ghana, also encouraged students to build up values of effective time management and “learn to be part of the conversation.” “The PR profession doesn’t demand that you become shy or timid. Be bold and courageous and learn to contribute to conversations,” she stated. She also encouraged students to look into the area of ESG when carving a niche for themselves as it has become the next big thing relevant to every organization.
Mary Lawson, a PR Consultant, admonished students to put intentional and consistent efforts into building their personal brand. With social media as a tool, she cautioned students to be mindful of the little things, comments, and photos they post. She also encouraged students to dress appropriately and learn to be polite to people because “your attitude and mannerism contribute to the testimonies people make about you.”
The “Industry vs Classroom” is a Women in PR Ghana student engagement series aimed at bridging the gap between professionals and students. Through this initiative, we aim to empower students to make informed career choices by offering them a platform to interact with industry experts and professionals. The event saw the participation and contribution of most lecturers from the university.
Participants interacting during the event
Participants interacting after the event
The Global Women in PR Empower Programme is a 12-month international leadership and mentoring programme by the Global Women in PR aimed at supporting and mentoring the next generation of PR women to become the leaders of the future.
Started in 2022, the GWPR Empower Programme seeks to bring together 25 mid-level PR and Communications practitioners under the mentorship and guidance of 25 female leaders across the world who have succeeded in their PR and Communications career.
This year, GWPR Empower 2023 featured 25 of the most successful global female leaders in PR and Communications which included two Senior Female Communications Practitioners in Ghana: Adiki Ayitevie, Vice President Sustainability and External Relations, Newmont Goldcorp Corporation Ghana, and Esther Cobbah, Founder and CEO of Stratcomm Africa.
As an affiliate member of the Global Women In PR, Women in PR Ghana is elated to have some of its members; Akosua Kwafo Ogyiri, Communications Manager, WaterAid Ghana and Laila Abubakari, Manager, External Communications, Electricity Company of Ghana, among the 25 selected mentees selected to participate in this year’s programme.
The goal of this programme is to continue to grow, empower and create a talent pool of sought-after and empowered global women leaders.
Visit Global WPR Empower Programme to find out more about the Global Women in PR Empower Programme.
Amid the socio-economic challenges in 2022, expectations from leadership of organizations increased and communication professionals have had to give off their best to create value for and maintain their roles.
That coupled with increasing knowledge of Public Relations as an essential tool for growth of any organization, women practitioners continued to make remarkable strides to manage the image and reputation of their organizations.
The work of these women PR practitioners have not only produced value, inspiration and impact in the PR and communications industry, it has also contributed to the quest to shape the minds of young professionals to take up the industry in more creative and diverse ways.
In line with our purpose, Women in PR Ghana annually celebrates the work and expertise of some top 10 Women practicing Public Relations in Ghana, and how they have used their positions to drive positive change for their organization, the PR profession and society.
With these celebrations, we seek to highlight these women who have demonstrated professionalism, innovation, and dedication in their work. Their recognition and achievements serve as inspiration to young professionals, especially women, who are constantly seeking for role models and mentors as they navigate the ever-changing PR ecology. Another objective of these listings is also to encourage professionals to be involved in changing the narrative around Public Relations and communication practice.
We have so far produced four (4) successful annual listings with the 2022 edition being the fifth.
Our 2022 Top 10 Women in PR Ghana list were nominated by the PR community via google forms which was published in December 2022. After the entries were received, a 3-member jury was tasked to review, research and shortlist the final 10 based on the below criteria:
- Must be working or practicing public relations or communications in Ghana with at least 6 years’ experience and above.
- Must have used various media (traditional and digital) to share Public Relations works and best practices.
- Must have planned and executed successful campaigns for their organizations and or clients.
- Must have been recognized through nominations and awards either on their own behalf or on behalf of their organisations or clients or recognized by their organisations.
- Must have engaged in speaking opportunities.
- Must have mentored, educated, and supported young PR professionals.
- Must have led and championed campaigns that have informed the general public about public relations in Ghana and beyond.
Here is our top 10 PR Women in Ghana for the year 2022:
- Esther Amba Numaba Cobbah
- Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo
- Shirley Tony Kum
- Sophia Kudjordji
- Patricia Aba Mensah
- Praise Nutakor
- Baaba Cofie
- Esi Asante Antwi
- Ohenewaa Brown
- Naa Korkoi Essah
Esther Amba Numaba Cobbah (CEO and Lead Communications Strategist – Strategic Communications Africa Ltd)
Ms Esther Cobbah has carved a niche for herself as one of Ghana’s top-notch communications experts. For close to three decades, she has led award-winning communication strategies and campaigns for numerous organizations at Stratcomm Africa, a 360-communication agency she founded. With more than 30 years of communication experience, she continues to inspire and shape the PR and communications industry with her craft.
In the past year, under her leadership, Stratcomm Africa embarked on a number of communication activities worthy of mention and emulation. Notable among these activities is the maiden Annual Brand Reputation Week and Awards; an initiative that gives opportunity for individuals and organisations to deepen their appreciation of effective communication approaches for personal brand enhancement as well as business/organisational growth and survival. About 30 small and medium enterprises had capacity-building opportunities in corporate communications.
In 2022 also, Stratcomm Africa under Ms Cobbah’s leadership organised the 10th anniversary edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Movement, a commitment to empower Ghanaians to adopt eco-friendly lifestyles and promote the UN SDGs.
Ms Cobbah also launched her maiden book “Dare To Be” which catalogued the individual journeys of six (6) outstanding Ghanaian female entrepreneurs.
In terms of awards and recognition, in 2022, Ms Esther Cobbah was ranked among the Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa and was named the Woman of the Year at the 2022 Ghana Outstanding Women’s Award (GOWA). She was also acknowledged at the African Communications event in Côte D’Ivoire as the Public Relations Personality of the Year 2022 ‘As De La Communications’ (ASCOM) for her stellar achievements in communications. She was also listed among the five leading corporate communications professionals in West Africa by bizwatchnigeria.ng.
Ms Cobbah sits as a board member of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) and also serves on the Governing Council of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana (IPR).
Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo (Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Affairs – Hollard Ghana)
2022 was another exciting year for Ms Ofori-Dwumfuo as she continued to ignite energy and dynamism in the insurance industry.
She maintained her lead in campaigns and projects for Hollard Ghana through initiatives such as the H. Insured Finance Literacy Series, and the Hollard X Academic Streetwise Finance Mentoring, by signing on the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) and University of Cape Coast(UCC) as Hollard X Academia Partners.
Ms. Ofori-Dwumfuo further leveraged some events and platforms such as The Ghana Institute of Journalism Academic Practitioner Conference, Brand Conference Africa, Women in PR Ghana Summit Mentorship Session, and Twitter Spaces to share her experience in practicing PR and Marketing and how to win in the industry.
Through her significant contributions in marketing communications, she was awarded the ‘Marketing Practitioner of the Year’ 2022 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana (CIMG).
Through her leadership, Hollard Life won the Product of Year at the Chartered Insurance Institute of Ghana Awards as well as three (3) awards at the National PR and Communications Excellence Awards, organised by the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana.
In July 2022, she was among 50 women recognised by ‘Her Network’ as one of the inspiring PR Women on World PR Day.
Shirley Tony Kum (Corporate Communications Manager – Vivo Energy Ghana)
Ms. Shirley Tony Kum, an award-winning communications specialist who is passionate about making a desired impact in society towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), led her organisation to have an amazing year through various initiatives, campaigns, and awards.
She led Vivo Energy Ghana’s top of mind campaigns and projects such as, Stop, Think & Drive , the International Women Day event, Vivo Energy Community Digital Literacy Project, Pink October and Energizing Hope Employee Charity Programme.
She also brought her excellent and solid crisis communication and stakeholder engagement skills to bear when she effectively managed crises for her organisation in 2022.
In the year under review, she spoke at a number of events and mentored others at many events including, GBC’s Women Voice, IDMC, The Young Africa Media Fellowship (YAMF) among others.
Under her leadership in 2022, Vivo Energy won many awards including Hall of Fame for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility at the 2022 Oil and Gas Awards, Best Company in Community Development & Infrastructure Project and Best Company in Clean Water Provision Project at the 6th Edition of the Sustainability & Social Investment Awards, NO. 1 Oil Marketing Company and Overall Best in Digital Marketing.
She also led her communications team to win the Best In-house team at the National Public Relations and Communications Award held by the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana in 2022.
Madam Tony Kum has served as the Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Public Relations Ghana since 2020 and is a member of the Publicity, Publication and International Affairs Committee of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana.
Sophia Kudjordji (Chief Corporate Communications Officer – Jospong Group of Companies)
Sophia Kudjordji remains a multiple-award winning communications expert who has drawn on her expertise to give value to her organization in the previous years and all through 2022.
Ms Kudjordji is keen on mentorship and avails herself to mentor many young professionals. She mentored at the Women in PR Ghana Summit Mentorship Session and the fifth batch of the Comms Mentoring Programme by the Comms Avenue. She was also named as an Advisory Board member of The Comms Avenue.
She has played a key role in sharing her expertise and experience and inspiring the young ones by taking up many speaking engagements such as the National Brands Innovations Forum 2022, GIJ Academic Practitioner Conference, IPR Webinar, Virtuous Ladies Connect among others.
Ms Kudjordji was featured on the cover of Brand Focus Africa Magazine and awarded the Brands Communication Personality of the Year at the National Brands Innovation Awards 2022 by RAD Communications and the 2022 Best Leadership – Woman at the Pan African Corporates Awards of Innovation and Integration by Révélation Public Relations & Corporate Communications in Benin.
She was an Honouree of #WeLeadComms and was honoured with Excellence in Corporate Communications Award by Women’s Choice Awards Africa. She was again named among the five leading Corporate Communications Professionals in West Africa by bizwatchnigeria.ng .
As part of her highlights for the year, the Jospong Group of Companies received four awards at the 5th Edition of the Ghana Business Awards.
Patricia Aba Mensah (Head of Cluster Communications, Sustainable Economic Development – GIZ Ghana)
Patricia Aba Mensah is a bilingual Public Relations and Communications Specialist with over 16 years’ experience.
As the communications lead, Patricia was instrumental in making communications and publicity popular amongst programmes within the cluster. She advocated for the allocation of budget lines for communications and public relations activities for projects/programmes within the cluster and for the cluster itself, leading to projects recruiting strong communications professionals for their communications activities.
As part of her works in 2022, she led the communication group to promote and organise the Ghana Job Fair 2022 in four locations: Accra, Sunyani, Kumasi, and Tamale and the promotion of the Ghana Labour Department’s work through the design and implementation of a campaign float. She provided communications support to the promotion and visibility of the ‘African Women Leaders Network’ and the Gender and Migration Conference 2022 and co-led communications for the launch of the West Africa Vehicle Academy in Accra, organised by Rana Motors, Bosch and GIZ Ghana West Africa Vehicle Academy.
Ms Mensah also co-led the GIZ Ghana 2022 International Women’s Day Campaign which produced a compelling story of a female tractor driver, a female sprayer/welder and a female fashion designer, who are breaking the odds in their respective fields.
In November 2022, Ms Mensah was recognised for her outstanding communications support to one of the GIZ-implemented global projects where she spearheaded several media campaigns to move ‘the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation’ from a zero media visibility status to about 12 unique media mentions within a year.
She moderated the grand opening of a state-of-the-art West African Vehicle Academy #WAVA launch of the Aya Institute for Finance & Management.
Praise Nutakor (Head of Communications and Partnerships – UNDP)
Praise Nutakor maintained her name as the SDG Woman in the minds of many. She is a result-driven communications expert with over 13 years’ experience in communications strategy development and implementation.
She is passionate about development communications and is evident in her many works for the United Nations Development Programme.
As part of her work in 2022, Praise championed numerous SDG activities including Save our Ocean, Clean Energy, Food Security in Ghana, Climate Action and many others.
Ms Nutakor has great mentorship skills and keenly advocates for mentoring the next generation. She participated in the Ghana Institute of Journalism mentorship dinner and Women in PR mentorship session.
She also contributed to many conversations of impact that have shaped lives and contributed to the growth of the PR and Communications industry.
In 2022, Ms Nutakor was acknowledged by her UNDP resident representative for her dedication to UNDP’s growth and promotion of programmes.
Baaba Cofie (Managing Partner – Mahogany Consult)
For the past years Baaba has drawn on her expertise in Public Relations and its related areas to continue to impact young professionals and also contribute effectively to her field of work.
In March 2022, Ms Cofie, together with her co-founder Esi Asante-Antwi, led their organization Mahogany Consult to celebrate their 10th anniversary, under the theme: From a Seed to a Tree.
As part of their 10th-anniversary celebrations, coupled with their desire to groom the next generation of PR Professionals, Baaba Cofie and her partner launched a support programme for selected PR Departments in some communications schools in Ghana.
Beyond this milestone, Ms Cofie kept making an impact through numerous speaking engagements throughout the year. She had speaking engagements at events including Obaasima Summit 2022, Women in PR International Women Day celebration, World PR Day 2022 and a number of key events surrounding their anniversary.
As an academia, who teaches at the Wisconsin International University College and an industry expert, Ms. is passionate about mentorship. She believes that it is necessary to expose students and young professionals to the realities of the field.
She is the founder of ‘Live Move Have your Being’, a charity organisation she established to support families struggling with infertility.
In 2022, Mahogany Consult was adjudged the Best in Social Media Management at the IPR Ghana National Excellence Awards.
Esi Asante-Antwi (Managing Partner – Mahogany Consult)
Esi Asante-Antwi, Managing Partner of Mahogany Consult, has demonstrated resilience in building a business and spearheading female entrepreneurship in Public Relations.
As part of the 10th anniversary of Mahogany Consult in 2022, Ms. Asante-Antwi, together with her partner, Baaba Cofie collaborated with Women in PR Ghana to inspire young professionals in an International Women Day event celebration dubbed “An Evening under the Mahogany Tree.”
They also engaged in a number of media appearances to share their entrepreneurial journey notable among them includes featuring on The Couch by Ama Pratt on Pan African TV. She also featured on The PL Show on Joy Prime and also on several online news platforms.
She was a discussant on a panel at a Department of Communications Studies of the University of Ghana webinar that discussed “Evolving Career Opportunities in Media and Communication Industries.”
In 2022, Ms. Asante-Antwi also led her company to facilitate the 3rd edition of their flagship event, PR101 Workshop designed for SMEs and Startups.
As a political communications expert, Ms Asante-Antwi moderated a multiple paper presentation on the Russian Ukrainian Crisis at the Wisconsin International University College where she is also a lecturer and teaches Introduction to Public Relations, Issues and Crises Communication, and Media Relations.
In 2022, Mahogany Consult was adjudged the Best in Social Media Management during the IPR Ghana National Excellence Awards.
Ohenewaa Brown (Manager Communications and PR – ActionAid Ghana)
Ohenewaa Brown is a corporate communications practitioner with specialized skills in media relations and production, events management, community relations, stakeholder engagement and development communications.
Ms Brown’s works highlight her passion for corporate social responsibility as she has led her organization to achieve many transformative and impact activities that have changed the narratives of people in the society. She plays a key role in change communication and advocacy where she supports campaigns against witchcraft accusations in Ghana, and climate justice.
In 2022, Ms Brown participated in many young generation engagements which sought to mentor and inspire young professionals of the industry. She subscribes to the fact that, “we are all products of mentorship” and that professionals grow and learn more through such engagements. She shared her expertise and experience in events such as Women in PR Ghana Industry vs Classroom, the Ghana Institute of Journalism Mentorship Dinner, BarCamp Series event, International Women’s Day, alongside some significant classroom and media engagements.
Ms. Brown, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, UK, also shared her experience writing a series of articles for the Business and Financial Times newspaper on topics such as Protecting Women’s Right and Making Schools Girl Friendly.
Prior to her career in PR and Communications, Ohenewaa practiced journalism for five(5) years and she rose through the ranks to become Senior Broadcaster and Parliamentary Correspondent from 2014 to 2016.
Her passion for corporate social responsibility and sustainable development is evident in her host of her CSR Lense, an online show focused on engaging experts in academia, corporate entities and NGO’s on CSR and sustainability.
Naa Korkoi Essah (Public Relations Manager – Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, Ghana)
Naa Korkoi Essah through her work in 2022 contributed immensely to shining light on the practice of Public Relations in the public sector. She played a key role in spearheading activities that sought to project well the works of her ministry.
In 2022, she led numerous publicity work on initiatives by her ministry such as the Policy Fair Celebration, Girls in ICT Programme, and the Digilisation Readiness Workshop.
She embarked on numerous media engagements on behalf of her ministry’s Girls in ICT Programme, an initiative that sought to train young girls in five (5) regions including Bono East, Bono, Ahafo, Savannah and Northern Region and encourage them to take up courses in ICT.
Ms Essah was adjudged the Outstanding Woman in Public Relations (Public Sector) at the 11th Marketing World Awards 2022 by Instinct Wave. She was also given a citation for Excellence in Promoting Digital Initiatives at the 4th National Communications Awards organised by RAD Communications.
She was selected among the 2022 Cohort of the Young Africa Media Fellowship.
Naa had speaking engagements in the Women in PR Ghana Industry vs Classroom Series and as a moderator for Panafyl-Ghana’s virtual conference in the year.
Limitations and Challenges:
This year’s challenges haven’t been much different from previous years. There’s still very limited information around what many PR professionals do and share. While our work mostly puts us behind the scenes, it has become important for PR and Communication professionals to have updated Linkedin profiles and use social media to build their personal brands. We noticed this was one of the challenges as we researched more data to support the entries received.
As an organisation, we hope to use this listing to spotlight more women to serve as role models and mentors in our bid to increase female leadership in the PR industry in Ghana, Africa, and globally.
Yvette Kuwornu: Development Communications Professional, GIZ Ghana/Ghanaian-European Centre for Jobs, Migration and Development
Ama Amoah: Communications & Events Senior Specialist, Afreximbank
Millicent Atugubah: Communications Specialist, GRIDCo
Faith Senam Ocloo: Founder, Women in PR Ghana
Women in PR Ghana on March 8, 2023 celebrated International Women’s Day with the Corporate Communications Division of MTN Ghana at their Media Centre at Ridge in Accra.
The event provided a forum for young professionals to interact, learn and network with seasoned communications professionals of MTN Ghana.
The five-lady panel of the MTN Communications team was led by Georgina Asare Fiagbenu – Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, and included Efua Falconer – Manager, Corporate Communications; Afua Serwaa Asafo-Adjei – Communication Advisor-Media Relations, Olivia Mifetu – Internal Communications and Sophia Tandoh – Regulatory Advisor at MTN Ghana.
The event was moderated by Lorrencia Adam Nkrumah, the external Affairs and Internal Communications Coordinator of Barry Callebaut and was on the theme “DIGITALL: Embracing Innovation and Technology as PR Women.”
The ladies shared among other things their work life experiences with a focus on managing and protecting the reputation of their organization as a means of achieving the organization’s goals. To them, this also meant planning and working with a strategy to ensure that their aim was met.
The team also elaborated on how disagreements among them are more geared toward the development of the organization. They agreed that what their organization wants to achieve should be the ultimate and as such they are more open to accepting the final decisions of the senior manager when there seems to be disagreements.
In line with the theme for the day, Efua Falconer, highlighted how digital technologies has made the work of a PR Practitioner easier and helped with constant engagements. “For PR, these innovations are helping us do constant engagements. It’s not like just sitting in your office and drafting and press release, let’s engage, you post a story and somebody is able to ask questions and you are able to respond in real time”.
The Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, Georgina Asare Fiagbenu emphasized on the need to ask questions and be ready to learn on the job. She stated that: “To be able to get your communications right, you have to ask questions. It means that you want to know more and it makes you confident in your communication”. She again emphasized the need for the younger generation to take advantage of events like this, read and develop their skills in order to add up to their employability status because, “no one will employ you because you are a Gen Z”.
Olivia Mifetu, who is responsible for internal communications also advised that young people should have mentors who would be responsible to guide them in their career path.
Mrs. Georgina Asare Fiagbenu admonished the students and entry level professionals to be focused on building their skills and be intentional about the relationships they build. “Don’t be anxious about your future, but be constructive with what you’re working on and the skills you are building”, she said. She added that the young ones should be keen about always learning and discovering themselves in order to create a niche that will make them stand out from the many.
The event was attended by professionals and students of the public relations and Communications industry.
Women in Public Relations Ghana was established in 2017 as a professional networking organization committed to educating, mentoring and empowering female PR professionals and students.
To know more about Women in PR Ghana and our membership, kindly visit our website at www.womeninprghana.org or email at [email protected]
The seeming recovery process from a global pandemic such as COVID-19 has been quite a challenge for many organizations and industry professionals.
For Public Relations practitioners, organizations all over the world are constantly relying on them to showcase the value their organisations are providing towards their internal and external stakeholders.
To be successful, PR professionals are to demonstrate their value, agility, and digital savviness in order to project their contribution to the industry as well as their individual organisations.
Since our first release of the Top 10 Women in PR list in 2017, we have taken up the task each year to closely monitor the journey of women Public Relations practitioners in Ghana to find out how these women are projecting the profession and at the same time inspiring many young ones to aspire for excellence.
The main objective behind these listings is not to just celebrate PR women but to continue to highlight the growing importance of female presence in leadership and by way of our contribution to achieving gender equality in the PR industry.
In this 2021 edition of our Top 10 Women in PR Ghana, we added a new element which allowed the PR community to nominate their top PR women for the year 2021 via google forms. We received entries after which a 3-member jury was tasked to review and shortlist the entries based on the below criteria:
- Must be working or practicing public relations or communications with at least 6 years’ experience and above
- Must have planned and executed successful campaigns for their organizations and or clients
- Must have used various mediums (traditional and new media) to share their works as Public Relations Professionals
- Must have been recognized through nominations and awards either on their own behalf or on behalf of their organisations or clients
- Must have engaged in speaking opportunities
- Must have mentored, educated, and supported other PR professionals
- Must have led and champion campaigns that have informed the general public about public relations in Ghana and beyond
Here is our top 10 PR Women in Ghana for the year 2021:
- Shirley Tony Kum
- Sophia Kudjordji
- Praise Nutakor
- Cynthia Ofori Dwumfuo
- Veronica Ofosuhemaa Owusu-Ansah
- Joyce Ahiadorme
- Afia Drah
- Mina Okuru
- Josephine Appiah-Nyamekye Sanny
- Akosua Kwafo Ogyiri
Shirley Tony Kum (Corporate Communications Manager, Vivo Energy Ghana)
Shirley is that light that keeps shinning at all corners. The year 2021 has been another remarkable and impactful career journey for Shirley and her organization as reflected in their projects, campaigns, and recognitions.
From driving their National Road Safety Campaign for Transporters dubbed ‘Stop, Think & Drive’ to launching Vivo Energy Community Digital Literacy Project and IWD Event, we can appreciate the strategic role of the communications function at Vivo Energy Ghana.
Her works also highlight several activities targeted at their employees, customers, communities, and other stakeholders.
Shirley has led Vivo Energy Ghana to win a number of awards and recognition including Vivo Energy Ghana being inducted into the Hall of Fame for excellence in CSR at the 2021 edition of the Ghana Oil and Gas Awards, their #roadsafety campaign dubbed Stop, Think, & Drive adjudged winner of the Reputation Award Category across the Vivo Energy Group, adjudged most promising organization in Learning and Development Practice at the 2021 HR Focus Awards, winning the Employee Communications Category of the 2020 #SABRE Awards at the African Public Relations Association (APRA) Conference in September 2021.
As an all-rounder senior communications executive, Shirley keeps spreading her light through mentorship and speaking engagements. Shirley has secured speaking engagements at a number of events and mentored many others including speaking at the Today’s Woman Empowerment Summit, Africa Corporate Lounge, UKGCC press Freedom Day roundtable event, Agrihouse Foundation AG-STUD Africa Career Guidance and Mentorship Dialogue Bootcamp amongst several others.
She was appointed as a member of the Governing Council of the African University College of Communications and continues to serve as the Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana.
Shirley has a solid track record of effectively managing the company’s reputation by demonstrating a deeper understanding of the interrelationships between the PR function and sales growth.
With all these achievements and more in the year 2021, we are proud to name her as one our top 10 women.
Sophia Kudjordji (Group Head, Communications, Jospong Group of Companies)
With several years of experience in the media and communications industry, Sophia continues to remain relevant in the industry. The year 2021 was one that was no different from what we have witnessed in the previous years.
As the Group head of communications, Sophia brings her expertise as a multi-award-winning communications leader with a strong track record of building the function and teams at her organization.
On speaking engagements, and interviews, Sophia always avail herself to share and inspire. In the year under review, she featured on the Y leaderboard series on YFM, where she shared inspiring lessons that will help young professionals to hone their leadership skills. She also made apearances on the real show on Metro TV, Obaa Mbo on TV Africa, The Business and Financial Times Newspaper Lifestyle Cover with the title “Sophia Kudjordzi-the making of the Silk and Steel Communications Juggernauts,’ The Communication Masterclass and has spoken on a number of events and platforms throughout the year.
She won the Corporate Communication Professional of the year at the 10th Marketing Awards, and together with her communications team won eight (8) awards at the National Communications Awards in 2021.
Sophia served as a member of The Comms Avenue Mentoring Programme, the Global Women in Public Relations IWD Mentorship Program and has mentored several young PR professionals.
She certainly deserves to be named among our top 10 for continuing to show leadership and encourage more women to aspire for same and more.
Praise Nutakor (Head of Communications and Partnerships, UNDP Ghana)
Praise is a result-driven communications expert in charge of communications strategy development and implementation.
Throughout the year 2021, Praise has actively been supporting the efforts of her organization by equally amplifying information on her social media pages especially on LinkedIn and Facebook. She was awarded by her organization for her outstanding leadership.
As a leadership with outstanding track record, Praise affectionately called the SDG woman, has led multinational projects including the YouthConnect Africa; a youth led conference which brought together over 2000 young delegates with high profiles from across the continent, organized strategic communication training for district assemblies, also led a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) training for journalists and many more.
She participated in the Global Women in Public Relations International Women’s Day Mentorship Program and currently serves as an Advisory Member for Women in PR Ghana.
Praise has great leadership and mentoring skills, and passionate about development communications for change especially the SDG Goals.
Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo (Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Hollard Ghana)
In the last couple of years, Cynthia has ignited energy and dynamism to how insurance is communicated and marketed in Ghana.
In the year 2021, Cynthia led campaigns and projects for Hollard Group through their streetwise thought leadership platform, the introduction of the Hollardites Women Project 2021, Hollard and Melcom awareness week, H. Insured Webinar Series, the refurbishing of the ICT centre at Nima Cluster of Schools, donation to support the Trust Mother and Child Hospital amongst others.
Under her leadership, her organization won Brand of the year at the Ghana Insurance Awards, adjudged for the second time, Insurance Company (General) of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) awards, Top award in Africa for Financial Communications, Certificate of Excellence for Employee Communications and Certificate of Excellence for West Africa region at the 2021 SABRE Awards and she was named a judge for gender mainstreaming awards.
On media engagements, Cynthia has projected her voice and expertise via platforms such as YFM, TV3 as well as Newmont Ghana’s Gold New Futures for Girls Leadership Camp, Africa Comms Week, Springboard Hangout Women on the go amongst others.
She was listed among 25 remarkable innovators who are addressing the industry’s challenges with ingenuity and creativity in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by Provoke Media. She was also featured on Women In Marketing 2021 by naughtybanana.co.za.
Veronica Ofosuhemaa Owusu-Ansah (Head of Brand Communications and Business Development for Quick Angels Limited & Quick Credit & Investment Micro-Credit Limited)
Veronica is a passionate brand and external relations strategist who has worked in an integrated marketing communication function as well as creating business leads for brands.
She has initiated and led successful campaigns, products and projects that has attracted some award and recognition to brands she worked for.
Veronica has created a strong brand visibility for her organization and also supported in doing same for their CEO’s who have be recognized on many platforms and events.
In the year 2021, she was awarded Woman of Excellence, Marketing and Corporate communications and Best Communications team SME category at the National communications awards, adjudged 4th finalist in Multinational/Pan African Positive Role Model, West Africa Awards. Her organization Quick Angels Limited also won emerging brand of the year, Quick Credit & Investment Micro – Credit Ltd won Micro-credit company of the year the Made in Ghana Awards.
She was also a guest on Women in PR Ghana bi-monthly Facebook Live series.
Joyce Ahiadorme (Transformation and Internal Communications Manager, FanMilk- Danone)
Joyce has rich experience in leading tailored initiatives in community and industrial relations management, Government Engagements, PR and Marketing campaigns.
Although her current role is more of internal communications, she still uses her social media platforms to amplify her company’s campaigns and initiatives including actively supporting their products such as ‘Go Slo, Nutriday and Fan Ice’ amongst others.
She is an enthusiastic champion for the environment, sustainability, women and children empowerment initiatives and this is evident in what she supports and believes in.
She is also passionate about harnessing the docile powers of women which led her to start an initiative called the Girls Goal Getters where she uses her experience and resources to support and mentor other women to set goals, be advocates, and have accountability partners.
She was nominated for the Corporate Communications Professional by the National Communications Awards and appeared on Women in PR Facebook Live series and The Comms Convo Gh.
Joyce is very resourceful, has excellent leadership and mentorship skills and serves as an Advisory member for Women in PR Ghana.
Afia Drah (Communication and Business Development Manager, The Trust Hospital)
Afia is an integrated communications expert with over 13 years of varied experiences spanning, corporate communication and public relations, multimedia, business development, production, and branded content.
Afia brings her experience working in TV, Radio, and the creative agency to bear in all her communications across many channels. She is a storyteller, screenwriter, media and communications content developer and trainer.
Throughout the year 2021, Afia has hosted a number of discussions on social media especially on Clubhouse where she created “Coffee or Tea” with over 1,500 members, Co-host of Comms Conversations GH and also started #TalkingDrahm on Twitter.
Afia is one of the few communications professionals who has created a voice on social media especially on Twitter with amassing over 6k followers. She uses her platform to discuss varied social, professional, and personal issues.
She featured on Women in PR Ghana Facebook Live Series. She is an Accredited member of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana serving as the Executive council Member, treasurer. She’s also a member of Chartered Institute of Public Relations, UK CIPR, and African Public Relations Association (APRA).
Afia is an avid foodie passionate about the food and culinary eco-system.
Mina Okuru Addico (Communications Manager, Ghanaian-German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration)
Mina is a communications professional with a proven experience and in-depth knowledge in corporate communications and public relations.
She has demonstrable record in employee engagement, media relations, political and public diplomacy, reputation, and crises management.
In her current role as the communications manager with GIZ, Mina leads in the implementation of the Centre’s communications and engagement strategy which includes building, maintaining and creating collaborative relations that advance the centre’s goals.
Mina is also resourceful and has been of great support to many professionals through mentorship and advisory services. She has featured on The Comms Avenue, Women in PR Ghana Facebook Live Series, etc.
She is a podcaster where she hosts a podcast on migration, employment, diaspora and reintegration.
Josephine Appiah-Nyamekye Sanny (Knowledge Translation Manager, Afrobarometer)
In her capacity as the Knowledge Translation Manager, Josephine translates Afrobarometer’s research and analysis into meaningful messages tailored to relevant policy makers and policy advocates.
Josephine is a bilingual communications practitioner credited for several cutting-edge communication strategies across Africa. She continues to play key role in analysis and publication of Afrobarometer findings, and has authored research publications on several themes including youth, migration, media freedom, violent extremism, public service delivery, and democracy.
Her expertise includes data analysis and visualization, stakeholder engagement, government relations, media relations, digital public relations, and issues and crisis management.
She is also an accredited member of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations UK. She serves as a member of the Executive Council of the Institute of Public Relations Ghana, and is the Chair of the Public Relations and Public Issues Committee.”
We call her the numbers woman as she is one of the few women in communications with specialization in that area.
Akosua Kwafo Ogyiri (Communication & Media Manager, WaterAid Ghana)
Akosua Kwafo Ogyiri is a communications professional and digital media strategist with about 10 years industry experience working and consulting for organisations in education, entertainment, aviation, humanitarianism, automobile, banking and finance, education, energy, construction, mining, power generation, FMCG and technology.
She is a great communicator and has good networking and interpersonal skills. She is also a team builder and player with a drive for an initiative.
In the year 2021, Akosua featured on a number of platforms where she shared great insights on her role in communications including speaking on the Communications Masterclass, The Comms Conversation GH, Facebook Live Talk etc
Limitations and Challenges:
As a team, putting together this list has been a herculean task because PR professionals are yet to embrace complete use of digital platforms to showcase their works. Many professionals have still not updated their LinkedIn profile and barely invest in personality PR for themselves.
We observed that there was also very little information found to support many of the entries submitted making it difficult for the jury to make any solid arguments on some of the entries.
Our goal as Women in PR Ghana is to create role models who would inspire the next generation of women in PR to excel as female leaders. To the above listed women in PR, we salute your contribution to this objective and encourage many others to take inspiration.
As another year has started, we would like to encourage PR women to invest more into their personal brand. We hope they would share their works, their story and their journey. This to some extent will help us highlight the many campaigns and projects that we undertake.
Ama Amoah: Communications & Events Senior Specialist, Afreximbank
Millicent Atugubah: Communications Specialist, GRIDCo
Yvette Kuwornu: Development Communications Professional, The World Bank
Faith Senam Ocloo: Founder, Women in PR Ghana
To commemorate 2022 International Women’s Day celebration, Women in PR Ghana hosted the Managing Partners of Mahogany Consult, Esi Asante Antwi and Baaba Cofie for “An Evening Under the Mahogany Tree”
The event was moderated by Faith Senam Ocloo who is also the founder of Women in PR Ghana and was held to celebrate their 10th Anniversary while highlighting the theme for this year’s IWD “Break the Bias”
The two shared among other things their entrepreneurial journey, challenges running their PR Agency, being 2 females partnering a business, family, leadership and more importantly how they are breaking the bias as female leaders.
Esi Asante Antwi encouraged women not to settle in whatever situation they found ourselves. She said, “Let’s not settle, let’s give ourselves the time to take care of the children, the family, to recuperate from a medical situation but let’s not settle in there’
Baaba Cofie on the other hand advised women to align on their values before venturing into a business partnership because women can work together. She stated, “using us as examples, women can work together and can do whatever it is that they can do together”. She added that, as an organization, they believe in mentoring, shaping, and training the next generation of communication experts.
Faith Senam at the end of an insightful conversation applauded both Esi Asante Antwi and Baaba Cofie for breaking the bias and being an inspiration to many young women and professionals in the public relations industry. She expressed her gratitude to them for partnering this year’s International Women’s Day event and willing to share their experiences and lessons.
The event was attended by professionals and students in the communications and public relations industry.
Women in Public Relations Ghana was established since 2017 as a professional networking organization committed to educating, mentoring and empowering female PR professionals and students.
To catch up on the discussion, find the full video available on both Mahogany Consult and Women in PR Ghana Facebook pages. To also know more about Women in PR Ghana and our membership, kindly visit our website at www.womeninprghana.org or email at [email protected]