Accra, Aug. 29, GNA – Mrs Eunice Ankomaa
Apraku Antwi, General Manager of Samara Company Limited, producers of Sasso
Insecticide Spray and Mosquito Coil, has grabbed the “Most Outstanding
Executive,” award at the second edition of the Feminine Ghana Achievement
The award, which was held in Accra was
organised by the Business Executive Magazine.
It was attended by dignitaries including the
Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, Nesrin Bayazit; the Zimbabwean Ambassador, Mrs
Pavelyn Tendal Musaka; the Spanish Ambassador, Maria Alonso; the Colombian
Ambassador, Mrs Claudia Turbay Quintero, and the Czech Ambassador Margita
Fuchsova. There were also representatives from government.
Mrs Apraku Antwi’s award comes on the heel of
her demonstration of self-confidence, professionalism, and passion for her
position as General Manager of Sasso, which has contributed to the soaring
brand of the company in Ghana.
It was awarded the Fastest Growing Company by
government at the 2015 Head of State Award (HOSA).
Her citation reads: “As the General Manager of
Samara Group, you have played a key role in the huge success of the Sasso brand
of insecticide spray and mosquito coil in the Ghanaian market.
“Your resourcefulness, dedication and sense of
responsibility have been invaluable in building one of the best known home
grown Ghanaian product brands today, and this has made you a role model for
rising female executives in the manufacturing sector all around the country.”
The Feminine Ghana Achievement Award seeks to
identify and reward outstanding women both in the public and private sectors
whose personal and professional conduct have been exemplary but whose
accomplishments have not been publicly recognized – thus female entrepreneurs,
professionals, corporate executives, public institutional managers, diplomats,
sportswomen and female traditional rulers.
The award scheme was established to
specifically recognise the accomplishment of women on the basis of their
gender, and therefore stands out amongst the many generalist awards introduced
in Ghana today.
Asked how she feels about the honour, the
Sasso female General Manager said the award has come at a time that she least
expected, however, it affirms that her services are monitored and are
considered worthy of recognition.
“I’m happy about it even though I didn’t
expect it. With this award I am confident that I am doing something right to
have been nominated first and winning it; I’m sure they might have noticed my
ability as a functional key team player,” she said.
Mrs Apraku Antwi disclosed that she has
occupied the General Manager position of Samara Company for three years; and
though a very challenging post she dared herself to discharge her duties in
ways that would dispel the general notion that ‘such positions are better
headed by men’.
As a happy mother of two children, she
expressed appreciation to her husband, Mr Nickson Kwame Antwi, for his immense
support in helping her in diverse ways to reach this achievement.
“I am happy to have achieved this feat and I
believe in the saying that ‘what a man can do a woman can do and even better’.
I thank God for making it possible and I also thank the Executive Chairman of
Samara Company Limited Dr. Sampson Effah Apraku, for having such great
confident in me and giving me the opportunity to give off my best. I shall
continue to ensure that Samara remains at the top in Ghana and Africa as a
“I dedicate this award to my entire team –
both management and staff of Samara Company – whose hard work has played a part
in this acknowledgment; and also to my husband… for his enormous
support. I am more determined to balance
my interpersonal and decisional role effectively for greater heights in the
near future,” an elated Mrs Antwi emphasised.
Asked what motivational message she has for
colleague women in the sector and Ghanaian women as a whole, Eunice said: “I
want to encourage women to learn to empower each other and use their creativity
ability to make their contribution in the production sector successful and to
make the world a better place for everyone and also for the unborn generations.
Let us guard against hatefulness and envy.”
Mrs. Antwi holds a Masters in International
Finance from Stafforshire University in the UK after pursing a degree in
Marketing at the Central University in Ghana. She is determined to be the best
role model to her children, Kayla Apraku Antwi and Kemuel-McCurdy Apraku Antwi.
In 25 professional women were acknowledged and
rewarded. Some of them are the CEO of Reroy Cables; the CEO of Sidalco Limited;
Deputy Managing Direcor of Prudential Bank, and CEO of Jandel Limited.