Business News of Friday, 6 December 2019
If you are a female who is seeking inspiration from a fellow woman who has blazed the trail in excellence then look no further because Salma Okonkwo should be your one-stop-shop for such inspiration that you seek.
Mrs Salma Okonkwo, the Board Chairman of UBI Group, has emerged as Female Energy Personality of the Year at the Ghana Energy Awards 2019.
She received the award for her outstanding performance in Ghana’s energy sector.
Winning such a prestigious award did not come as a surprise to many in the energy sector due to Mrs Okonkwo’s works in the energy industry.
Mrs Salma Okonkwo is well known for her initiative in establishing the UBI Group which was the first fully integrated oil and gas downstream Ghanaian organization. A fully integrated Ghanaian group that had companies within the group of companies that managed retail stations, a company managing petroleum tank farms, a company managing oil tanker vessels, and another company managing tanker trucks. The fully integrated downstream UBI Group built enough capacity to attract Puma Energy to make a substantial investment in the Group which allowed two of the companies the retails stations and the tank farms to achieve her vision.
Today the retail arm of the company which was UBI Petroleum is branded Puma Energy leveraging on the technical and financial muscle of the Puma Energy Global Brand.
The 48-year-old entrepreneur thus becomes one of the very few women heading an oil and gas company of such magnitude in Ghana and the West African Sub-region. She is now expanding her reach across Ghana’s energy industry by building what may possibly be one of Africa’s largest solar power farms, calling it Blue Power Energy.
Blue Power Energy is an energy service company specialised in renewable energy. It is geared towards Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth through providing electricity by developing a large-scale solar photovoltaic farm to power more than 60% of Ghana’s land area.
This wife, mother and female executive is an inspiration.