Ghana: Absa Ghana ‘Inspire Me Conference’ Ends On High Note

The Absa Ghana ‘Inspire Me conference’ has been held in Accra last week, bringing together prominent African women businesses and entrepreneurs to share ideas, empower each other and discuss emerging trends and skills necessary to transform their institutions.

Under the theme “Empowering women’s economic growth together”, it was also to support women-owned businesses with value-added financial solutions to drive sustainable growth.

A diversity of speakers, from accomplished women entrepreneurs to regulators at the Central Bank to leading legal minds on the continent, policymakers, CEOs and other governance experts, assembled to grace the two-day event.

Absa Ghana’s Board Chair, Mrs Frances Adu-Mante, set the tone during her opening address when she said, “Women business owners must learn to cultivate the habit of partnerships and collaboration amongst themselves if we are to significantly contribute to Africa’s economic growth sustainably.”

Keynote speaker, a Nigerian entrepreneur, Ibukun Awosika, highlighted a fundamental point that no one loses in any thriving economy when women are given the platform to lead and create value consistently.

She urged male entrepreneurs to support the growth and sustainability of women businesses instead of approaching it with a competitive lens.

Mr David Ofosu-Dorte, Managing Partner at AB & David Law, a continental legal firm, said changes to intra-African travel and policies, such as AfCFTA, have narrowed the challenges of distance, tariffs and language on the continent, leaving women with no excuse not to succeed.