63yrs of BoG’s existence too long to have only two women as Deputy Governors – Elsie Awadzi

Second Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana(BoG), Mrs Elsie Awadzi has expressed optimism that in the not-too-distant future more women will be given the opportunity to serve as Deputy Governors of the central bank.

She revealed that since the BoG was established some 63 years ago, only two women, herself and Nana Oye Mansah Yeboah who is on retirement, have had the privilege to serve in this capacity.

She said this is not the best, adding that “I do hope and it is my fervent prayer that it won’t be such a big deal that a woman is occupying this role.”

Mrs Awadzi said this after receiving the Corporate Personality of the Year honours at the 2020 edition of the  Ghana Women of the Year event organized by Glitz Africa in collaboration with TV3.

“Thank you to everyone who prayed and supported me in this role. It is not an easy task but a woman can do it. The late Justice Rose Ginsburg [The second woman appointed to the US Supreme Court] said women belong wherever decisions are made and I so much believe that  women belong where  important decisions  that affect the whole nation  are being made,” she said.

She added  that “Let me also say that I am  the second women  occupying the role of Deputy Governor . The only other women who  has had the privilege to serve  in this role  is Nana Oye  Mansah Yeboah  who served  from 1989  to 1997, almost 21 years  after she finished serving  I got appointed  in February 2018.

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Today (Saturday September 26) happens to be  her 82nd birthday  and I want to honour her  and celebrate her and dedicate this award  to all the women of Ghana , to the women at the Bank of Ghana as well as to Nana Oye Mansah.

“I do hope and it is my fervent prayer that  it won’t be such a big deal  that a woman is occupying  this role. 63 years  of our nation’s history  of the Bank of Ghana’s existence  is too long to have had  only two men  serving as deputy governors . So it is my prayer that  before long  it will not be a big deal  and we will have many women doing it.”

The Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Media General, parent company of TV3, Onua TV, 3FM, Onua FM, Connect FM, Akoma FM, Ms Beatrice Agyemang, was also honoured at the event.

She received the award for Excellence in Media at the just-ended Ghana Woman of the Year Honours event.

She was honoured for her hard work at the event which was organized by Glitz Africa in collaboration with TV3. The event took place on Saturday September 26 in Accra.

She expressed gratitude to her family and staff for supporting her all these years.

“This is a challenge for us at Media General,” Ms Agyemang told the gathering.

Similarly, Berla Mundi, co-host of the New Day Programme and host of the Day Show on TV3 was also honored during the event.

She was presented with the Ghana Woman of the Year, Young Star award.

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Berla thanked her mother and sister for supporting her in prayers and also thanked the Group CEO of Media General for the unflinching support she has given her.

General Manager of TV3, Mr Francis Doku explained that TV3 partnered Glitz Africa for this year’s edition as part of the company’s efforts at honouring hardworking and deserving women.

He said “This year, Media General and TV3 have partnered with Glitz Africa for the Women of the Year Award.

“This is the 5th in the series of the Women of the Year Award and we believe that it is a good thing to ensure that we congratulate and honour women for the work that they do.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana