Patricia Obo-Nai named among top 100 Women CEOs in Africa

Women CEOs in Africa

Patricia Obo-Nai, Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana, has been enlisted among the top 100 Women CEOs in Africa, for her accomplishments as a female administrative officer in charge of the organisation.

The Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa is compiled by Reset Global People, in partnership with the SDGs office at the Office of the President of Ghana and Avance Media. With the inaugural list announced in 2019, this publication throws the spotlight on African women leading various organisations across the continent.

The list features leading African female CEOs from 21 African countries, heading various organisations which continue to excel under their leadership on the continent and beyond. The list is also released ahead of the 2022/23 African Women CEOs Summit, to be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Speaking about the list, Kwame A. A. Opoku, CEO of Reset Global People, noted that: “Women are a powerful force for change. From ending extreme poverty to countering violent extremism, we cannot succeed without women and girls, and this is why we are excited and privileged to announce the 2021 list. These are extraordinary women who are leading the charge to transform our continent, and deserve the spotlight more than anyone”.

Patricia’s contribution to the telecommunications industry is unquestionable. In addition to championing various innovations in the industry, she is celebrated for her outstanding leadership during the heights of the pandemic. Under her leadership, Vodafone Ghana introduced remarkable initiatives as part of a comprehensive relief package for Ghanaians.

She is a fierce advocate for technology and continues to emphasise the need for Africa to leverage technological advancement to drive sustainable development and secure its participation in the digital economy.

Patricia reinforced this in her OpEd titled: ‘Connecting Africa is the Seminal Challenge of our Time’, in which she said: “To expedite Africa’s economic recovery post-pandemic, the continent must accelerate digitalisation and expand regional cooperation”.

Patricia is also known for her strong passion for gender issues and interventions which offer economic opportunities to women. While speaking during the United Nations General Assembly last year, she made a call for an urgent solution to end maternal mortality across sub-Saharan Africa, describing it as unacceptable at this age.

She also joined other female giants last year at the G7 Partnership on Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa event to deliberate on Catalysing Digital Financial Services for Women Across Africa.

The Mobile Magazine describes her as the ‘First Lady of Mobile’. She has also won several awards, including the CEO of the Year at the Ghana Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (GITTA), as well as the Women Leadership Excellence Awards at the CEO’s Summit and Awards.

The 2021 Top 100 Women CEOs In Africa features some prominent names, including Clare Akamanzi, Dr. Rasha Kelej, Owen Omogiafo, Dentaa Amoateng, Tiguidanke Camara, and Meta Africa’s Head, Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke.


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