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Anna Cole Ojukwu, a Ghanaian design entrepreneur instilling confidence through her bold accessory and clothing collections

As the world is increasingly more interested in African design, particularly in the accessory and clothing space, one entrepreneur in Ghana is captivating attention through her label Pernia Couture. Anna Cole Ojukwu is taking the best of African inspiration and turning it into must-have accessories and clothing.

What does your company do?

At Pernia Couture, we use African beads and other beads to design and manufacture ladies’ accessories like neck pieces, bags, slippers etc. and also transform different types of African prints into beautiful ladies clothes.

What inspired you to start your company?

I was born with a creative talent, so being a woman and knowing how important it is for a woman to be confident, I saw creating bold unique accessories and clothes as a way of contributing to making other women feel more confident....

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Psyche of success with Afua Osei of She Leads Africa

Afua Osei, co-founder of She Leads Africa, unpacks the journey of starting a company, how she handled doubts when targets weren’t met and the lifestyle changes she had to make to keep the cash flow going. She Leads Africa is an organisation that helps young African women build their businesses and careers. Ghanian-born Osei says she always wanted to make a global impact. “I wanted to build a company that wasn’t just for people in West Africa, that was for every young African woman.” The organisation recently held its first seminars in South Africa beginning in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

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Goil Holds Annual National Sales Conference

The leading oil marketing company in the country, GOIL has held its annual national sales conference in Accra. The 3 day conference is aimed at formulating marketing strategies to achieve GOIL's 2017 corporate goals through the use of marketing. The sales conference will also afford GOIL the opportunity to review its performance for the year 2016 and chart a course for the year 2017. The Head of Fuels Marketing for GOIL, Markus DeoDake said total sales volume increased from 687million litres in 2015 to 746million litres in 2016. This, he said represents an 8% growth in total sales volume. He said the number of service stations also increased from 250 in 2015 to 290 by the end of 2016. Markus DeoDake said GOIL is well positioned to consolidate its gains in the oil marketing sector in the year 2017.

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Individuals, Benevolent Organizations Urged to Support Children's Homes

The Minister Designate for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Madam Afisa Otiko Djaba, has appealed to benevolent organisations and well-living Ghanaians to support to Children's Homes across the country. Madam Djaba said although it was the responsibility of government to fund institutions and Children's Homes under the Social Welfare Department, individuals and benevolent organisations also had a role to play in ensuring the well-being of vulnerable ones. She was speaking during a visit to the Osu Children's Home in Accra, yesterday, where she celebrated her birthday with the children and donated some items to them. The Minister designate explained that she turned 55 years on Saturday, January 21, this year, and thought it good to mark her birthday with the less-privileged in society.

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