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Akosua Darkwah

Ghanaian entrepreneur and micro-credit pioneer in Ghana, was born at Peki-Dzake, a town located in the Volta Region of Ghana, on 18 April 1919. Her father, George Asia Kwami Nkulenu, and mother, Georgina Gblezo Gbo, were poor farmers who were supportive of her educational endeavors. With financial support provided by the Cadbury chocolate company, Ocloo was able to attend the prestigious Achimota School, from which she graduated in 1941 with a Cambridge Ordinary Level Certificate.

At Achimota, Ocloo took home science classes where she learned the art of marmalade-making. In 1943 with a gift from her aunt of ten shillings the equivalent of half a British shilling she bought oranges jars firewood as well as sugar and made twelve jars of marmalade which she sold for a shilling each around the government offices of Accra the capital city of Ghana Having made a 20 percent profit on her ...

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Leslie Hadfield

political activist, medical doctor, academic, and businesswoman, was born on 28 December 1947 the third child of two Sotho primary school teachers in the Bochum district of South Africa s Limpopo province then the Transvaal Her father Pitsi Eliphaz Ramphele was the son of a trained evangelist or priest of the Dutch Reformed Church He met his wife Rangoato Rahab Mahlaela at the Bethesda Normal College where they both trained as teachers The two teachers provided a relatively comfortable life for their family and urged their children to succeed academically Ramphele learned from her mother and grandmothers of the strength of women through their strong work ethics and challenges to patriarchal traditions Ramphele was given the name Mamphela Aletta after her maternal grandmother Ramphele was born one year before the white Afrikaner Nationalist Party gained political power in South Africa and began to implement apartheid a set of policies ...