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AKAYA, one month later...

Betty Adjoa Mackay

On the 25th of March, 2023, we formally introduced AKAYA. At a beautiful ceremony held at the British Council in Accra - Ghana, hosted by our Executive Secretary Candybell Kensah.

The Launch

Our founder Dr Khadija Owusu shared the story behind AKAYA, its mission, vision and exciting upcoming plans for the year ahead. The launch witnessed the presence of renowned dignitaries such as the Deputy Minister of Information of the Republic of Ghana, Honorable Fatimatu Abubakar as well as Mr Justin Duah, Presidential Staffer at the Operations Department at the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana. 

AKAYA was specifically launched in the month of March. To commemorate International Women’s Month; this was highlighted by a panel discussion on the topic, “Embracing Equity Across All Sectors”. Chaired by Dr. Khadija Owusu; our panelists included the following:

  • Ohemaa Adjei Andoh: Founder of Girls in Science and Technology (GIST), a STEM advocate and a Speaker.

  • Edward Asare: Digital Marketer at UBA Ghana Ltd, Digital Media Consultant, Blogger and a Social Media Influencer.

  • Amtu Akumfi-Ameyaw: UNFPA YoLe Fellow, Women and Children Advocate, Lead, GIRLS IN ICT (tertiary) Ministry of Communications and Digitalization, Ghana.

  • Lady Dentaa Amoateng MBE: Founder & President of GUBA Enterprise, Actress, Philanthropist, Nurse and a TV Presenter.

All of whom were phenomenal panelists sharing their incredible insights on the topic. We had a wonderful spoken word piece shared by Nura Mohammed and ended the launch with our closing keynote speaker Honorable Fatimatu Abubakar, followed by a drinks and food reception.

Donations towards AKAYA were collected in the form of a raffle where participants could stand a chance of winning a two-night stay at the Sojourns Cabins, Anomabo – Central Region. Congratulations to Jennifer Djan-Krofa for winning! All proceeds will be going towards AKAYA’s activities. 

This launch would not have been possible without our sponsors:

  • CEEK - An award-winning streaming platform for virtual events and experiences featuring some of the biggest names in music, sports and entertainment. The platform features the likes of Lady Gaga, Ziggy Marley, Demi Lovato, Bon Jovi and more.

  • Vibe Consult - Ghana’s leading tourism consultancy firm.

Sojourn Cabins - Luxurious holiday cabins in Anomabo, Ghana. 

And finally, to our official media partners - Lime And Honey. From the conception of AKAYA, Lime and Honey have been a huge part of our journey. In developing our brand identity to capturing our precious moments, we are grateful!

Here's a recap:


Created from the combination of two Adinkra symbols, Akoma and Aya, which represent the heart and endurance & resourcefulness respectively, the basis of this great cause, AKAYA. 

  • Akoma represents characteristics of love, health, unity, patience and goodwill in a woman 

Aya depicts the endurance and resourcefulness of the woman in times of adversities and difficulties. 


AKAYA is a non-profit organization focusing on the personal and professional development of the next generation of African female leaders by building their confidence, centering their voices and ensuring they reach their full potential. We seek that all African girls and young women have the confidence to take ownership of their journeys’ in good knowledge and in good health, in order to thrive in their own world and that of the next generations’.

Our Fundraiser

In line with launching AKAYA, we are fundraising! With the aim of raising £10,000 to support our flagship programme - The ‘Like Her Project’. The ‘Like Her Project’ encourages young girls to 'Dream, Think and Work towards being Like ‘Her’ - the 'Her' referring to any phenomenal woman the young girl looks up to. As part of the programme, educational workshops are organized with a focus on female sexual health (including menstruation), confidence building, public speaking and empowerment. The project also involves the donation of health and educational items like sanitary pads (combating period poverty) and school supplies, with the aim of minimising the barriers towards the pursuit of Girls' education.

Do you want to ensure we keep our girls in school? Are you interested in creating a better world for the ever-growing girl generation? 

Then, kindly support AKAYA by making your donation using the link below:  

How else can you support AKAYA?

Click here to find out more!

Also, don't forget to follow us on all our social media platforms:

Instagram & Twitter: @akayafoundation

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