Elsie Addo Awadzi, the second deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), has emerged the Glitz Africa Corporate Personality of the Year at the 2020 edition of the Ghana Women of the Year Honours event in Accra.
She was honoured for her sterling contribution towards shaping Ghana’s economic management, especially in the areas of financial regulation and public financial management.
Awadzi used the occasion to thank everyone who has supported her in discharging her duties.
Waited too long
“It is not an easy task but a woman can do it. I so much believe that women belong in every place where important decisions that affect the whole nation are being made,” she said.
“You may have heard that I am the second woman occupying the role of the deputy governor. The only other woman who has had the privilege to serve in this role is Nana Oye Mansa Yeboaa, who served from 1989 to 1997.”
Awadzi was unhappy that so few women have been able to occupy a top position at the central bank since it was established 63 years ago.
“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. Sixty-three years of our nation’s history and of the Bank of Ghana’s existence is too long to have had only two women serving as deputy governors,” she said.
No longer a big deal
“So it is my prayer that before long it will not be a big deal and we will have many women doing this. Almost 21 years after she finished serving in that role, I got appointed in February 2018,” she said.
Awadzi also expressed gratitude to God, her family, the Bank of Ghana management led by Dr Ernest Addison and the BoG staff for supporting her.
The “Ghana Women of the Year Honours” is an awards scheme, instituted by Glitz Africa to celebrate women who use their expertise, position and influence to inspire others to make a difference in driving other women forward.