REMEMBERED: Esther Afua Ocloo
GOOGLE HAS honoured Ghanian entrepreneur Esther Afua Ocloo with a doodle on what would've been her 98th birthday.
Known to many as “Auntie Ocloo”, Esther spent her life working tirelessly to improve the lives of women and left behind an inspirational legacy.
Read more facts about the pioneer below:
- Esther was born Esther Afua Nkulenu on April 18, 1919 in the South Dayi District, Ghana
- Esther founded her company, Nkulenu Industries, despite having less than a dollar to her name when she made and sold her first jar of marmalade as a teenager.
- She traveled to England in 1949 to learn the latest techniques in food processing, becoming the first black person to obtain a cooking diploma from the Good Housekeeping Institute in London.
- In 1958, she became the first president of the Federation of Ghana Industries, and six years later became the first female Executive Chairman of the National Food and Nutrition Board of Ghana.
- Esther was married to Stephen, and the couple had four children together – a daughter, Vincentia Cannaco, and three sons: Vincent Malm, Christian Biassey and Steven jr.
- She died in 2002 after suffering from pneumonia, aged 82.
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