Ace actress and broadcaster Akumaa Mama Zimbi, real name Mrs. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi, has added another laurel to the numerous she has received in the past few years.
She has received the prestigious ‘Women’s Commission Shield of Honour – 2013’ for her feminine leadership in the media through her ‘Odo Ahomaso’ radio and TV talk show in Ghana.
It is also for her leadership in the empowerment of women and girls through her Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF).
This award was given to her by the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) – University of Cape Coast, local chapter.
Notable personalities who have also received this award are Rt. Hon. Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo, the first ever female Speaker of Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, the first ever female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast and current Minister of Education, Mrs. Sylvia Oppong Mensah, the first ever female Registrar of Takoradi Polytechnic, and Ms. Priscilla Tsuasam, first ever female NUGS President of the University of Cape Coast local chapter.
On receiving this prestigious award, Mama Zimbi asked the students, especially the ladies, to face life with devotion, dedication, determination and discipline, and achieve more than what she has been able to achieve in her personal and professional life.
She also charged them to always have faith in God and choose the narrow way, which is that though the end may justify the means, the means must always be good and morally acceptable.
She also took the opportunity to disclose that the Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project for sustainable economic development of widows in Ghana, which is one of the projects undertaken by the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF), will hold its fifth National Widows Alliance Conference (NAWAC) on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre, La with the theme ‘Widowhood Is Not A Curse, But Ordained By God’.
This conference is also to celebrate the United Nations International Widows Day.
Through WANE, over 300 widow groupings have been formed in Ghana, with membership swelling to over 6,000 nationwide.
The annual national Widows Alliance Conference for advocacy and national widows’ cohesion is organized on a large scale as the grand occasion where all of Ghana and Africa are made to appreciate the roles widows are playing as ambassadors of change in their communities.
It also serves as the ideal dialogue platform for the advocacy of a comprehensive policy and legal direction for elevating the standards of widows in Ghana.