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Kojo Asamoa-Caesar wins Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District Democrat primary

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Newcomer, Kojo Asamoa-Caesar has won his 1st District Democrat primary by more than 25 percentage points over Mark Keeter for the right to face incumbent Rep. Kevin Hern this November. Hern, a Republican, is joined by Independent Evelyn Rogers on the ballot.

In celebrating the landmark victory, he tweeted A hundred years ago, this wouldn’t have been possible. But today, because of all of you who exercised your right to vote, and voted for change—this is possible. Change is possible and change is coming. Thank you! Onwards to November”

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar is a first-generation American, the son of a certified nursing assistant and a taxi driver who were drawn to the United States from Ghana by the call of the American Dream. Driven by his mother’s strength and encouragement, Kojo excelled in school and went on to study Communications at Old Dominion University, where he was elected student body president and founded T.R.U.S.T., an organization dedicated to developing young adults as positive change agents in their communities.

Kojo then went on to study law at the College of William & Mary, the oldest law school in the United States. After graduating, rather than entering a career in law, Kojo decided to join Teach for America, which brought him to Tulsa as a kindergarten teacher in 2013. His students  saw significant growth in their reading scores, and he was ultimately named Teacher of the Year at his school site after just his second year of teaching.

After spending time studying education policy as a Fellow with the Urban Leaders Fellowship, Kojo was asked to serve as the founding principal of Greenwood Leadership Academy, an elementary school in North Tulsa, founded in 2017 as part of a partnership between the Met Cares Foundation and Tulsa Public Schools. There he recruited, hired and managed a staff of 25 to operate a school serving over 250 students.

Most recently, Kojo served as interim executive director at 36 Degrees North, a co-working space that serves as Tulsa’s basecamp for entrepreneurs, serving over 500 members representing over 47 different industries.

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“I love hanging out with my wife, Onikah, and our two dogs, Zazu and Simba. We love watching Netflix and HBO shows like House of Cards, Insecure, and Game of Thrones. I also love reading books on great people and how they became that way, and I’ve recently fallen in love with playing golf on the weekends and 2K19 when it’s too cold outside”

He lives in the Ogan’s Circle neighborhood with his wife, Onikah, newborn baby girl Hadassah, and their two rescue dogs, Simba and Zazu.

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IWD Women’s Profile – Cynthia Degbor Akafia

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In a field dominated by men, many women have been excelling in their various roles. AirtelTigo, one of the leading telecommunications companies, recognizes and values the contributions of women to its business. In a move to embrace equity, the company is highlighting some women whose impact on the organization has been significant.

Cynthia Degbor Akafia, Legal and Regulatory Director at AirtelTigo, shares her path and valuable contributions to AirtelTigo, how mentorship influenced her career, and her dedication to empowering other women.

Background

Cynthia Degbor Akafia is an experienced and seasoned legal practitioner with a multi-disciplinary background in Law. Presently, she is the Legal and Regulatory Director for AirtelTigo. Born in Accra, she is the first of four children.

Education

Cynthia begun her education from Bishop Bowers Primary School in Laterbiokoshie, continued to Holy Child School and then to the University of Ghana for her bachelor’s degree in English & Languages.

With an interest in law, Cynthia did her post first Degree, LLB, at the law faculty of the University of Ghana, then proceeded to law school and was called to the bar in 2011.

Career

Prior to joining Millicom Ghana Limited, Cynthia gained extensive internship experience at Kudjawo & Co, AB & David Law, and Reindorf Chamber. While at Kudjawo & Co, Cynthia was instrumental in the Due Diligence process for the acquisition contract of Millicom Ghana’s Telecommunication mast by Helios Towers, only to return to Millicom after becoming a lawyer.

After law school, Cynthia joined the reputable law firm of Minkah Premo & Co, and quickly rose to the position of Head of Corporate and Compliance within six months due to her enthusiasm for dealing with compliance issues and exceptional organisational skills. She also doubled as the Company Secretary of the firm and acted as Secretary to over 50 Boards of Companies in and out of Ghana.

Before Law school, Cynthia worked on various legal and policy reform issues at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). She also served as the Programmes Coordinator of the EU Women’s Programme where she worked to increase women’s participation and representation in Parliament; a platform that encouraged women to unleash their political ambition. This Programme was sponsored by The European Union. Additionally, after obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Cynthia had the opportunity to serve at the Linguistics Department of the University of Ghana as a National Service Person.

  1. How did you end up in your role as Director for Legal & Regulatory?

Prior to the merger of Millicom Ghana Limited and Airtel Ghana Limited, I was the Head of Legal and Company Secretary at Millicom Ghana Limited, a position I rose to within a year of joining the company. Upon the merger of the two companies, I was made the Head of Corporate & Commercial transactions until the position of Regulatory Director became available and I challenged myself again acting in that position for a year, I was confirmed subsequently. I currently wear two caps, as the Legal and Regulatory Director, and the Company Secretary of Airtel Mobile Commerce.

  1. What do you think helped you get so far in your career?

Taking up challenges. Not resigning myself to setbacks, my journey through law school, and not settling in my comfort zone. My family has also been a great inspiration, most especially my husband who has been a strong support, and I am eternally grateful. I also embrace diversity and its challenges, eg. through law school.

  1. What do you see as the biggest barrier to embracing equity of women in the economy, especially in Technology/STEM (Science, Technology. Engineering. Mathematics) and what more needs to be done?

The fact that women and men are not equal is first. Biologically and even physically, women’s bodies are not built like that of men, hence some things cannot be handled by women even when they challenge themselves to it. The fact is that Women will become pregnant and birth children, not only once, and that also has so many challenges that a man does not face. Base on the above Affirmative action should be taken every time in considering roles/positions for women and in dealing with women in all spheres of life.

  1. Has mentorship played a role in your career?

Yes, I have been mentored by women in leadership positions at my various workplaces throughout my career. My employer and mentor at IEA is the current Electoral Commission chair of Ghana. I also belong to Mentoring Women Ghana, a women mentoring group who take up mentorship of young ladies from tertiary Institutions every year.

  1. What is the most important message you want to send to young women thinking about their careers?

I will summarize this in three points:

  • Do not limit yourself to what you can do. Open yourself to improving yourself, you can afford it.
  • Network, this is what will open opportunities for you both local and internal.
  • Avail yourself to mentoring and training.

  1. On the backdrop of 2023’s International Women’s Day theme “Embrace Equity”, do you think society is embracing equity? In your line of work, is equity something we are inching closer to?

With the increased realization and education in recent times, Policies are being developed in that line, back with Millicom, HR recruited an expectant mother as she was qualified for the job. I also believe there is more room for improvement, especially in taking affirmative action when it comes to women.

  1. At your level, what actions do you take towards gender equality in your workplace?

I ensure that equal opportunities are given to both male and female employees. If a female qualifies to occupy the position that was previously occupied by a male, she should receive the same renumeration and benefits that come with the position. I was also very instrumental in the creation of the mother’s nest as the Diversity Implementation Committee Chair with Millicom Ghana Limited in 2016.

  1. What advice will you give women struggling in a male-dominated industry.

Always give off your best, especially because other biology factors work against us women. Go the extra mile. You will be rewarded if you do your best.

  1. What positive changes have you seen regarding women in the workplace since you started your career?

Honestly, I have witnessed the company embracing gender inclusivity at the workplace, example of the opportunity giving an expectant mother. Even the opportunity to form the Diversity Implementation Committee some years ago was a good initiative which birthed the mother’s nest and has even imparted on the WFH policy that COVID-19 brought to bear.

  1. What three values govern the way you live your life?

Integrity, Virtuousness and Discipline are the principles that guide my life.

The AirtelTigo International Women’s Day Profiling campaign spans over a month and is aimed at celebrating women in their respective workplaces. The campaign is designed to recognize and highlight the significant contributions made by women to the growth and success of the company. Through this campaign, AirtelTigo aims to promote gender equity and encourage women to strive for excellence in their careers. Overall, the campaign seeks to promote gender diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

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Kwabena Kwabena’s Manager reveals why he did not file for nomination in this year’s VGMAs

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The manager of Ghanaian highlife musician Kwabena Kwabena, Nana Poku Ashis, has confirmed that his artiste, Kwabena Kwabena did not submit his music for nomination in this year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs). (more…)

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Tems and Wizkid Grab 2023 iHeart Radio Award

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Watch: Sarkodie earns “daddy of the year” with this beautiful birthday celebration for his daughter, Titi

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Award-winning Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie has celebrated his daughter’s birthday in the most cutest way possible. (more…)

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24th VGMAs: Black Sherif hopes to win big

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Black Sherif is hoping to win big at the 24th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. (more…)

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Angélique Kidjo says the Grammys ‘need diversity’

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African music star Angélique Kidjo says the Grammy Awards “need diversity [and] gender equality” in order to survive. (more…)

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