Esther Afua Ocloo is the prolific Ghanaian entrepreneur honored in today’s Google Doodle. Today would have been her 98th birthday.
Her work as an entrepreneur started in 1930, when she began selling her own marmalade and orange juice. She became the first person in the country to run a formal food processing enterprise, Nkulenu Industries. She studied at the U.K.’s Achimota School, and was the first black person to obtain a degree in cooking from the Good Housekeeping Institute in London. Upon her return to Ghana, she used her business knowledge to help other Ghanaian women find success in entrepreneurship.
Ocloo is credited with breaking barriers for African women in entrepreneurship. She helped established Women’s World Banking in 1976, an organization which helped millions of women obtain credit and loans to start their own businesses, reports Google.
The doodle illustrates Ocloo “empowering the women of Ghana with the tools to improve their lives and communities.”
— Google in Africa (@googleafrica) April 18, 2017