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Ghanaian Entrepreneur, Esther Afua Ocloo, Honored With Today's Google Doodle

Groundbreaking Ghanaian entrepreneur Esther Afua Ocloo is recognized in today's Google Doodle on what would have been her 98th birthday.

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."

 

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The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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