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Jennifer Atanga Akongbota

Procurement and Supply Chain Manager at Coastal Development Authority, Ghana

What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a woman in business to date? 

The constant struggle against prejudices just because one is a woman. This constantly makes you prove your worth before you are recognised or valued.



Who has inspired you (male or female)?

Mrs. Stella Addo, CIPS Ghana Country Manager.

What do you wish you’d known when you started out and/ or what advice would you give your younger self?

The value and importance of Mentorship. The advice I will give myself, is to avail myself of the opportunity to be mentored by different people with diverse expertise and experiences of our noble profession.

What are the character traits of successful women and/ or what do you think makes a good leader?

Traits of successful women include, being resourceful, diligent, multi-tasking, self-motivated, daring; being a visionary and being humble.

Do you have a favourite quote or statement that sums up your approach to life? 

Fidelis In Parvo meaning, "Faithfulness in Small Things"

What do you #ChooseToChallenge?

I #ChooseToChallenge the notion that women should play the second fiddle. Women can also lead or become leaders for others, including men to follow.

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