Entertainment of Monday, 23 April 2018
Dziffa Akua Ametam, a presenter at Citi TV was honoured for her hard work and outstanding contribution to society at the Glitz Women Honours last Saturday at Labadi Beach Hotel.
Dziffa was the Young Star Honouree for 2018, a recognition for her influence and efforts as a social entrepreneur.
After receiving the award, Dziffa recounted the challenges she went through as a young woman to find her voice.
“So I fed off the courage of my friend Melissa who wrote a piece called Reclaiming my Vagina, then I read about Maya Angelou being mute as a child and Gabriel Union being raped at gunpoint.
And as I grew older, I discovered the power of writing from Mariama Ba and the importance of community building from Wangari Mattai.
I fed off the courage, power, and fearlessness of these women to find my own voice.
I started molding the woman I wanted to become,” she said.
Dziffa urged women to utilize opportunities they get to inspire others with their life experiences.
“We dedicate this award to the African girl child who needs just one story. Whatever it is you’re going through, you will survive it and go on to thrive in this business of life.
And when you an opportunity to be on a platform like Glitz, don’t forget to speak. Because there are millions of African children waiting for your story to be told so they can mold themselves into the powerful, confident, fearless women this continent deserves,” she added.
About Dziffa Akua Ametam
Dziffa Akua Ametam is the founder of Dziffa.com, an online marketplace for high quality made-in-Ghana goods.
Dziffa.com enables lovers of African goods both at home and abroad shop the best of Ghana from the comfort of their homes.
In 2015, Dziffa launched ‘Reviving Made in Ghana’ in collaboration with the Ghana Mission to the United Nations. The event, showcased and celebrated Ghana’s creative industry, and was attended by entrepreneurs, business owners and students in New York City and Washington, D.C.
In June 2017, Dziffa launched GHANA NIE, a local goods fair or high quality made in Ghana goods.
In October 2017, Dziffa collaborated with Impact Hub NYC on Ghana Made, Tackling the 2030
Sustainable Development Goals through Enterprise. The purpose of the event was to introduce the African Diaspora to innovative consumer brands in Ghana and engage them in shopping directly from local businesses as a way to contribute to Ghana’s development.
In December 2017, Dziffa worked with the ministry of Trade and Industry on the Ghana Made Christmas Street Fair. The first fair of its kind focused on enticing the Ghanaian public to shop locally made goods for the holidays.
Dziffa’s work promoting Made-in-Ghaga landed her an appointment as a Made-in-Ghana brands Ambassador in 2017 by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Akua was awarded the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award by African Youth Excellence, named Top 30 Under 30 Rising Stars of Ghana by the Future of Ghana and named Top 100 Visionary Women to Watch in 2016 by Innov8tiv
She was previously a teaching fellow at Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology where she worked with entrepreneurs from Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria on finding local solutions to global problems.
Dziffa, is a co-host of Citi TV’s breakfast show which is soon start in earnest.