Diana Wilson: Meet the 25-year-old Ghanaian CEO named Female Innovator of the Year

Diana Wilson: Meet the 25-year-old Ghanaian CEO named Female Innovator of the Year

  • Ghanaian entrepreneur, Diana Wilson, has been named the Female Innovator of the Year at the Africa Tech Festival Awards 2021
  • Her organisation, Yielding Accomplished African Women (YaaW), has become a place where hundreds of young women are building their careers.
  • In just 2.5 years of coming into existence, YaaW has trained 710+ young African women

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The CEO of Yielding Accomplished African Women (YaaW), Diana Wilson, has been named the Female Innovator of the Year at the Africa Tech Festival Awards 2021, Face2Face Africa reported.

The festival is the biggest and most influential tech event on the continent, informing and linking talents, business leaders, tech experts, policymakers, and investors leading Africa's digital scene for socio-economic impact.

For 24 years, the award scheme has recognised the contributions of individuals and groups in Africa's tech sphere.

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Diana Wilson, the CEO of Yielding Accomplished African Women (YaaW)
Diana Wilson: Meet the 25-year-old Ghanaian CEO named Female Innovator of the Year Photo credit: @WATVorg/Face2Face Africa
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Overcoming her limitations

Diana Wilson was born to single parenthood, a Ghanaian immigrant mother in Newark in the US.

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While research has shown that the zip-code of one's hometown alone can predict the level of wealth, education, and success a person would attain, Wilson triumphed her limitations despite her zip-code revealing that she was more likely to crumble in adversity than to conquer with perseverance.

It was the very inadequacies, including being a first-generation Ghanaian-American, being a low-income student, being a rape survivor that allowed her to perceive and identify with her purpose.

Wilson received her university education at the University of Virginia with a full scholarship.

Achievements

Following her education, she has gained significant exposure for her achievements via MTV and LinkedIn. As a published author, she has been featured in We Will Lead Africa, a compilation of the stories of 32 top African female leaders today.

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Wilson founded Yielding Accomplished African Women (Yaa W.), an ambitious mission to invest in under-invested Black women. In less than three years, her outfit has trained over 710 young African women.

She has the backing of corporate entities such as Bank of America, Google, IBM, MTN, Corporate Finance Institute (CFI), and Educative.io.

Ghanaian Female Car Detailer and Sprayer

In other stories on YEN.com.gh, Nayila Faisal of Next Level Autodetailing is a young Ghanaian female car detailer and sprayer who has carved out a niche for herself in the automobile industry.

Despite her growth and strides, she continues to face challenges as a woman in a male-dominated profession.

Faisal told Pulse Ghana that some people underrate her expertise because of her gender. "Some people don't give me work because I am a female,'' she said.

Source: Yen

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