NSMQ 2021: Female CEOs in Ghana to set up a GHC10,000 Education Endowment Fund for Francisca Lamini
Weeks after the grand finale of the 2021 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), Keta Senior High Technical School (KSHTS) continues to make strides as doors of opportunities continue to open for the trio, especially Francisca Lamini, the most outstanding female contestant.
A group of female Chief Executive Officers in Ghana has decided to set up an education endowment fund, with a seed amount of GHC10,000, to support the education of Francisca Lamini, the only female in this year’s National Science and Maths Quiz finals and the first girl in eight years to appear in the finals.
At the grand finale of this year’s National Science Maths Quiz (NSMQ), Francisca Lamini, representing Keta Senior High Technical School (KSHTS aka KETASCO) was adjudged the Outstanding Female Performer.
Ms. Angela Kyerematen- Jimoh (former IBM Africa & Middle East Regional Manager,) had during the competition, admired Francisca’s sterling performance and decided to rally a group of fellow female CEOs and Business Leaders to groom, mentor and empower the promising Francisca, after the competition.
The group has also pledged to support more females to participate in the NSMQ in the future.
At a short meeting in Accra, on Thursday, December 9, 2021, the female CEOs commended Francisca for her brilliance performance during the NSMQ and pledged, not just to support her financially, but also mentor and groom her during the rest of her tertiary education so she could achieve her dream of becoming a medical doctor.
The female CEOs include Theresa Ayoade (CEO Charter House,) Dr. Edith Dankwa (Board Chair Business and Financial Times Limited), Abena Amoah (Deputy Managing Director, Ghana Stock Exchange),
Nana Ama Dowuona (Founder and Managing Partner N Dowuona & Company), Fatima Ali Mohammed (CEO Africa Brand Warrior), Success Akpene Asima (General Manager, Privysas Limited ),
Yvette Adounvo Atekpe (CEO Dimension Data) and Juliet Shieddy Akamboe (Head-Mining and Metals, West Africa, Standard Bank Group).
Francisca Lamini expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the group of benevolent CEOs for their kindness in taking it upon themselves to groom her and make her a role model for other young women.
She also expressed the hope that the benevolent commitment of her senior sisters would inspire many more girls to take their studies very seriously especially in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Managing Director of Primetime Limited, Organisers of the NSMQ, Nana Akua Ankomah-Asare,
shared her appreciation to the group and stressed that even though this is not the first time a female is making it to the finals of the competition the appearance of Francisca, after eights years, shows a special grace.
Also present at the meeting were Asad Nazir (CEO, Silver Star Auto Limited), Samuel Amanor (Founder &CEO BluSPACE Africa Technologies Ltd), William Delali Ofori (Senior Partner & Consultant Chiron Health Consult),
Isaac Boateng (KETASCO NSMQ Co-ordinator/ Dzolalian 1996 Year Group) , Matilda Fiadzigbey (First Director of Stool Lands/ Surveyor / Lawyer/ Dzolalian 1966 Year Group), Mawuli Fui Kwadzovia (PRO – Bui Power Authority / Dzolalian 2004 Year Group),
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Source: Mawuli Fui Kwadzovia