Mrs Naa Odey Asante, Managing Director of the Christian Community Microfinance Limited (CCML), has been crowned the “Overall Best Finance Personality of the Year 2015” in the third edition of the National Women in Finance Awards.
She emerged from a competition that comprised distinguished female bankers in the financial sector — drawn from the banking, insurance and microfinance sub-sectors — to take the crown from the previous winner Ms. Abiola Bawuah, Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA).
The CCML boss also scooped the award for “Microfinance Personality of the Year” for her prudent leadership that has led to the transition of her institution from a financial non-governmental organisation to a deposit-taking microfinance company.
A statement issued to the press in Accra, said the National Women in Finance Awards (NWIF), organised by Women in Finance magazine, seeks to recognise and reward the efforts of women actors who are breaking the odds to become successful leaders and achievers in the financial sector.
This year’s edition was on the theme, “Towards improvement in service delivery; the role of women finance professionals”.
According to the statement, Mrs Asante expressed her gratitude for the prestigious opportunity to show the business world what they have got.
She attributed the sterling feat to the continuous support from family and the strong team spirit that exist in the workplace.
“It is important that people focus on their vision and not be cut off by the challenges and shortcomings. It is also good to pay attention to the people around you; they could be your source or motivation and encouragement,” she was quoted as saying.
Mrs Asante urged fellow women in the country to strive hard to achieve whatever mission that they set out; and dedicated the awards to the CCML team and loyal customers of the bank.
She said: “I feel excited that this award has been given to me; it is a real indication that hard work and diligence pays off. I will encourage my fellow women to pursue every vision that they set up to the finish.
“This is a strong message that everywhere and wherever you are, if you put yourself in whatever you do, you will be recognised and appreciated. I say a big thank you to the customers of the bank whose efforts and dedication has pushed me to win this award.”