Multiple international award-winner and cultural icon, Akumaa Mama Zimbi, born Dr. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi, has won the Ghana-Nigeria Achievers Award 2016 for her women empowerment activities and being a true mentor to the youth across Africa.
Mama Zimbi received this award alongside prominent Nigerian and Ghanaian personalities like Kafui Dey, Victoria Michaels and Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye.
Mama Zimbi, who is a Ghanaian women’s rights leader, television and radio talk show host, actress, philanthropist, sex educator, relationship expert and marriage counselor, is also the host of Ghana’s number one and most consistent radio and television talk show on marriage, love and sex called ‘Odo Ahomaso’ on Adom 106.3 FM and AdomTV.
She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF), a non-governmental organisation which seeks to empower and support widows through its Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project, and also involved in the issues of adolescents. Through WANE, over 400 widow groupings have been formed in Ghana with membership swelling to over 8,000 nationwide.
Mama Zimbi recently hosted thousands of widows at the 8th National Widows Alliance Conference (NAWAC-2016) in Accra with the theme ‘Empowering Women and Men for the Future’.