The late Ghanaian entrepreneur and women’s rights activist Esther Afua Ocloo has been honoured with a Google Doodle on the search giant’s UK homepage today.
She became one of Ghana’s most successful businesswomen, starting her business in the 1930s with less than a dollar to her name.
Her company was among the first in Africa to develop local food processing on an industrial scale, with her Nkulenu brand’s canned palm fruit, jams and other products still sold widely in Ghana and exported to the rest of the world.
She is credited with being among the pioneers of micro-financing, helping to improve financial inclusion for millions of women across the world.
Explaining why she had been chosen, Google said:
“On what would have been her 98th birthday, today’s Doodle shows Esther empowering the women of Ghana with the tools to improve their lives and communities.”