As part of its second annual celebration of Women’s Month, Dutch textile brand Vlisco announced its new team of ambassadors from west and central Africa last weekend. Popular and highly respected in the area, the company has been known to include themes and symbols of gender empowerment in their prints.
Each winner was selected by public vote from amongst three or four candidates from her respective country.
Cote d’Ivoire: Adonis Koffi
A professor of pediatrics, Koffi established the first specialized renal failure unit in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ghana: Eugenia Mawuena Adjoa Tachie-Menson
With her charity, the Young Educators Foundation, Tachie-Menson runs educational programs for children, which includes having brought the Scripps Spelling Bee to Ghana.
Nigeria: Adesuwa Onyenokwe
Onyenokwe is the publisher of TW magazine and was previously a broadcaster for the Nigerian Television Authority.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Patience Barandenge
Barandenge runs a group of women entrepreneurs and dreams that every young girl should have the right to be an independent entrepreneur.
Benin: Monique Kotchofa Faihun
As a bailiff, Faihun has fought her way through the traditionally male-dominated world of the justice system.
Togo: Aimee Abra Tenu
As the director of the nonprofit Sainte Therese De L’enfant, Tenu works to provide access to education and clean drinking water. Recently, she launched a campaign to promote the recycling of plastic waste.
During the past month, nominees spent time giving inspirational talks, taking part in charity events and touring around their countries. The ambassadors will spend the next year as the face of Vlisco’s Women’s Month campaign. The previous ambassador was Nollywood actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus.