- Najja Parker The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Have you peeped Google today? It’s all about Esther Afua Ocloo, one of Ghana’s most outstanding businesswomen.
The search engine, which sometimes uses its homepage to honor prominent figures, is highlighting the pioneering entrepreneur, who would have been 98 years old today.
Born in 1919, the trailblazer made history when she launched her career as a teen with just one dollar.
In the 1930s, her aunt had given her a few Ghanaian shillings and with the money, she bought sugar, oranges and 12 jars to make marmalade jam.
Soon after, she made a solid profit, earning a contract to supply her high school and later the military with her products.
Ocloo called her edibles Nkulenu, her maiden name, and traveled the globe to learn more about the food industry so that she could help build Ghana’s economy.
She eventually became known as Auntie Ocloo and was the first woman to receive the Africa Prize for Leadership in 1990.
For the remainder of her life, she taught other women how to become entrepreneurs and proposed solutions on how to fight hunger and poverty.
Now, Google is honoring her legacy. Check out the doodle archive to see Ocloo’s animated doodle.