month of March is a chance to recognize the accomplishments of women throughout
history all over the world. Female trailblazers, both recent and historical are
being recognized for the admirable roles that they play.
As part of #TheSuperWoman celebration, we would be honouring some iconic women
with the UBA Group.
Meet Abiola Bawuah, fondly referred to as Amazon. She is an achiever, a
performer and a leading woman of excellence. She joined UBA in 2013 and by hard
work, rose to become the MD/CEO of UBA Ghana. While in this office, the bank
received many recognitions including “Best Bank” award in Risk Management, as
well as big ticket contracts.
Abiola is a creative individual and loves to study. She has several
leadership qualifications from Harvard Business School, Columbia; University of
New York, INSEAD and Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Switzerland.
Currently. Abiola is the Regional CEO West Africa 1. We had a sit down with her as she shared her thoughts on being successful.
I have learnt a lot through life experiences. Getting an education was tough.
My community didn’t encourage girl child education. In addition, I have lost my
job before and that wasn’t easy but I learnt along the line. I have matured
through these situations and I feel they have made me the improved person I am
today.•What’s the hardest thing about being a woman at the top?
The early stages of my career as MD/CEO in Ghana was tough as a woman. Not many
people believed a woman could do it. It was not common in Ghana but my success
began to speak for itself and not long after, I got all those who doubted me on
my side through hard work and commitment.
•After all the success in your career, what keeps you going or inspires you
to do more?
The fact that I still have more to offer in itself is my greatest
inspiration. I always tell myself I am not done yet. There’s a lot more to
achieve. And of course, the people I work with, they are my utmost inspiration.
I use every opportunity I get to encourage girl child education and equality of
the woman. Late last year, with the help of like-minded friends, I launched the
Abiola Bawuah Foundation to help Girl Child Education and I can say that we are
doing very well.•How do you achieve work life balance?
We are a family of five. I think it’s more fun when the kids return from
school. These days I use my leisure time visiting schools to engage the girl
child. There have been great revelations and am I am glad am I am helping.
•What’s your current favourite song?
I like Patoranking’s Girlie ‘O’. I also like Nobel Nketia’s ‘Mete Ase yi’, his
songs are really inspirational.