Esther Afua Ocloo was bornon 18 April 1919 in South Dayi District, Ghana, Ghanaian, is Co-Founder of Women's World Banking. Esther Afua Ocloo was a Ghanaian entrepreneur who co-founded the Women's World Banking in 1976, with Michaela Walsh and Ela Bhatt. A pioneer in the practice of micro-lending in her country, she was dedicated to the cause of economic empowerment of poor women and their families. Born into a poverty stricken family, she realized the significance of being economically independent early on in life. Blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit and great ambitions, she started her own business venture when she was just a teenager. Though initially she struggled and also had to face ridicule from others of her clan, she persevered through all the hardships to become one of Ghana’s best-known entrepreneurs. Her success earned her assistance from Achimota College which enabled her to study agriculture and food technology in the U.K. Upon on her return to Ghana, she focused on helping other women in running their own small businesses with the management skills she had acquired in the U.K. Her entrepreneurial efforts, combined with her determination to help other women become economically independent, gained her national and international attention and she was invited to the first United Nations World Conference on Women in 1975. Shortly after, she co-founded the Women’s World Banking. She was honored with several awards, including the African Prize for Leadership, for her relentless work promoting economic empowerment of women.
She became ill with pneumonia in early February 2002 and died on 8 February 2002, at the age of 82
She was a bright student and won a scholarship to Achimota School where she studied from 1936 to 1941, obtaining the Cambridge School Certificate
Esther Afua Nkulenu was born on 18 April 1919 in Peki Dzake, British Togoland, to George Nkulenu, a blacksmith, and his wife Georgina, a potter and farmer