Patricia Obo-Nai: Contributing To The Transformation Of Ghana’s Music Industry As Vodafone Ghana’s CEO

Patricia Obo-Nai is the Chief Executive Officer at Vodafone Ghana

Vodafone Ghana became the title sponsor of the Ghana Music Awards in 2011.

Interestingly, the current CEO of the company, Patricia Obo-Nai also joined Vodafone Ghana as Technology Director in 2011. So it is safe to say that she has been involved in contributing to the success of the partnership between Vodafone Ghana and the organisers of Ghana Music Awards even before attaining the high position of CEO in 2019 as the first Ghanaian.

Patricia Obo-Nai

It has been ten years since Vodafone Ghana became the title sponsor of the Ghana Music Awards and in two years of being the CEO of Vodafone Ghana, Patricia Obo-Nai has led the implementation initiatives that will aid in the transformation of the Ghanaian music industry.

On August 29, 2020, She announced a special award labelled ‘Vodafone Green Ambassador’ award at the 21st edition of the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA).

This award was introduced to celebrate artists contributing and using music to drive awareness of the need to save the environment.

This is in line with Vodafone’s purpose-led agenda to promote a sustainable music industry.

“Vodafone is a brand of purpose and we are happy to support individuals who promote a green planet,” Patricia Obo-Nai said when introducing the award at the 21st VGMA.

Patricia Obo-Nai presenting an award at the 21st Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

The first recipient of the ‘Vodafone Green Ambassador’ award was Gasmilla.

Another great initiative for the music industry that has been implemented under the leadership of Patricia Obo-Nai is a platform called ‘Your Business Online,’ which has been created to enable musicians, industry players, and entrepreneurs to own a personal website.

Designed by Vodafone Business, ‘Your Business Online’ provides all the elements required to build a special brand and grow one’s business online. The platform will also create a digital space for artists and industry players to promote their works online.

This platform was announced at the maiden edition of the VGMA National Music Summit, another initiative that brought to life under the leadership of Patricia Obo-Nai as CEO of Vodafone Ghana. The Summit, held on June 21, 2021, forms part of efforts to foster a national broad-based conversation towards the growth of the local industry.

Patricia Obo-Nai at the 20th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

Furthermore, in bridging the gap that exists between art and academia, the organizers, together with Vodafone Ghana, created the VGMA in Schools project. The project seeks to work with schools, offering students interested in a career in music, an opportunity to dialogue with professionals.

Artistes including Camidoh, Epixode and Kuami Eugene are some artistes who have mounted the entertainment stages of various Senior High Schools, performing and engaging the animated students.

These initiatives are some that have been implemented since Patricia Obo Nai took over as CEO of Vodafone Ghana. What has been done so far, however, is evident of the fact that more will be done in the coming years as Vodafone Ghana and the organisers of the Ghana Music Awards continue to partner to celebrate the works of Ghanaian musicians.

Theresa Ayoade (CEO of CharterHouse) and Patricia Obo-Nai (CEO of Vodafone Ghana)

About Patricia Obo-Nai

Patricia Obo-Nai is an engineer by profession with over 20 years of experience in Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications. She worked with Millicom Ghana Limited, operators of Tigo for 14 years, before joining Vodafone Ghana.

Prior to her appointment as CEO of Vodafone Ghana, she was the Technology Director from January 2011 until August 2016 when she became the Director of Fixed Business and Customer Operations. She was also the Acting Consumer Business Unit Director (Sales & Marketing) in July 2018.

For her O-Level and A-Level, she attended St Roses Senior High (Akwatia) and the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School respectively. She continued at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. She also holds an Executive MBA and Executive Education degree from the University of Ghana and Kellogg School of Management in the USA respectively. She also acquired an Executive Education degree from INSEAD in France.

For her work she has received the following awards:

  • 2012 – Best Female Technologist Award at the annual Ghana Telecom Awards in June
  • 2017 – Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Engineering at KNUST
  • 2018 – Listed as one of the 100 most inspiring women leaders in Vodafone
  • 2019 – Won the Presec “Odade3” Honorary Torch Award
  • 2020 – Ghana Women of Excellence Awards
  • 2020 – National Communications Awards Telecommunications Personality of the Year
  • 2020 – Sustainability and Social Impact (SSI) Awards STEM Leadership Award
  • 2020 – Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards (GITTA) Telecom CEO of the Year
  • 2020 – Young Professional Role Model in Women Executive Leadership Award
  • 2021 – Women Leadership Excellence Award at Ghana CEO’s Network Summit

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