Iconic Akwaaba Lady Calls For Recognition after 20 years of promoting Ghana’s tourism


For two decades now, the iconic Akwaaba picture has become a popular image on the walls and doors in most Ghanaian homes, at Hotels, the Kotoka International Airport and in many other tourist sites in Ghana.

But, it appears not much has been done to recognize the pretty lady whose picture has made Ghana very popular today.

Angelina Nana Akua Oduro, is the pretty lady who was used for the iconic Akwaaba portrait. This portrait symbolizes the hospitality and nature of Ghanaians, and for 20 golden years now, it still hangs on the walls in our homes, churches, hotels and workplaces as you enter. The picture of the lady with the pot and calabash still greets our visitors with that sweet smile of hers.

In an interview with TV3 News, monitored by newstodaygh.com, Nana Akua appealed to the Ghana Tourism Authority to recognize her for the great job which her portrait has done to promote Ghana’s tourism.

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The Iconic Akwaaba portrait has become very popular to the extent that, even at the Country’s major Airports like the Kotoka International Airport, and in embassies overseas, the image is displayed to showcase the hospitality nature of Ghanaians.

In response to the request by Nana Akua Oduro, the CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Yofi Grant stated that, the his outfit will make sure that, she is given the needed recognition and that she will also be featured in the promotions and other advertisements in the tourism industry of Ghana.

Nana Akua Oduro stated that, the picture was taken when she was 18 years old and she was very surprised by the way it became popular within few weeks after it was shot in the studio.

There is an adage which goes like this: a country which does not honour It’s heroes is not worth dying for. So in the light of this profound statement, it is high time Ghana recognizes her now, and not wait until she gets to an old age and dies before she is eventually considered for a national award posthumously.

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