Akua Oforiwa Darko

2021 Fellow from Ghana

Akua Oforiwa Darko is a broadcast journalist and development communicator with 10 years of experience focusing on gender and health. With a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Akua uses the power of the media to change society. She reports on issues affecting the freedom and rights of marginalized people, especially women and children. Awards include Best Reporting on Tourism and Arts at the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) Awards (2012), top prize overall at the Migration Reporters Awards (2018), and Best News Reporting at the GJA Awards (2020), as well as two international media recognition awards. Passionate about helping women and children, Akua founded the Oforiwa Inspires Foundation (OIF). OIF's Stolen Future Project and Pink and Blue Project support women and children in Ghana, and the Still a Woman Project empowers women experiencing infertility and breaks the cycle of stigma. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Akua hopes to apply the knowledge gained to her career and, through OIF, set up mentoring clubs in schools in deprived communities that will empower boys and girls to discover their purpose in life and set them on the path to a bright future.

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