“We don’t make a lot of noise!”..NanaAma Botchway-Dowuona
Less than seven years after launching her company in Ghana, NanaAma Botchway-Dowuona has earned her stripes as a leading lawyer. Earlier this year, her law firm N. Dowuona & Company was recognised by UK-based The Legal 500 – the world’s largest legal referral guide – as a top-tier law firm in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in the practice areas of commercial, corporate, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and infrastructure projects.
Such a remarkable feat would often come with huge investments in advertisement and marketing, but Botchway-Dowuona’s quieter approach to building business seems to have paid off: “I have been working very hard. But we don’t make a lot of noise!”
For some in the diaspora, the desire to return home can be held back by deep fears and questions about how they will cope. But Botchway-Dowuona always knew that her dream to reconnect with Ghana was not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. “I left Ghana when I was seven and I’ve always wanted to come back. I definitely don’t question [my identity]. There’s no question I’m Ghanaian, I speak Ga [a local dialect] and I was raised in a Ghanaian way,” she says. Back in 1992, when she was studying for her undergraduate degree at Princeton, she wrote her thesis on how to use the Grameen lending model for microfinance, to provide small loans to alleviate poverty in Ghana. “I’ve always been Ghana-focused and I’ve always wanted to either move back to Ghana or do something with Ghana,” she adds.