The Founders

Edith Uyovbukerhi is the co-founder of LittleBigSouls International Charitable Organisation, a not-for-profit organization committed to advocating on the serious issue of prematurity and the reduction of the terrible rates of death and disability for pre-term babies born in Africa.

She is the CEO of Sun Ridge Company Limited, Ghana. A manufacturer of premium quality packaged water.

Edith is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She holds an MBA in Finance from Stirling University in Scotland and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Brighton University, Brighton UK.

Edith is a strong, results oriented and dynamic proven leader bringing excellence and passion to whatever she does. She has wide experience spanning over 26 years in different blue-chip companies in the UK some of which include PwC, Cadbury, Nestle and Diageo with special focus in accounting, finance, business management, strategic planning, project management, and business systems implementation. She has excellent interpersonal skills and a great leader with the ability to motivate staff to peak performance. Edith moved back to Ghana from the UK in 2007 to head the Business Performance and Strategy unit in Diageo Plc, Ghana (a subsidiary of Diageo UK) and until July 2018, she has been the CEO of GN Foods Limited in Tema, Ghana, a manufacturing company involved in the production of high quality tomato paste brands for the local and export market.

Born in Ghana, raised in the UK prior to her relocation back to Ghana, Edith is a strong believer that the African woman is uniquely placed by way of heritage to be a formidable force for advancement and achievement globally and brings that into her involvement with women’s leadership organisations and groups. She is Founder of Strands of Pearls International, a women’s organisation focussed on excellent self-development, business solutions and peer networking and serves as a Director and member of the Advisory Board of the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO).

Edith is a strong advocate for mentoring young women as a means of ensuring a stronger next generation of African women and co-initiated the “Path of Hope” movement for millennial ladies together with Dr Alaa El-Halwagy of Innovative Group USA, under Strands of Pearls International. Her vision is to develop, empower, support and inspire millennial ladies in Africa towards anticipating, leading and celebrating positive change and development in our society, our country and continent.

With a deep belief in Africa and the potential of Africans to create innovative products and services that are sound, commercially viable, positively impactful and which can shape the future of the continent for good, Edith is involved with the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) with their trail blazing Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) initiative, serving as a judge for the IPA process in 2015. She is a passionate champion and ambassador for the organisation.

Edith’s lineage, Christian upbringing and strong family have inculcated in her a sense of giving back to humanity and of responsibility for those less fortunate. She is involved in many community and charitable projects at local and international level.

Edith’s experience of premature birth is a deeply personal one. She co-founded LittleBigSouls with her sister, following the tragic and very avoidable death of her preterm daughter in a hospital in Accra, Ghana in circumstances that were highly avoidable if the necessary infrastructure and facilities had existed in that hospital. She brings all her experience of being a preemie mother into the programmes that LittleBigSouls provide, and hence, the organisation provides support and care from a place of knowing. Her goal is that through the work of LittleBigSouls, they can level the playing field for the care of preemies born in Africa and to give these precious babies a fighting chance at survival.

Edith was recently revealed by the textile manufacturing giant Vlisco as their as the 2018 Vlisco Brand Ambassador for Ghana. She is married to Mitaire Uyovbukerhi and they are blessed with three wonderful children, Esemena, Garen and Kessiena. She lives in Ghana and in the UK.

Chief Mrs Yvonne F. Igweh LLB. BL. MPHIL (Cantab) is the Co-Founder of LittleBigSouls a not-for-profit-organization incorporated in the UK, and in Africa, committed to advocating on the serious issue of prematurity and the reduction of the terrible rates of death and disability for pre-term babies, particularly in Africa.

With an LLB with Honours from Sussex University and completion of the Bar at the prestigious Inns of Court Law School, She was called to the English Bar in Lincoln’s Inn and acquired+ her MPhil masters at Darwin College, Cambridge University England.

In possession of a sterling legal career which was acquired from her years of experience obtained from leading Barristers Chambers, and Law Firms in England such as, 3 Verulam Buildings and Essex Court Chambers and within her own Legal Consultancy, Chief Mrs Igweh holds extensive experience in international multi-jurisdictional corporate law, international arbitrations, and litigation.

 

Chief Mrs Yvonne Igweh was appointed a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar. She is married to Chief Okechukwu Igweh an Industrialist and CEO/Chairman of Bolingo Holdings Abuja, Nigeria, Bolingo Holdings Group and is a devoted mother of three. She holds the traditional Igbo royal titles of LOLO and NwanyiDi Ora Nma (Woman of Great Value). Passionate about the mission of LittleBigSouls, fuelled by the tragic loss of her niece, she is driven in her unwavering commitment to make a life-saving difference in the lives of pre-term babies born on the African Continent.