OHENEWA
AKUFFO
An internationally accomplished athlete and Canadian Olympian in the sport of wrestling, Ohenewa Akuffo was born in North York, Ontario to Ghanaian parents. She had the opportunity to spend five years of her early childhood in Ghana when her parents relocated there. Her family returned to Canada when she was eight years old and settled in Brampton, Ontario.

Ohenewa's journey to the sport of wrestling started while in her first year of high school at Ascension Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. She later went on to wrestle for St. Augustine Secondary School in Brampton.

By age 17, she made her first Senior National Wrestling Team and represented Canada in the World Championships -- this was the start of Ohenewa’s success as a high-performance athlete. After that, she went on to represent Canada in over 30 countries and win many feats. Her notable achievements include:

Ohenewa received her Bachelor of Business Administrative (hons) Marketing (Certificate in Management and Sports Administration) from York University in 2011. In 2009 Akuffo was invited to York University to speak on gender equality to a group of first year students. In the same year she was also invited to address a group of kinesiology students on sports and business.

Her experience as an Olympian and world wrestling medalist has culminated in her becoming a sought-after professional speaker. Her many accomplishments played out on the world stage, has led her to discover numerous techniques that religious leaders, professionals, educators and young people can use to identify possibilities in their own lives and careers.

Through her own challenges, she has learned valuable practices to encourage others to stand up to uncertainties, face challenges, and welcome change.

As a speaker, Ohenewa has captivated thousands with her keynote addresses on How to Make Your Dreams a Reality. Ohenewas’ words reach the hearts of her audience to motivate change in themselves and their community. As a community advocate with a passion for inspiring youth and young adults to achieve greatness.

As a community advocate with a passion for inspiring youth and young adults to achieve greatness, Ohenewa spends a lot of her time speaking at schools and community organizations. She also works with the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Pan American Games, Plan Canada, Heart & Stroke Foundation and Right To Play on speaking series. She has also partnered with RBC and Bell Canada to speak at corporate events. Ohenewa is always looking to speak and inspire people of all ages.

WRESTLER | OLYMPIAN | WORLD MEDALIST | 10-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION