Besides working on her thriving business, she also set up a programme to share her knowledge with other women who cook and sell products on the streets.
''You know what we found? We found that a woman selling rice and stew on the side of the street is making more money than most women in office jobs - but they are not taken seriously,'' she said.
In 1990, she became the first woman to receive the Africa Prize for Leadership.
Her work inspired men and women. She proposed alternative solutions to the problems of hunger, poverty and the distribution of wealth - championing the development of an indigenous economy based on agriculture. In 1999 interview, she said:
"Our problem here in Ghana is that we have turned our back on agriculture. Over the past 40 years, since the beginning of compulsory education, we have been mimicking the West".
Ocloo died in 2002 after suffering from pneumonia.
SheShe was a real pillar... worthy of emulation in our efforts to build ouOur nation. Her good works in the promotion of development in ghGhana cannot be measured.
Former Ghanaian President Kufuor
"She was a creator and we need many people of her calibre to build our nation", he added.
Today would have been her 98th birthday. In her honour Google is changing its homepage logo in the United States; Ghana; Peru; Argentina, Iceland; Portugal; Sweden; Australia; Greece; New Zealand; Ireland and the UK to a "doodle" – or illustration – of her empowering the women of Ghana.