I attended the 6th annual GUBA awards on Saturday the 3rd of June as part of the press team. The awards ceremony was attended by an array of media personalities and notable individuals. These included MP Dianne Abbott, Iain Walker – British High Commissioner to Ghana, X Factor finalists Reggie n Bollie and BBC’s The Apprentice series 12 contestant Samuel Boateng to name a few.
The GUBA Awards is otherwise known as the Ghana UK Based Awards. It is a non-profit business and innovation award set up to acknowledge, celebrate and support Ghanaian based businesses and individuals in the UK. As the annual ceremony has grown the event has opened to a much wider audience. Regardless of your race, if you attain a business or charity background and have conducted projects in the UK with relation to Ghana you too could get involved in the awards ceremony. If you simply want to celebrate as a guest and enjoy a night of celebratory success then be sure to look out for the next event. The events are held annually.
The awards was founded by Dentaa Amoateng MBE who is a British-Ghanaian entrepreneur, actress, TV presenter, singer, producer and manager.
GUBA’s 6th annual awards ceremony was held in June 2017 and celebrated Ghana at 60. The hosts were the utterly hilarious comedian Eddie Kadi and well known Ghanaian entrepreneur, TV and radio presenter Anita Erskine.
It is evident that Dentaa is very passionate about her Ghanaian community. She wants awards such as GUBA to inspire and motivate others to pursue their ambitions and know that if others have done it so can they. Amidst the news reports of high levels of stabbings amongst young boys in London over the last few months, Dentaa said,
I want black boys to know that they can make it, look at Anthony Joshua [who went] from drugs and prison to a multi-millionaire boxer.
During the ceremony, a video from His Excellency – Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana was played to the audience.
I have been a keen follower of the activities of GUBA and I must say they have done a brilliant job especially in helping to consolidate the economic, social and tourism link between the UK and Ghana. We should all stand ready to support GUBA.
There were other notable videos that were played at the ceremony from veteran British broadcaster, Jon Snow and former First Lady, Cherie Blaire.
Amongst the recognitions and awards that were awarded on the night was the Outstanding Achievement Award that was given to Chris Hughton. He had been appointed the role of the manager of the football club, Brighton & Hove Albion FC. Chris had done amazingly well by leading the club to its promotion from the championship into the premier league this year.
Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom (pictured below in the middle), is a business consultant and leader of one of Ghana’s largest political party – Progressive People’s Party (PPP). The prestigious award for excellence in business was awarded to Dr. Nduom by Warner Rootliep, the general manager of UK & Ireland AirFrance KLM. He certainly deserved to win the biggest award of the night for his businesses in the banking, finance, hospitality and media industries.
I spoke to Samuel Boateng, BBC’s The Apprentice series 12 contestant on what it meant for him to be a nominee for Business Start Up of the Year. He simply spoke of wanting to give recognition to the Ghanaian UK business and help others like himself.
The GUBA Black Star Awardees
Maidie Arkutu – Female Influential Leader Apostle
Kwadwo Safo – Innovative Pioneer
Anas Aremeyaw Anas – Exceptional Journalist
Michael K. Obeng – Humanitarian Spirit
Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom – Excellence in Business, Ghana
Mr & Mrs Mensah (Uncle John’s Bakery) – Enterprising Business Award
Kwaku Oteng – Outstanding Industrialist
Dr Kofi Amoa-Abban – Young Oil & Gas Entrepreneur Kelvin Doe – Young African Innovator
Dr Nii Dzani – Influential Economist
Dr Jason Sarfo-Annin – Student Achiever of the Year
Mrs Ivy Manly-Spain – Female Excellence in Oil and Gas Award
Chris Hughton – Outstanding Achievement Award
For a list of the GUBA award winners visit the official website, gubaawards.co.uk. If you’re an aspiring business owner, entrepreneur or media personality check out the nominees, winners and guests who attended the event and follow them for inspiration and advice.
The ceremony was a fun, energetic and entertaining way to recognise those individuals, brands, organisations and charities alike, not just through heart warming speeches but also through performances and a live band.
I must state that the outfits that both Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians wore to the event were incredible. They were filled with colour, life and culture.
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