Praise Exports Ltd are an Agro-Processing Company in Ghana. Founded in 1994, this company has gone to provide the best in Ghanaian produce, ranging from palm oil to gari. Godwin Edem Adordie, (CEO) aims to make Praise Exports a leading food processing company in Ghana.
Having worked in the UK for several years, Godwin took his experience and expertise back to Ghana, to help improve services within the food exportation services. Praise Exports have since grown and now export various products worldwide.
Godwin’s fantastic work with his company, has earned him the nomination for the Gamank Group Efie Ne Fie award. Efie Ne Fie award recognises expatriates that have moved and setup functional businesses in Ghana.
GUBA speaks to Godwin Adordie, as he tells us why he deserves the award..
Tell us about the premise behind your business
When I used to work as a shop attendant in the UK, I realised that almost all the African foods that were imported came in their raw state without any value addition. This condition allowed for easy contamination and made the foods highly perishable. The situation also limited market access and national revenue of the individual exporting countries. I learnt a few conventional ways of preserving food from my mom during my adolescence and I thought of commercialising these preservative techniques when I returned from the UK. I consulted with my family and some friends at Food Research Institute and made some trials with products like banku powder and hausa koko powder. A few friends in Europe were asked to try the products and the feedback was very encouraging.
I then started by sending a few boxes by air to friends who then gave it to other friends. The orders started trickling in and that was it – the birth of Praise Export Services Ltd. We later developed other products to add to the package and now we have over 10 products in our baskets.
How does it feel to be nominated for the Efie Ne Fie award and what would winning mean to you?
Its feels great to know that our efforts at enhancing food packaging and preserving food are being recognised. For me, it is a motivation to do much better.
What do you think about the GUBA Awards?
The GUBA awards is innovative and should be supported to stay.
Where does your motivation come from?
Our motivation comes from our service to mankind and the creation of jobs.
Do you have any plans of expanding your business?
Yes! On a yearly basis, we find new ways to expand our services.
Are you involved in any other projects?
I have ventured into a 500 acre plantation farming of oil palm with over 200 acres of the trees yielding fruits which feed the factory. I also do business training for churches and students.
What message would you give to aspiring and upcoming entrepreneurs?
The road to the top is not an easy one. It takes only those who are focused and committed to their vision, no matter what, to get to the top. Learn to rise above your failures and be prepared to learn new things regarding the choice you make.
Do you have anything else you would want to add?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and He shall direct your path.
Praise Exports are slowly making their way as leading providers in agro-processing in Ghana. Their work so far has been remarkable and we are sure of more to come.
Vote for Godwin Adordie (Praise Exports) for the Gamank group Efie Ne Fie award at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/efie-ne-fie
Find out more about Praise Export at www.praiseexport.com