The wife of the former Prime minister of Great Britain Mrs Cherie Blair applauded the GUBA team during her attendance at this year’s 4th annual GUBA Awards held on Saturday November 16th at the Park Plaza Riverside Hotel.
Presenting the Most Outstanding Award to Mr Prince Kofi Amoabeng, CEO at UT Bank, Mrs Blair said, “GUBA awards is a great occasion to celebrate the range of skills and talents emanating from Ghana, to the huge benefit of the United Kingdom. My congratulations to all tonight’s winners; may you continue with your incredible achievements for years to come, continuing to strengthen the relationship between our two wonderful countries”
Splendour, elegance and the usual warm Ghanaian hospitality was on showcase. The award exceeded expectations with a star studded guest list, spectacular entertainment, and appetising traditional food.
The evening saw 18 GUBA awards being handed to deserving winners in various categories and special achievements. Each of the 18 received a carefully designed trophy with their award details and names engraved on it.
Among the guests were GUBA patron Hugh Quarshie (Holby City), Mrs Cherie Blair, His Excellency Peter Jones British High Commissioner to Ghana, MOBO’s Kanya King, Black Stars and Fulham footballer Derek Boateng actor Clarke Peters of the Wire fame and several other dignitaries and community leaders.
Hosted by ITN news presenter Charlene White and Henry Bonsu of Colourful Radio, the euphoric atmosphere was filled with true Ghanaian pride and excitement and supported by business leaders like such as Felix Nyarko-Pong, CEO uniBank (Ghana) limited, Eric Guichard, CEO of Homestrings and Jonathan Howard, CEO of Business Council for Africa.
The Trinity Baptist Church Youth Choir started the night with the Ghanaian National Anthem supported by the Composers band before the CEO of GUBA Dentaa, took the stage to welcome guests and to reiterate the aims and objectives of the event and the good work that the GUBA foundation are doing to create awareness of autism within the Ghanaian community and further plans to do a week of autism awareness in Ghana. The CEO went on further to appeal to corporate organisations and individuals to keep supporting the good work of GUBA and its foundation. “Next year will be our fifth anniversary so we are appealing to all to help sponsor and make it a special one. The GUBA vision is to become a major social catalyst to spur investment opportunities, business partnerships and innovation between Ghana and the UK, and we’d like to thank you all sincerely for supporting the cause and those who work hard to support it”, Dentaa said.
This year sponsors offered winners an extra incentive as follows:
Invest In Africa Sustainable Business Award; A free listing on the new online platform: Africa Partner Pool (APP) and a framed Sunderland football shirt, a collector’s item.
BLAVO AND CO Best Young Entrepreneur Award; Free legal advice for 6mths
GAMANK Efie Ne Fie Award; Free investment and financial advice for 6mths
Money Gram Best Ghanaian Association of the Year Award; £500 cheque
Arik Air Rising Star Award; One return ticket to Ghana for the winners
Hometrings Small Emerging Business Award; Investment advice up to one year. Helping construct an investment portfolio of African opportunities that meet needs of winner
GUBA SPONSORS for this year included: Invest In Africa, Blavo & Co, Moneygram, uniBank (Ghana) limited, Armajaro, Ghana High Commission, RLG, GAM-ANK, MYGAPPAREL, British High Commission, HOMESTRINGS, Arik Air, Empire Fashion, CHELSIQUE bespoke events.
MEDIA partners: ABN TV, The Voice Newspaper, Newspress, Panache Occasions, acs, AfroPulp, Discover GHANA, The British Blacklist, Precise Marketing Solutions, Diamond Radio, Screen Nation Zen Magazine, E-volution, FAB photography, GLA News, Hot Digital online, Homebase TV, rickiedavies pr, gfm radio, ghone entertainment tv, joyonline, NUQUARI ARTS STUDIO and many other radio, TV and online SUPPORTERS.
The GUBA Foundation JUST GIVING page is now up and running. Please use it to donate to the foundation. https://www.justgiving.com/gubafoundation/
Armajaro and Ghana High Commission in the UK Corporate Business of the Year
Vodafone Group Services Ltd
Invest In Africa Sustainable Business Award
Agro Mindset Organisation
GAMANK Efie Ne Fie Award
Debra-Jane Nelson | Mahogany Events
BLAVO AND CO Best Young Entrepreneur Award
Edwin Kwaku Broni-Mensah
Best African Fusion Designer
Hometrings Small Emerging Business Award
Akua Wood | Sheabutter Cottage
Money Gram Best Ghanaian Association of the Year Award
Merseyside Association of Ghanaians
Artist of the year
RLG Development Award
Edward Amartey-Tagoe |Nandi Mobile