5 years ago, Dentaa Amoateng thought of a concept that will unite and recognise the accomplishments of Ghanaians in the UK. This concept gave way to the first ever GUBA awards which took place on the 24th of October 2010 at the Porchester Hall in London.
GUBA’s ethos from inception till now is to unearth talents, showcase, acknowledge and celebrate the excellence of British Ghanaians. Several milestones have been achieved along the way ranging from; endorsements from former premier and wife Mr & Mrs Blair, FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, the Ghana Minister of Tourism, London Mayor- Boris Johnson, both Ghana and British High commissions and a whole host of prominent individuals and organisations. GUBA prides itself with her charitable wing – the GUBA Foundation which has been raising Autism awareness within the Afro-Caribbean community.
GUBA hosted its first ever business expo on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of November 2014 at the Charlton Athletic Football Club. The GUBA Expo aimed to provide a platform for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) trying to break into the British market, and workshops to help up and coming entrepreneurs. It was informative and well attended.
In lieu of its 5th year anniversary celebration, GUBA Team members looked back to how they felt about GUBA from its inception till now…..
Happy Birthday GUBA and congratulations to Dentaa for turning the dream into a reality, and bringing a wonderful team together. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the reality- Nana A
I recall hearing about the first GUBA awards when my cousin won the first GUBA’s Student Achiever Award. It is a great team to be part of and I really appreciate the dynamism, characteristics and enthusiasm each member brings. It is our individual uniqueness that has made GUBA what it is today– Jennifer
Well I first heard about GUBA around 3 years ago, it was a fabulous coincidence when I came across GUBA again through my work, I immediately wanted to help and be part of the team. It has been an absolute honour and a pleasure to be part of this special team. Happy 5th Birthday GUBA, long may you reign! – Alison
I first came across GUBA when Dentaa enquired about venues from me. We have stuck together through it all and no matter what goes wrong, we pull through as a team to get it right. I really love what GUBA stands for– Temaah
George: I supported GUBA for three years through sponsorship from my organisation then I asked Dentaa if I could be part of the team. Since then, I have loved every second of my relationship and I feel blessed to be working with such a dedicated team and an exuberant leader! God bless GUBA! May we all live longer to see our younger ones take over prosperously!
I remember when I first heard about the vision of GUBA, I am very proud of how far GUBA has progressed. Hosting the very first GUBA Awards was an absolute honour – Natasha
Chrissy: I attended my first meeting and was sold on the concept of GUBA. I have been in love with GUBA since then, so much so that I am now Chair of the team.
Abigail: I was asked to join the team in June 2010 and it has been a whirlwind! It has been filled with great memories and many more years of success to come!!! Gillian: GUBA is fabulous and is serving a very important purpose in our community. Happy 5th anniversary to GUBA and huge congratulations to Dentaa and everyone who has helped to bring it this far!
Claudia: It was a privilege for me to have been chosen to be part of GUBA. It has been a great experience and I am still loving it!
I remember watching a YouTube video of Asamoah Gyan promoting GUBA and after researching into GUBA awards, I loved what it stood for and needed to be there! What an amazing event! I was networking a lot and was completely flabbergasted. From that point on, I wanted to be part of this amazing event. Dentaa and her team delivered an astonishing event which set high benchmark not just for Ghanaian events but for Africa as a whole. I am very honoured to be a member of the GUBA Team. Nana Sechere
Dentaa called me about an idea for an awards ceremony, we had a very constructive meeting and discussed the ideas in details. I remember Dentaa’s perseverance in obtaining sponsorships and finally securing a great deal. Travelling to and from Newcastle and Sunderland trying to convince the footballers was difficult, but worth it. I am very proud to be part of this great organisation, may God bless all my GUBA family – Ebo Morrison
Kim- I heard about GUBA through a friend and I was immediately interested and started following Dentaa on Twitter. A few weeks later, she tweeted that she was looking for someone to assist with PR. I jumped at the opportunity and sent her an email, a meeting was arranged and I became part of the team. Since becoming a member of the team, I have experienced the love and warmth that is no less than that experienced in a family. I have never come across such patriotism and loyalty in a team and this makes me proud to be part of this inspirational movement. Cheers! to many more GUBA years and to a wonderful leader
Abena – I was asked by Dentaa if I would like to be part of a project, I attended the first meeting and fell in love with GUBA. It has been amazing to be part of a team that creates an event that inspires, encourages and rewards the efforts of Ghanaians in the UK. Many great memories and lifelong friendships have been formed and I will forever cherish them. I strongly believe that you must leave a legacy on this earth and I am very proud to be part of the GUBA legacy.
GUBA would not have been possible without the help of our supporters, sponsors, media partners and everyone that has helped along the way. We remain grateful and hope to have your continuous support in the years to come.
To find out about future GUBA expos, visit www.gubaexpo.co.uk