GUBA 2015’s Night of Elegance and Gathering of Excellence – GUBA Awards
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Posted by: Claudia
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Former First Lady of Ghana - Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings
Former First Lady of Ghana – Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings

A night of celebrating consistent achievers, motivational speeches and a fantastic gathering of British Ghanaians perfectly sums up the GUBA 2015 awards ceremony.

The Hilton Metropole Hotel, Edgware Road, London, was host to this year’s Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards which saw dignitaries such as the Former First Lady of Ghana – Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Ghana High Commissioner to the UK- HE Victor Smith, Mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich – Norman Adams, Councillor John Fahy, Lord Hastings, Kwesi Kwarteng MP, Diane Abbott, and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

The Kingston University Choir of the University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY), founded by former GUBA winner- Lorraine Wright, set the tone of the night with a melodic rendition of the Ghana National Anthem. They were shortly followed by Comedian Simply Andy who gave a comedic delivery to the audience. Journalist Afua Hirsch and Media Personality Kwame Sefa Kayi were the hosts on the night.

The former First Lady of Ghana – Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings graced the stage to present the Pioneering Director Award to Amma Asante.  An advocate for female empowerment, Mrs Rawlings stated:   “As African women, we have held our continent together. We have transformed our continent” whilst expressing delight and admiration of the work of Amma Asante. Amma Asante dedicated her award to her father, whilst reflecting on the difficulty of success within the media industry – “I hope that my story is an inspiration for all” she concluded.

Amma Asante
Amma Asante

On receiving the Business Entrepreneur Award, Nana Kwame Bediako asserted the need for improvement in Ghana “We will work hard to change our country, to change Africa and to effect change – he concluded. Dr Kwabena Duffuor shared similar sentiments in his acceptance speech urging the audience that “we need to work to develop a country that our children will be proud to call their own.”

Several awards were presented by sponsors and supporters such as:  Gillian Blavo  of Blavo and Co, Felix Nyarko-Pong CEO of uniBank Ghana, Eddie Kadi on behalf of Ultimalt and  Genevieve Boateng Head of Marketing ABN TV to name a few.

One of the surprises on the night involved a presentation from the GUBA Team to GUBA CEO Dentaa. The presentation was a reward for her resilience with the GUBA awards and her dedication to Ghana. Jon Benjamin, British High Commissioner to Ghana, handed over a family portrait and which was followed by a moving speech by Dentaa. Jon Benjamin in return was presented with a signed West Ham United FC Jersey for his continued support to GUBA.

George Ameyaw (left) Dentaa (middle) Jon Benjamin (right)
Former First Lady- Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings

Talented Ghanaian songstress Becca, ended the night with a soulful performance that entertained the crowd alongside the Compozers, and ended the night on a perfect note.

Dr Duffuor
Dr Duffuor

 

The GUBA 2015 Awards captured the essence of Ghana: unity, support and culture. It was a gathering of like-minded individuals with the objective to improve  Ghana and our continent Africa. The award ceremony will be shown on Sunday the 26th of July 2015 on ABN TV Sky 235

Dr Joyce Aryee

The winners of the GUBA 2015 Awards were:

  • Peniel Enchill – GUBA Artist Extraordinaire Awards
  • Timothy Amadi – GUBA Young and Talented Award
  • Daniel Amoateng – GUBA Humanitarian Award
  • Bradley Poku-Amankwah – Best Student Achiever
  • Vanessa Hagan – Runner Up: Best Student Achiever
(left to right) Peter Asamoah, Akwasi Boateng, Peniel Enchill and Francis Brown.
(left to right) Peter Asamoah, Akwasi Boateng, Peniel Enchill and Francis Brown.

Black Star Awards

  • Amma Asante – Pioneering Director
  • Rev Kingsley Appeagyei – GUBA Benevolence Award
  • Dr Osei Kwame – Enterprise Mogul
  • Dr Anthony Pile – British Service to Ghana Award
  • Nana Kwame Bediako – Business Entrepreneur Award
  • Azumah Nelson – Sporting Legend
  • Dr Kwabena Duffuor – Exceptional Achievement Award
  • Prof Edward Ayensu – Life Time Achievement Award
  • Dr Joyce Rosalind Aryee – Inspirational Woman
  • Nathan Kwabena Adisi aka Bola Ray – Media and Entertainment Award
  • Mrs Kwansema Dumor on behalf of Komla Dumor
  • Henry Bonsu – Outstanding Journalist and Broadcast Personality
Sporting Legend Azumah Nelson.
Sporting Legend Azumah Nelson.

GUBA 2015 was sponsored by: Bronze Sponsors – Blavo and Co. Solicitors and uniBank Ghana.

  • Category Sponsors: Gamank Group, ABN TV (SKY 235), Mendiata Hotel, Ultimalt, Vodafone Business Solutions, LOTS Enterprise, Hub perfect Herbal and Joy Dadi Bitters Industries
  • Launch Sponsors: British High Commission, Ghana.
  • Event Management: Evolution International, Precise Marketing, Chelsique Bespoke Events, the Arc Event Management.
  • Media Sponsors: ABN TV (SKY 235), 4syteTV, StarrFM, The Voice Newspaper, HotDigital online FM, Diplomatic Call, Peace FM, The British Blacklist, Inspirational You, CypressGhana, Screen Nation, UTV, Panache Occasions, Business and Financial Times.
  • Accessories and Cloth Sponsors: Eboni Accessories, Kente Queen, Duaba Serwaa and A-Cote Collections.
  • GUBA Graphic Designers: D- Art Factory and Treasured Memories
  • Official Video Production: Nuquari Arts Studios
  • Official photographers: FAB photography, Armah Nubian Photography, 7in Photography and A-KLASS photography

 

 

Author: Claudia