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GUBA FOUNDATION EMBARKS ON CAMPAIGN TO SAVE BABIES

The GUBA Foundation, an African charity organization based in the United Kingdom has launched a campaign to raise funds to purchase incubators for deprived hospitals in Ghana.

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The campaign dubbed “Closing the Gap- Infant Mortality” is aiming at acquiring incubators to distribute to hospitals in Ghana to reduce the number of babies who die within a few days of birth due to inadequate equipment.

Out of a 1000 babies born each year in Ghana, 29 die within the first month of birth and 38 of those that survive the first month do not live to see their first birthday.

 

About 166 infants die each year before the age of one in deprived communities in the Brong Ahafo, Northern and Upper West regions of Ghana.

According to a report by Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station, 19 babies died at the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital in Ghana from January to April of this year because the only incubator in the hospital broke down last year and has not been replaced.

The report said hospital officials are using surrogate wooden incubators fitted with bulbs to preserve the lives of new born babies. A situation which beggars believe in this day and age of technology and more especially in a country like Ghana.

The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of GUBA Foundation, Dentaa, said; “it would be an unprecedented form of inhumanity if citizens of this world do not react to this catastrophe.

No child should die because institutions in society, and its citizens consciously denied them their ultimate right of life. We must do the little we can to help save these children”.

GUBA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to address problems and issues relating to poverty, disability and health in Ghanaian and African communities in the United Kingdom and Ghana. The Foundation’s vision is to provide awareness, support, and guidance to the families, encourage strong community cohesion and ensure that communities have access to the services that they require.

 Through its mother organization-GUBA (Ghana UK Based Achievement) Awards and its successful non-profit business and innovation awards, the charity has developed a reputation for transforming ideas into reality and embracing new challenges. The foundation has previously supported children and families living with Autism.

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 We are appealing to all communities worldwide to help the foundation achieve its goal of reducing infant mortality by donating incubators or any amount in the three ways outlined below:

  1. Please donate a maximum of £10 by simply texting the word GUBA00 followed by the amount to 70070 e.g. GUBA00 £10
  2. Visit our fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/gubafoundation/
  3. You can also send a cheque, made payable to GUBA Foundation, to 459 Prince Regents Lane, London E16 3HX. Please include a letter with your cheque stating your name and address.

 

Media Contacts:

George Ameyaw

GUBA Awards

Head of PR/ Marketing/ Sponsorship

Email: George@gubaawards.co.uk

Mobile: 00447956945360

 

Reginald Ofori Kyere

Email: reggie@gubafoundation.org

Mobile: (+233) 0546093969

 

Website: www.gubafoundation.org

Twitter: @GUBAFOUNDATION

 

 

Infant Mortality

Infant Mortality is the death of children less than one year of age. Infant Mortality Rate is the probability of a child dying between birth and exactly one year of age, expressed by 1000 live births. Infant Mortality Rate in Africa is 60 deaths per 1000 live births, five times higher than Europe where just 11 infants die out of a 1000 births. Ghana`s Infant Mortality rate stands at 38 deaths per 1000 live births. Overall, Ghana`s Child Mortality Rate(  Children who die before the age of five) is 78 deaths per 1000 live birth, far from its Millennium Development Goal Target of 43 deaths per 1000 live births as at 2015.

 

 About GUBA Foundation

GUBA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to address problems and issues relating to poverty, disability and health in Ghanaian and African communities in the United Kingdom and Ghana. The Foundation’s vision is to provide awareness, support, and guidance to the families, encourage strong community cohesion and ensure that communities have access to the services that they require.

 

 Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

A Message from the Editor: The Future of Ghana…..

Mobilizing Ghana’s talent for Development!

 

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Why the Future of Ghana…

In less than 3 generations 41% of the world’s youth will be African”, “By 2035, Africa’s labour force will be larger than China’s” (Mo Ibrahim Foundation)…

Thus we believe now is time to celebrate, mobilize and invest in young people of Ghanaian heritage at a critical time in Africa’s growth.

Who are Ghana’s Future leaders? Who are the young people out there innovating and creating change? …… It’s about time we found out!

Award winning London based company Me FiRi Ghana are on a mission to find the pioneers and innovators of the Future by launching the Future of Ghana campaign.

The main objective of the campaign is to organize and mobilize Ghanaian talent for the development of Ghana by undertaking a global search for the top 30 Ghanaian talent aged 18 – 30 years – impacting industries around the world. The search will consist of an open nomination process driven through social media, media partners and using the official hashtag #FutureofGhana with the top 30 being featured in online publication. The secondary objective will be to stage a “Dragon’s Den” style competition in Ghana for budding entrepreneurs and small/medium size business owners hoping to expand.

Nominations for the Future of Ghana are now open to the public until 17 December 2014 via the website. Once closed nominees will be whittled down to a top 30 by a select judging panel, ready for the publication release in March 2015. The esteemed judging panel will be revealed the week commencing 1 December 2014 so look out for updates on twitter.

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The campaign has been endorsed by Ghanaian High Commissioner to the UK H.E Victor Emmanuel Smith. He has pledged his commitment to the campaign by agreeing to host a luncheon with a select number of the top 30 pioneers in the spring of 2015.

Future of Ghana Patron and pioneering photographer James Barnor says of the initiative;

“I am privileged to be chosen as patron for the Future of Ghana initiative. It is refreshing to see young Ghanaians in the Diaspora so forward thinking and genuinely passionate about our nation’s future. This initiative will mobilize and inspire a generation of Ghanaians to come together and utilize their skills for the development of Ghana. I can see history in the making. For that reason I am more than happy to be involved”

Let’s make history!

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

GUBA EXPO 2014 Review by Myriam Osei….

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There’s the ‘GUBA Awards’ – the prestigious Ghana UK Based Achievement awards founded in 2009 to celebrate the achievements of individuals in the British Ghanaian society –on the same line, stands ‘GUBA EXPO’, the two-day event, which premiered on 7th  November 2014.

The word ‘EXPO’ in the brand’s name, stands for ‘exposure’, or ‘exhibition’, and as one would expect this term fits perfectly well with the concept of this new platform, which is to showcase Ghanaian made products and provides an avenue for small or big businesses, to find their niche into the prominently fierce British market.

I attended the 2nd day of ‘GUBA EXPO’, not as a business entrepreneur or with a marketing degree fastened in my right hand, but simply as a creative and inquisitive mind, wanting to witness directly what the widely publicised event has to offer.

Rewinding to Day 1 of the event, it was composed of workshops and discussions, led by speakers who shared their expertise on the craft of business; a vivid exchange between members of the audience and industry experts. Some of the guests were Mavis Amankwah and Ghana’s minister of tourism and culture, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare.

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Day 2 was focused on the display of various African products; a chance for ‘GUBA EXPO’ and the investors to stand their grounds and prove to the audience and store’s representatives present why these Ghanaian made products were indeed worth importing to the British ground.

As a Ghanaian myself, it was with a mix of pride and astonishment, hidden under a calm pretence and demeanour that I walked through the sectors interestingly looking at products made in Ghana. There were clothes, bags, accessories and phones cases, covered in vibrant African print. There were also skin nourishment creams composed of natural ingredients from the West African country. From some steps away, I could also see a natural-made honey brand, and as I approached, the owner proudly tells me that the packaging and all that it contains originates from Ghana, which makes it all “natural”. From the other side of the room, I noticed a vivid exchange between a Tesco’s representative, and a woman discussing what I believe is Ghana’s favourite pepper sauce ‘Shitto’ conserved in a small transparent jar in the table in front of them.

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As I spoke with GUBA  founder, Dentaa, she explained to me that the inspiration for it started in 2013 when she witnessed the “remarkable products” that Ghanaians made through one of ‘GUBA awards’ categories for ‘Best product’, she recounts: “That’s when I realised ‘Wow, Ghanaians are actually making some remarkable products’, why is It not in the shops anytime I go, why isn’t in Tesco’s, why isn’t in Selfridges or Topshops or Topman, what can we do about that?” When asked about ‘GUBA EXPO’, she explained, “It’s about getting our products out there, and it’s about Ghanaians, Africans and other individuals coming to buy the products.”

‘GUBA EXPO’ is indeed changing the formal perception sometimes associated with business, and creates an exciting line for African and Ghanaian products to be promoted and used on an international scale.

Check out the Myriam’s video, capturing her experience and featuring interview with GUBA founder Dentaa Amaoteng below;

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GUBA EXPO 2014 EXPLODES IN ROYAL GREENWICH BOROUGH! ON 7 & 8 NOV

1GUBA Awards will be hosting a two-day Expo at the Charlton Athletic Football Club (The Valley, Floyd Road, Charlton SE7 8BL) on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th of November 2014. The Expo will be taking place from 9am to 6pm for both days.

The GUBA Expo will be a business focused event; aiming to equip businesses with the knowledge and insights on procurement standards and supply procedures to major multinational companies in the UK. It will be a platform for buyers to connect with potential suppliers and offers investment prospects for attendees.

The objective of the GUBA Expo is to increase trade between the UK and Africa, to increase the economic opportunities for Africa and the UK.  The focus will be centred on connecting small and medium-sized African businesses (SMBs) seeking to establish their products in the British mainstream market. These SMBs will gain access to industry experts who will share knowledge and advice on achieving industry-set benchmarks.  The event will also feature exhibitions, networking and invaluable workshops led by industry experts.

The current prominence of African inspired products on the British market makes it imperative for SMBs to market and promote products effectively. Major retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and ASOS have demonstrated their interest in African SMBs by stocking products from various countries on the continent. The GUBA Expo aims to bridge the gap between production and procurement for SMBs, and hopes to facilitate a profitable relationship.

The first day of the GUBA Expo will be an opportunity for attendees to benefit from the informative workshops. Experts from various companies will speak on areas such as: Business Planning, Going Global on a Budget, How to Pitch & win Contracts, Expand your Brand with Social Media, Branding & Packaging, Tax, Exports and Imports. Attendees and registered exhibitors will get to partake in Q&A sessions alongside these workshops.

The second day of the expo will be a showcase of the products on offer by the registered exhibitors. Products on offer and presented for sale on the day will include: Clothes and Accessories, Furniture, Cosmetics, Food & Beverages and many more. Procurement experts and wholesale buyers from major outlets will also sample products, interact and provide advice.

Several dignitaries and business experts have confirmed attendance to the GUBA Expo. Amongst them are the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts Ghana; Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, MP for Greenwich & Woolwich; Nick Raynsford, Representatives from Barclays Bank and several others.

Check out the official promo for the expo;

 

Registration for businesses wanting to exhibit their products and services is currently ongoing. Exhibitors and attendees can register interest at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BKYSD2F

Confirmation emails will be sent out shortly after registration.

Tickets can also be purchased via:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-guba-expo-2014-tickets-13240840711

For further information on the GUBA Expo, visit- http://www.gubaexpo.co.uk

Me Firi Ghana (@Me_FiRi_GHANA)

Message from the Editor: Lets Goal Ghana ! The Peoples Campaign

Me Firi Ghana’s Global Social media campaign launches to frenzied activity, Now YOU need to join the movement!

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At 12:00 GMT Tuesday 10th June we launched our World cup social media campaign we believe can be the envy the world over. There has been months of strategizing how best we can execute the campaign and now the time has come to execute with excellence. The word is we are trending in the US with our hashtag #LetsGoalGhana during yesterday afternoons activities, visibly irking the Americans and that’s what it’s all about making impact!

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But why the campaign? …Simply we were inspired to create this campaign because of the exploits of the Ghana team at the last world cup and the affect their success had on all of us. We wanted to make sure this time around all that emotion be it agony and ecstacy was captured, recorded and made accessible for everybody and anybody to tap into..

The objective of the campaign is to create a social media phenomenon, by owning defining moments and conversations relating to the World Cup. We also want to unite, showcase and share the passion of the global Ghanaian community. During this time we want to make Ghana accessible for everyone not just Ghanaians. The campaign will pay particular attention to audiences in the UK, USA, Ghana and Canada within the 18-35 Age demographic.

The campaign will be executed by utilising our social media platforms (Twitter,Facebook & Instagram) as well as our blog posting proactive and reactive content throughout the World Cup using the hash tag #LetsGoalGhana. Our Media partners who include; OMG Ghana, GUBA, Benny Bonsu, Ameyaw Debrah, Goal.com (Ghana) and MyGhanaRoots will be working alongside us to create a unique online experience.

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A world cup toolkit consisting of a selection of exclusive images (created by Me Firi Ghana’s Creative Director Samuel Mensah) will be available for downloaded from 12 June 2014 on our website. These images can be uploaded to various platforms to allow you to get involved and engage with the campaign. Don’t forget fans can also purchase official merchandise and original products via our website.

 Lets Goal Ghana media partner/Ambassador Benny Bonsu said of the campaign;

As a true Ghanaian, my focus this summer is to stay a TRUE GHANAIAN. Our culture, our people and our history show a group of people who are aspirational. This World Cup will be the same. Aspiring to be an inspiration not only to Ghanaians, but to the rest of the world. I am extremely happy to be part of and support the #LetsGoalGhana campaign by #MefiriGhana simply because; it represents a new inspirational Africa. Not just Ghana.”

Now its on you to make the campaign what you want it to be. It has already started impressively and it has the potential to become a worldwide phenomenon. However you want to use the tools of the campaign is up to you but remember whatever you do make sure you do it to inspire, inform and unite not just a generation of Ghanaians but global community of people to love and beauty of Ghanaian culture.

I’m really excited are you? In the Black stars we trust! #LetsGoalGhana !

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Autism awareness

GUBA to hold Autism event in London

 

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Dentaa is an active figure both in Ghana as well as the UK –  I tell you this multitalented woman deserves a round of applause , a busy woman and yet the hard work continues .  Aside from her previous acting career and presenting, she is also known as the founder of the Ghana UK Based Achievements (GUBA Awards), as well as the GUBA foundation charity. The GUBA foundation was established whilst working on the GUBA awards. Let’s just say there’s plenty more blossoms to come from this wonderful lady.

Whilst on her journey she realised that alongside the awards for recognition and celebrations , deep within the Ghanaian community lies unanswered questions regarding the needs of the people , needs important to  us all such as: :  disability, education, poverty and health.

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… Why?  Her aim is to change people’s perceptions of Autism merely as a Disability, but get people to think of it as a different ability. Through this wonderful event she simply asks for: Honesty, support and for us to be open-minded, this way people can gain access to services available to them.

Aim:

Connect & support families with Autism, through providing support & guidance to carers

Deliver culturally sensitive Autism training and provide awareness to the specified community

Highlight achievements, gifts and unknown talents of people with Autism

 

The Autistic Event

This is a family friendly event and suitable for all age groups. If you just want to gain knowledge or an insight this event would be just great for you.

Venue: Bernie Grants Arts centre

Date: Saturday 27th April 2013

For more information visit : http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/guba-foundation-autism-event/

 

Contact:

Twitter @Dentaa_show

Facebook Dentaa show

We’re all ignorant… but if we take the time to educate ourselves. If we think differently we can kill ignorance.

 

By Cloudia

GUBA 2012 is launched!

HUGH QUARSHIE HELPS LAUNCH GUBA 2012 AWARDS

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The Launch of the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards 2012 was a night of humour, humility and Ghanaian pride.  The 3rd Annual Launch of GUBA Awards 2012 was hosted by Mr Henry Bonsu, as guests were treated to a preview of what to expect at the Annual GUBA Awards scheduled for the 10th of November 2012 at the Park Plaza hotel.

A host of media personnel and public figures which includes GUBA patrons Hugh Quarshie and Team GB sprinter Jeanette Kwakye were in attendance to witness the unveiling of the 2012 nominees. Also at the launch were prestigious dignitaries, from his Excellency Prof Kweku Danso Boafo the Ghana High Commissioner to the UK, through plus size model Philomena Kwao to the brainiest student achiever Gillian Appau, an Oxford Student whose minimum grade ever is an A!

Opening the evening, GUBA’s CEO and founder Dentaa in her speech, congratulated all the nominees and stated that ‘All nominees are winners’.  She also emphasised the need for sponsorship and support to keep the organisation alive.

Prof Kweku Danso Boafo’s love and dedication to Ghana and his support for GUBA did not go unnoticed. Mr Charles Thompson MBE read a citation followed by a video cited by Lord Paul Boateng before GUBA presented his Excellency with a special award, as an acknowledgement for his outstanding contribution to Ghana and his support for GUBA since its commencement.

Upon receiving his award the High Commissioner said: ‘I wish to congratulate the founder of GUBA and her team, Dentaa and we admire the efforts you’ve made.’

The GUBA Children’s Foundation addressed the issue of autism and its prevalence in Ghana and raised awareness of the lack of funding and recognition of autism. Plans of an Autism Trust were made public and an appeal was made to the guests for assistance in a bid to reduce the level of stigma surrounding disabilities in Ghana.

A moment of silence was observed for the late President Prof Atta Mills, a gesture which transcended to the late Ghanaian leaders and Presidents that have been present at the Ghana High Commission prior to the launch.

Nominations were read out by Mr George Ameyaw, PR for GUBA, in preparation for voting which starts on Monday 24th September 2012 on the GUBA website, www.gubaawards.co.uk.

The night was brought to an end with a speech by GUBA ambassador, Holby City actor Mr Hugh Quarshie, surrounding the question of what it means to be Ghanaian. ‘A sense of humour and humanity brings us together as a people and that is why I love Ghana’ remarked the star.  He stated that ‘it is what Ghanaians do that brings us together and not where we are from’, a sentiment which was shared by all those present and the very embodiment of the GUBA awards. He expressed gratitude for being invited to be part of such an inspirational event.

The Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards held an exceptional launch, one that has raised expectations for the upcoming award ceremony.

This event was fully supported by our partners; The Africa Channel, Signup International in Ghana and The Voice Newspaper.

GUBA 2012 event tickets are now available at here

 

GUBA 2012 NOMINEES LIST

Categories have been divided into sections that represent the Ghanaian Flag (RED, GOLD, GREEN and the BLACK STAR)

RED- BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE

Ghana High Commission Award for Best Corporate Business

  • Armajaro Trading
  • Diageo Africa
  • Kraft Foods
  • Olam International

 

Best Professional

  • Dr Charles Easmon (Medical Director, Harley Street)
  • Douglas Oppong (Angel Finance Group UK)
  • Dr Felix Konotey-Aluhu (Professor of Human Genetics)
  • John Blavo (Blavo & Co)

 

Efie Ni Fie (Home is Home)

  • Gloria Buckman Yankson (Plan It Ghana)
  • Godwin Edem Adorie (Praise Exports)
  • Lawrence Clifford Poku Amankwah (Branch Health and Fitness Centre)
  • Mary Hubert (Mary’s Virgin Coconut Oil “MVCO”)

 

GOLD- POPULAR CULTURE

Best African Fusion Designer

  • Anita Quansah London – Anita Quansah
  • Ashanti Lou- Louisa Osei
  • House of Adjeiwaa- Abena Adjeiwaa
  • Bubushiki- Emily Osei-Blavo

 

Best Creative Writer

  • Dorothy Koomson
  • John Akomfrah
  • Martin Ofori-Atta
  • Shirley Baah Mensah

 

Best Online Media

  • Ameyaw Debrah
  • Daily Guide
  • Ghana Celebrities
  • Ghanaweb
  • Modern Ghana
  • My Joy online
  • Peace FM Online

 

Best New Music Act

  • Brie Boateng
  • Daniel ‘Pacs’ Osei
  • Fuse Dog ODG
  • Infecta
  • K’adu
  • Kofi Stacks
  • Mista Silver
  • Stardo Karle
  • Sheyi Martins
  • Vibe Squad

 

GREEN- COMMUNITY

Best Ghanaian Event

  • All White Party- VMS and Ghanaian Divas
  • Anansekrom- Noble Friends
  • FashionMist
  • Ghana Party in the Park- Akwaaba Promotions
  • Ghana’s Official 55th Independence Celebration Dance- Alordia Promotions, West Coast Promotions
  • Miss Ghana UK- Akwaaba Promotions
  • Ghana UK Fashion Show – Ghanaian Divas & Ghana Fashion House

 

Best Charity Organisation

  • ADAP (African Development Association for Progress)
  • AfriKids
  • Health Care for Africa
  • STaSS (Shika Tamaa Support Services)
  • WAM (What About Me) Campaign

 

Rising Stars Award

  • Portia Oti
  • Philomena Kwao
  • Nicholas ‘Supernova Dex’ Amfo
  • Llyrio Boateng

 

GUBA Humanitarian

  • James Annan (Challenging Height)
  • Nana Oye Lithur (The Human Rights Advocacy Centre)
  • Patrick Young (Theatre for a Change)
  • Michael Baabu (safe child Ghana)

 

GUBA Community Champion

  • Adwoa Agyemang
  • Alison Naftalin
  • Amma Anna Adjei
  • Lorraine Wright

 

BLACK- RECOGNITION AWARDS

Best Student Achiever

  • Gillian Appau

 

International Recognition Award

  • Patrick Quarcoo (Kenya based media mogul)

 

Inspirational African Award

  • Dr Mike Adebuga (Globacom)

 

Special Achievement Award

  • Sam Jonah (Executive Chairman, Jonah Capital)

 

Special Achievement Award

  • Sam Ankrah (Investment Broker)

 

Special Achievement Award

  • Roland Agambire (Entrepreneur and owner of RLG)

 

Special Achievement Award

  • Dennis Tawiah (Event Promotion Pioneer, CEO of Akwaaba Promotions)

 

Sporting Achievement

  • John Mensah

 

Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award

(Shaun Campbell on behalf of) Arthur Wharton – First professional black football player and the world 100 yard record holder.