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GUBA Awards 2013

 GUBA’s night of excellence did not disappoint

 

The showpiece event for UK/Ghanaian community took place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel on the Embankment, London on 16 November. The 4th annual GUBA Awards had aura of anticipation about it and as I waited in the lobby of the Park Plaza I could sense the excitement building. Team Me Firi Ghana were out in force to capture the best moments of the event and of course support our very own Creative Director, Samuel Mensah who was up for the Rising Star Award.

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The ceremony started with the national anthem sang by the Trinity Youth Baptist choir in all black ensemble who captured the hearts of the audience and would set the tone for an inspiring evening . As guests We were promptly introduced to our hosts; from ITV news Charlene White and Vox Africa’s Henry Bonsu who would  guide us through the evenings events which included an opening speech from GUBA patron Hugh Quarshie; “GUBA exists to celebrate achievement and promote investment” he said confidently from the stage.

So now we knew why we were all here on to the awards! One of the first to be given out was for the RLG development award which went to Edward Tagoe of Namdi Mobile fame. Edwin Broni Mensah founder of the crtically acclaimed Give Me Tap movement deservedly won the entrepreneur of the year award.

One of the most inspiring awards was the Student achiever gong won by Jason Ochere. The student from South London was a budding actor and footballer had joined the Labour Party aged 15, worked as a researcher and caseworker for the Deputy Prime Minister, was studying for a Masters in Oxford and had achieved this all whilst tragically losing his father. As he went up to recieve his award he spoke words of encouragement to the audience and serenaded us with a brief song. Ten Year old Lewis Appiagyei, a junior motor driver was the winner of the young & talented award and struck a confident pose alongside Mista Silva who presented him with the award.

Arguably the biggest cheer was reserved for the man of the moment, Fuse ODG who unsurprisingly won the music artist of the year. He came up to the stage to rapturous applause and it was clear from the moment his name was announced as a nominee on the big screen he would win. During his acceptance speech he was classy in paying homage to his fellow nominees and reiterating his aim to promote the “TINA” (This is new Africa) mantra.

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There were also special awards and praise for certain individuals. Although not presented with an award British High Commissioner Peter Jones a sponsor and supporter of GUBA for a couple of years was given a signed Everton football Jersey which was a nice touch by the organizers. Kanya King MBE founder of the MOBO’s , Archbishop Kwaku Frimpong Manson & Herman Chinery-Hesse (CEO the SOFTtribe Limited) were also all recipients of special achievement awards on the night.

As GUBA founder Dentaa Amoateng ended the night by paying homage to her family and team of organizers/volunteers (none of whom are paid by the way). It was left to the live house band to play us out and for the audience to reflect on an evening that did not only celebrate outstanding achievement within the Ghanaian community but also inspired all to aim for greater things. Roll on 2014!

The full list of winners can be found on the official GUBA website – http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/the-awards/nominations/2013-nominees-winners/

 

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

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.