Tag: June Sarpong


ABN TV honours Dentaa Amoateng MBE

Glowing tributes poured in from stars, family and friends at an intimate event organised by ABN TV, ABN Radio, Shipley Global Services and Christian Gottfried & Co Solicitors, for GUBA CEO – Dentaa Amoateng MBE on Thursday, 14th July 2016 in London. The event was in celebration of her appointment by Her Majesty the Queen as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Kofi Addo and Damptey Asare from the GHC with Dentaa

Kofi Addo and Damptey Asare from the GHC with Dentaa

The founder of GUBA Awards was among a privileged group of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom, whose achievements in diverse fields were celebrated in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2016. The award recognised her work in advancing relations between the United Kingdom and the African diaspora through her GUBA Enterprise that comprises of the GUBA Awards, the GUBA Foundation, GUBA Expo and the GUBA Careers Fair.

In her speech, Dentaa said the award is a reminder of the importance of following one’s dream and working hard to execute it daily.

“I am very delighted to be here in front of you all today. You all represent the reason why I am who I am and why GUBA has become a household name. The continued support and love that you continue to show me, my organisation and my family is beyond measure. I take this moment to say thank you! Thank you for the continuous encouragement, the business opportunities, the partnerships and most of all, for believing in me and in the dream. This MBE is an accolade I could have never imagined and I vow to work even harder towards the advancement of our people. I cannot thank my awesome team and family enough.”, she added.

Mr Damptey Asare, Head of Chancery at the Ghana High Commissioner to the UK acknowledged

Sponsors at the event

Sponsors at the event

“By this award you have brought honour to Ghana, you have brought honour to your family, friends, as well as the black community in the UK. I can say with confidence that you have been a source of inspiration to many young men and women in this community, and this award can only spur them on to aspire for something greater in their own lives. This award, Dentaa, is a recognition of your hard work, commitment and dedication to the UK Diaspora community. I therefore wish to say on behalf of His Excellency Mr. Victor Smith, the High Commissioner that the Ghana High Commission and the people of Ghana we are proud of your achievements.”

Hosts of the event ABN TV, Christian Gottfried and Shipley Global Services also shared their sentiments:

It is our pleasure to host this event in celebration of our friend and supporter Dentaa Amoateng. She is an inspirational woman and her organisation the GUBA Enterprise much like our company, is an excellent unifier of the African community in the UK. We look forward to many more achievements and to work towards our goal of improving our continent – Genevieve Awuku-Boateng, Head of Marketing ABN TV.

Team Behind Dentaa

Team Behind Dentaa

Dentaa Amoateng is a remarkable woman and we are honoured to sponsor this celebration of her MBE. She is an astounding individual tirelessly working to inspire and improve the African community in the UK. We know that there are greater accolades in store and we look forward to more partnerships. – Christian Gottfried Solicitors.

We are proud to be one of the partner sponsors of this evening in honour of Dentaa, she represents everything we stand for. We have watched with great admiration how Dentaa has grown professionally over the years. She is not just an example to the growth of the Ghanaian community but to me and women all over the world. – Shipley Global Services.

In her tribute, Paulette Simpson, Executive Director, The Voice Newspaper, called Mrs Amoateng a positive black female role model.

“Dentaa is not only for Africa but for the Caribbean too. She had a vision and followed it with passion and continues to achieve regardless of the barriers”, she said.

Councillor Olu Babatola, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, who is the first

Cllr. Olu Babatola

Cllr. Olu Babatola

African Mayor of the Borough, said: “On behalf of Royal Greenwich I congratulate Dentaa on being recognised for an MBE. It is a wonderful achievement to receive such a prestigious award and well deserved for her work both locally and further afield.”

Statements were also read out on behalf of  the captain of Ghana National Football team, Asamoah Gyan and his wife Gifty, former First Lady, Mrs Cherie Blair, GUBA Patron Hugh Quarshie, celeb June Sarpong, Mrs Regina Sintim, the Ghana High Commission and the Trade Envoy to Ghana, MP Adam Afriyie.
The event was hosted by Comedian Eddie Kadi and it was an evening of celebration of African accomplishments and aspirations.

Ghanaian Celebrity: June Sarpong

This month’s profile is a TV/radio personality who was at the forefront of urban youth TV programmes during my teenage years.  In era where “dark skin” women were not shown much love on TV she was a pioneer of the “young black female presenter”, here’s her story;

Sarpong was born in London to Ghanaian parents. She was educated at Connaught Girls School in Leytonstone and Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow. She began her media career with Kiss 100 and later became an MTV UK & Ireland presenter (MTV Dance Floor Chart and MTV Select show). As the one of the female faces of Channel 4’s Sunday morning strand T4 for the last nine years, she interviewed Tony Blair for a T4 special, When Tony Met June which aired in January 2005. She also runs her own production company, Lipgloss Productions. Projects in development include a sitcom and a programme on climate change.

In recent years, Sarpong has presented other series including Your Face Or Mine?, a game show co-hosted with Jimmy Carr for E4; Dirty Laundry, an urban talk-show which was an original idea of Sarpong’s; Playing It Straight, a dating game-show filmed in Mexico for Channel 4, and Sarpong has presented the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party and the Party In The Park. Sarpong is a regular at the MOBO Awards and has presented them for three years in a row. She has also appeared on BBC Television’s Question Time, 8 out of 10 Cats, and Have I got news for you. She also has appeared on the programme, Never mind the buzzcocks and introduced reports on youth culture for This Week. In 2006 she hosted ITV2’s WAGs Boutique. Sarpong has also appeared on the third series of Bo Selecta…).

Sarpong is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and also campaigns for the Make Poverty History movement. In April 2005 she visited Ghana to make a film for Make Poverty History. She also hosted the major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square in summer 2005 on behalf of Nelson Mandela and Bob Geldof. Also On 7 July 2007 Sarpong presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London.

Probably her most significant honour to date came at the age of twenty nine and after six years as a broadcaster, she was awarded an MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours List for “services to broadcasting and charity”.

On 8 July 2008, Sarpong launched a new venture called Politics & the City, an attempt to bring politics and news to a new market. The site received a great deal of media coverage and some criticism. In March 2011 Lipgloss Productions registered huffingtonpost.co.uk, sparking speculation that she will helm the UK arm of the popular website.

Miss Sarpong has a pretty good resume. Although she is not as visible on screen nowadays, in terms of TV/radio presenting, June as near enough done it all and has an MBE and her own production company to show for it. 

So this Month, June Sarpong we salute you!

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi