GUBA Founder & Entrepreneur Dentaa creating a legacy within the Ghanaian community that will be felt for decades to come!
Dentaa Amoateng first came to my attention around 2007 whilst watching the now defunct OBE (Original Black Entertainment) channel on Sky television. I remember thinking how assured a presenter she was comparing to some of the other Ghanaian presenters I had watched later. Since then I took a keen interest in her career ever since and can say it is both heartening and inspiring to see what she has achieved to date. Here is her brief story;
After a career in acting and singing Dentaa produced and fronted a new TV show for OBE titled”The Dentaa Show” in 2006. The 30-minute programme, explored the Ghanaian and African entertainment scene through interviews with celebrities, coverage of entertainment The show was Ghana’s most-watched entertainment programmeand in its first year, scored the highest ratings in first-run syndication in the 18 – 40 years demographic, out-performing established talk shows.The Dentaa Show ran for a further three seasons.
However arguably her most significant achievement was the founding of non-profit organisation the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards in 2009.Dentaa decided to set up the awards as she felt that there was nothing out there promoted and enriched Ghanaian heritage The first awards ceremony took place in London, England, in October 2010
GUBA was the first ceremony of its kind to specifically recognise Ghanaian achievement and has since been endorsed by dignitaries and organisations including The Ghana High Commission to the UK & Ireland, The British High Commission in Ghana, The Ghana Ministry of Tourism, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie, Lord Paul Boateng, Diane Abbott MP and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Dentaa’s achievements with GUBA were acknowledged in 2011 when she was announced as one of the “Young Social Entrepreneurs of the Year” in the annual Future 100 Awards.
in June 2012, Dentaa helped the Arthur Wharton Foundation present a statuette of Arthur Wharton — the first professional black football player — to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.The Arthur Wharton Marquette Statue is now displayed in the presidents’ lounge at FIFA headquarters in Zurich
July 2013 saw Dentaa win the Most Innovative African Woman in Europe Awards at the prestigious African Women in Europe awards which was setup to reward and acknowledge influential African women in Europe. Organisers described her as an “icon and role model to all African women living and working in Europe! That is some compliment and one Dentaa will surely be humbled by.
Her endorsement and commitment to the development of sport was also evident in September 2012 when she attended Me Firi Ghana’s very own Future of Sport debate alongside Benny Bonsu, Andy Ansah and Kwaku Mensah.
Dentaa Amoateng Me Firi Ghana salutes you!
On 13 November 2013 Dentaa took part in a live twitter interview with yours truly! here is a brief insight into how it went;
MFG: Congratulations on winning African Woman in Europe 2013. Your family must be so proud?
Dentaa: Thank you! It was an overwhelming honour to have one this award and I am very great full for the people who supported me
MFG: Fuse ODG is representing Ghana internationally do you think GUBA 2012 winner MistaF2DSilva is next to blow?
Dentaa: I would strongly hope so Mista Silva is fantastic! We need to get behind him. Fuse has done us proud and it is only upwards from here for him!
MFG: Name 3 things you love about Ghana?
Dentaa: Only 3! Goodness. I’d say the food, Weather and family. There is no place like Ghana anyone who hasn’t been needs to go!
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Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)