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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.

Ghanaians living in the Diaspora Event

“Engaging Diaspora Professionals in National Development”


Network Diaspora Professionals Conference is a business and investment conference aimed at engaging Ghanaian professionals in the diaspora under the theme “engaging Diaspora Professionals in National Development”

The Forum which seeks to create a platform for promoting business linkages between Ghana and those in the Diaspora focuses on the following areas: Ghana’s enabling business environment, business opportunities in Agriculture and Agribusiness; Tourism; Mining and Mining Services; Construction; Oil and Gas Services; among others.

 

GUEST SPEAKERS:
Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo – Ghana High Commissioner UK
Nana Owusu-Afari – President Association of Ghana Industries
Dr Joyce Aryee – Former C.E.O Ghana Chamber of Mines
Alhassan Andani – C.E.O Stanbic Bank
Prince Kofi Amoabeng – C.E.O. UT Bank
Julius Debrah – C.E.O Ghana Tourist Board
George Aboagye – C.E.O Ghana Investment Promotions Centre
Dr Kofi Anani – Senior Operations Officer World Bank Africa Diaspora Program
Dyane Epstein – Chief of Mission International Organisation for Migration (Ghana)
Representative from Tullow Oil.

Key note speaker: H E John Mahama – Vice President of Ghana

SUBJECT AREAS:
“Skilled, efficient and innovative human resource and contribution towards growth in industry”

“Re-tooling Small and medium scale mining enterprises, opportunities, challenges and role of skilled Ghanaians abroad”

“Developing strong business leadership and promoting young entrepreneurship”

“SME banking, solutions, recourse to modern information technology for efficient service delivery”

“Agro-business and investment opportunities in Ghana”

“Investment in African Diaspora projects and role of world Bank in empowerment and capacity development”

“International Migration and various support programs for migrants”

“Minerals exploration, support services and social corporate responsibility towards affected communities”

DATE:
Friday 20th July 2012

VENUE:
Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, 18 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TJ

WHO CAN ATTEND?
The conference is expected to attract Ghanaian professional Associations and individuals from diverse business backgrounds and is the first of its kind within the Ghana Diaspora community in the UK. There will be VIP Cocktails, Corporate networking sessions and Business Clinics, as part of the conference.


Email
: info@networkdiaspora.co.uk
Website: www.networkdiaspora.co.uk

MeFiRi Ghana’s Future of Ghana Debate

 THE FUTURE OF GHANA DEBATE

 

If you’re passionate about all things Ghanaian, especially about Ghana moving forward then make sure you mark the 7th June in your diary to attend Mefiri Ghana’s Future of Ghana Debate in London.

The Future of Ghana debate will be hosted by Kiss FM’s host Clara Amfo (http://claraamfo.com).  

The confirmed panellists for the debate are:
1. Twi Teacher (@Twi_twiteacher)
2. Mista Silva (@mistaf2dsilva)
3. Ben JK Anim (@KwesiTheAuthor) and
4. Mr Kobby Kuma (Architect & Chairman of Ghana Youth Forum).

Guest speaker for the night is Benjamin Fletcher (Co-Founder of the Ghanaian Language School).

To attend, please email us at info@mefirighana.com the following details:
Full Name:
Email Address

Tel
Your response to this question: As Ghanaians do we have an obligation to keep our Culture relevant whilst living in the Diaspora?

 

Event details:

Our country Ghana is blessed in so many ways, but we still have a long way to go. If we want to see Ghana move forward, then it starts with us. As young people we ARE the future of Ghana, so if you feel strongly about certain issues that need to be addressed then this is for you – we would love to hear your views!

Date: Thursday 7th June 2012

Location: London, Shorditch Area (specific theatre venue will be revealed once registered)

Time: 6PM-10PM

Again, this is a test event so spaces are limited. You will need to register your interest if you would like to attend this exclusive event.

Let’s help move Ghana forward!

By Yaa Nyarko

Check out the promo video for the debate: