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GUBA Awards attracts biz, celeb and political luminaries

BOSS LADY: CEO of the GUBA Awards, Dentaa Amoateng MBE (photo credit: A Class Officials)

'The Voice' team joined Ghana's finest and friends, including Reggie N Bollie, Diane Abbott, Eddie Kadi, Kojo, Brighton & Hove Albion FC manager Chris Hughton and a raft of royalty as well as high-achieving business and political figures for the sixth Ghana UK-Based Achievers (GUBA) Awards which took place on Saturday June 3 at the Intercontinental Hotel at the o2 in London.

Before recognising the feats of trailblazers who had positively impacted Ghana at home and abroad, the
night commenced with an ode to Ghana by the Shekinah Singers as they sang the Ghana national anthem.

Dynamic hosts Anita Erskine and comedian Eddie Kadi welcomed the audience whilst acknowledging the theme of the night; ‘Celebrating Excellence’.

HOST WITH THE MOST: Compares, comedian Eddie Kadi (left) and Anita Erskine

Ghanaian performer Wiyaala gave an energetic performance, mingling with the crowd as she sang Africa and Rock my Body, thoroughly entertaining the audience and getting them on their feet.

GOOD TIMES: Singer Wiyaala (7 Media)

An endorsement video from His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana, was played to the audience. He said:

"I have been a keen follower of the activities of GUBA and I must say they have done a brilliant job, especially in helping to consolidate the economic, social and tourism link between the UK and Ghana.

"We should all stand ready to support GUBA. The cooperation between public and private sector players will only help to steer on Ghana’s development as we seek to create wealth, prosperity and jobs for our people."

Other video tributes were played, including those from veteran broadcaster John Snow and Former First Lady Cherie Blair.

A surprise Outstanding Achievement Award was given to Chris Hughton, manager of newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

Dr. Papa Kewsi Nduom, centre, flanked by family and his GUBA Award for Excellence in Business (photo credit:7 Media)

The night was well-attended and guests were treated to a sumptuous meal and hand-made shambala bracelets were given to VIP guests. Some of those present were the Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture (Ghana) Hon. Catherine Afeku, Francis Asenso-Boakye, Ghana's Deputy Chief of Staff to the President and Political Assistant, MP Diane Abbott, Eugene Akwasi-Ayisi, Labour Party Cabinet Member, GUBA patron and actor Hugh Quarshie , Rahul Gopinath, Regional Director for Africa for the ECOM Agroindustrial Corp, Iain Walker, the new British High Commissioner to Ghana and X-factor finalists Reggie N Bollie to name a few.

X MARKS THE SPOT: The Hon. Catherine Afeku, centre, with X Factor stars Reggie N Bollie

Speaking on the journey of the GUBA Awards and the celebration of Ghana at 60, CEO Dentaa Amoateng MBE stated:

"My theme to mark this milestone is the strategic virtue of consistency and to have the drive to maintain consistency, you need a vision.

"Here at GUBA, the tireless work of our dynamic volunteers as well as the energy and passion of my team motivates us to be consistent and to strive to succeed. Over the next two years GUBA will be focusing on ways to promote diaspora relationships."

A prestigious award was presented to Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom for his Excellence in Business by Warner Rootlep, of KLM General Manager UK & Ireland.

The night ended with a medley from the Davidson band and was followed by a post event networking at the Sky Bar in the Intercontinental Hotel.

Seven awards voted for by the public and thirteen Black Star Awards were given out in total.

The GUBA Awards 2017 winners are:

• Ghanaian Alumni Award - Holy Child Past Students Association (HOPSA)

• Charity of the Year Award – Action Through Enterprise (ATE)

• Professional of the Year Award – Joshua Siaw

• Made in Ghana Award – Peini Skincare

• Efie Ne Fie Award - Vanetta & Vemilleon Ackah - Kiddie Garden Nursery International

• Business Start-up of the Year – Purete Nature

GUBA Black Star Awardees:

• Maidie Arkutu – Female Influential Leader Apostle

• Dr. Kwadwo Safo – Innovative Pioneer

• Anas Aremeyaw Anas – Exceptional Journalist

• Dr. Michael K. Obeng – Humanitarian Spirit

• Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom – Excellence in Business, Ghana

• Mr and Mrs Mensah (Uncle John’s Bakery) – Enterprising Business Award

• Dr. Kwaku Oteng – Outstanding Industrialist

• Dr. Kofi Amoa-Abban – Young Oil & Gas Entrepreneur

• Kelvin Doe – Young African Innovator

• Dr. Nii Dzani – Influential Economist

• Dr. Jason Sarfo-Annin – Student Achiever of the Year

• Mrs Ivy Manly-Spain – Female Excellence in Oil and Gas Award

• Chris Hughton – Outstanding Achievement Award.

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