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Tony and Cherie Blair back GUBA awards

SUPPORT: Tony and Cherie Blair back GUBA awards

THE FORMER Prime Minister and his wife Cherie have lent their support to the Ghana UK Based Achievement [GUBA] Awards, which recognises the ‘hugely significant’ contribution that British-Ghanaians make to society.

Blair, who is the Special Envoy to the United Nations, has thrown his weight behind an initiative that aims to build a ‘bigger, stronger and more robust’ relationship with Britain’s West African community.

A planned speech to be given on Cherie’s behalf at the ceremony reads: “This evening’s GUBA Awards are a great occasion to celebrate the range of skills and talents emanating from Ghana, to the huge benefit of the United Kingdom.”

“From doctors to financiers to authors, the men and women here tonight have made such a contribution to our society and for that you should be proud.”

“My congratulations to all of tonight’s winners and may you continue with your incredible achievements for years to come, continuing to strengthen the relationship between our two wonderful countries.”

MP Diane Abbott has also expressed her support for the awards stating: “I am proud to be supporting GUBA 2012. I have close family connections with Ghana and my son studied in one of the wonderful Ghanaian International Schools.”

“Persons of Ghanaian origin continue to contribute so much to British society, but these achievements are not always given the full recognition that they deserve.”

“The GUBA Awards bring together both a proud acknowledgement of Ghanaian heritage and the very best that Ghanaians in Britain accomplish.”

Guests will include England and QPR footballer Anton Ferdinand, Holby City actors Jimmy Akiboia and GUBA Patron Hugh Quarshie, and the Olympic 400m silver medallist Christine Ohurogu.

The Awards take place on Saturday, November 10 at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in central London.

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