In UK Africa news. The wife of the former Prime minister of Great Britain Mrs Cherie Blair applauded the GUBA team during her attendance at this year’s 4th annual GUBA Awards held on Saturday November 16th at the Park Plaza Riverside Hotel.

Hosted by ITN news presenter Charlene White and Henry Bonsu of Colourful Radio

Hosted by ITN news presenter Charlene White and Henry Bonsu of Colourful Radio

Presenting the Most Outstanding Award to Mr Prince Kofi Amoabeng, CEO at UT Bank, Mrs Blair said, “GUBA awards is a great occasion to celebrate the range of skills and talents emanating from Ghana, to the huge benefit of the United Kingdom. My congratulations to all tonight’s winners; may you continue with your incredible achievements for years to come, continuing to strengthen the relationship between our two wonderful countries”

Splendour, elegance and the usual warm Ghanaian hospitality was on showcase. The award exceeded expectations with a star studded guest list, spectacular entertainment, and appetising traditional food.

The evening saw 18 GUBA awards being handed to deserving winners in various categories and special achievements. Each of the 18 received a carefully designed trophy with their award details and names engraved on it.

Young racing driver and GUBA award winner, Lewis Appiagyei

Young racing driver and GUBA award winner, Lewis Appiagyei

Among the guests were GUBA patron Hugh Quarshie (Holby City), Mrs Cherie Blair, His Excellency Peter Jones British High Commissioner to Ghana, MOBO’s Kanya King, Black Stars and Fulham footballer Derek Boateng actor Clarke Peters of the Wire fame and several other dignitaries and community leaders.

Hosted by ITN news presenter Charlene White and Henry Bonsu of Colourful Radio, the euphoric atmosphere was filled with true Ghanaian pride and excitement and supported by business leaders  such as Felix Nyarko-Pong, CEO uniBank (Ghana) limited, Eric Guichard, CEO of Homestrings and Jonathan Howard, CEO of Business Council for Africa.

Shaun Campbell, Award winner Kanya King of MOBO and GUBA Patron, actor Hugh Quarshie

Shaun Campbell, Award winner Kanya King of MOBO and GUBA Patron, actor Hugh Quarshie

The Trinity Baptist Church Youth Choir started the night with the Ghanaian National Anthem supported by the Composers band before the CEO of GUBA Dentaa, took the stage to welcome guests and to reiterate the aims and objectives of the event and the good work that the GUBA foundation are doing to create awareness of autism within the Ghanaian community and further plans to do a week of autism awareness in Ghana.

The CEO went on further to appeal to corporate organisations and individuals to keep supporting the good work of GUBA and its foundation. “Next year will be our fifth anniversary so we are appealing to all to help sponsor and make it a special one. The GUBA vision is to become a major social catalyst to spur investment opportunities, business partnerships and innovation between Ghana and the UK, and we’d like to thank you all sincerely for supporting the cause and those who work hard to support it”, Dentaa said.

Cherie Blair presenting an Award to Prince Amoabeng CEO of UT Bank

Cherie Blair presenting an Award to Prince Amoabeng CEO of UT Bank

This year sponsors offered winners an extra incentive as follows:

Invest In Africa Sustainable Business Award; A free listing on the new online platform: Africa Partner Pool (APP) and a framed Sunderland football shirt, a collector’s item.

BLAVO AND CO Best Young Entrepreneur Award; Free legal advice for 6mths

GAMANK Efie Ne Fie Award; Free investment and financial advice for 6mths

Money Gram Best Ghanaian Association of the Year Award; £500 cheque

Arik Air Rising Star Award; One return ticket to Ghana for the winners

Hometrings Small Emerging Business Award; Investment advice up to one year. Helping construct an investment portfolio of African opportunities that meet needs of winner

His Excellency Peter Jones, British High Commissioner to Ghana

His Excellency Peter Jones, British High Commissioner to Ghana

GUBA SPONSORS for this year included: Invest In Africa, Blavo & Co, Moneygram, uniBank (Ghana) limited, Armajaro, Ghana High Commission, RLG, GAM-ANK, MYGAPPAREL, British High Commission, HOMESTRINGS, Arik Air, Empire Fashion, CHELSIQUE bespoke events.

MEDIA partners: ABN TV, The Voice Newspaper, Newspress, Panache Occasions, acs, AfroPulp, Discover GHANA, The British Blacklist, Precise Marketing Solutions, Diamond Radio, Screen Nation Zen Magazine, E-volution, FAB photography, GLA News, Hot Digital online, Homebase TV, rickiedavies pr, gfm radio, ghone entertainment tv, joyonline, NUQUARI ARTS STUDIO and many other radio, TV and online SUPPORTERS.

Editor’s Note:

The GUBA Foundation JUST GIVING page is now up and running. Please use it to donate to the foundation. https://www.justgiving.com/gubafoundation/

Trinity Baptist Church Choir

Trinity Baptist Church Choir

THE WINNERS

Armajaro and Ghana High Commission in the UK Corporate Business of the Year

Vodafone Group Services Ltd

Invest In Africa Sustainable Business Award

Agro Mindset Organisation

GAMANK Efie Ne Fie Award

Debra-Jane Nelson | Mahogany Events

BLAVO AND CO Best Young Entrepreneur Award

Edwin Kwaku Broni-Mensah

Best African Fusion Designer

Duaba Serwa

Hometrings Small Emerging Business Award

Akua Wood | Sheabutter Cottage

Money Gram Best Ghanaian Association of the Year Award

Merseyside Association of Ghanaians

Artist of the year 

Fuse ODG

RLG Development Award

Edward Amartey-Tagoe |Nandi Mobile

British High Commission Ghana, Best Charity Of The Year

Lively Minds

Arik Air Rising Star Award

Rebecca Amissah

Best Student Achiever 2013

Jason Ochere

Exceptional Achievement 2013

Herman Chinery-Hesse | the SOFTtribe Limited

Enterprise Mogul 2013

Kanya King MBE

Outstanding Achievement 2013

Prince Kofi Amoabeng | UT Bank

GUBA community champion

Archbishop Kwaku Frimpong Manson

Special Award 2013

Griff Rhys Jones

 

GUBA award winner Fuse ODG and Miss Ghana UK 2013

GUBA award winner Fuse ODG and Miss Ghana UK 2013

About Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards 2013

The GUBA Awards is a non-profit awards ceremony celebrating the excellent achievements of Ghanaians living in Britain and acknowledging the valuable services of UK based organizations to Ghanaians in the UK or Ghana.  GUBA Awards is in its third year and aims at extending the awards to the wider African community in the UK.

 For further information please contact:

George Ameyaw   george@gubaawards.co.uk  visit www.gubaawards.co.uk