The sold-out event was to acknowledge and reward Ghanaian businesses and individuals who have excelled in their various endeavors as noble ambassadors of Ghana in South Africa in the course of the year 2015.
Delivering her keynote address, Honorable Lindiwe Zulu, Minister for Small Business emphasized the importance of providing small businesses with the correct tools and support for success. According to her, entrepreneurs are a very important driving force for any economy. She congratulated the awardees and encouraged stronger Ghana-South Africa business and trade partnerships. She exhorted Ghanaian small and medium businesses to access her office for needed assistance to sustain the enterprises.
On his part, the High Commissioner of Ghana to South Africa, His Excellency Kwesi Ahwoi said, the Awards ceremony is a testament of the fact that majority of Ghanaians in South Africa are responsibly engaged in activities which inure to the benefit of South Africa, Ghana and themselves and are excelling in several professions and careers. In this connection, Ghana’s contribution to the South Africa’s economy cannot be under-estimated. He noted that the current official Statistics by the South African Authorities put the number of Ghanaians living in the country at about 9000. This number since the last count has grown in his estimation to about 30,000. He said, an Award is an acknowledgement of achievement, therefore these awards are to recognize organizations and individuals who have through creativity, innovation, professionalism and patriotism excelled as noble ambassadors of mother Ghana in South Africa. He commended the organizers of the event and urged all Ghanaians in South Africa to continue to live according to the laws and regulations of the host country and do legitimate business in South Africa.
On the night, Ms. Mimi Sao was awarded the Professional Achiever, while Mr. Franklin Kwesi Eghan was adjudged the Best Master of Ceremony. Other award winners were Classique Hair Salon for Best Hair Salon, Light House Chapel as the Most Popular Church, Mr. Kwame Bediako for the Best Fashion Designer, Mr. Tony Afordofe for the Business Person of the Year, Mrs. Salome Asante as the Most Influential Individual.
Also, Mr. William Ayim Yeboah was adjudged as the Most Popular Personality whiles the Sheila Afari Group took the Best Business (small/medium). The Best Media Personality went to Mr. Alex Kwesi Crassie and the Best friend of Ghana went to Mr. Batandwa Sukwana. The Best Sponsor of Ghana event in SA went to the Delico Properties whiles Mr. Augustine Twum got the Academic Achievements. The Best Ghanaian Company in SA (Large) went to All Danquah Group and Palamo won the Music Artist of the year. Mr Yaw Twum was rewarded as the Black Stars supporter of the year. Best business making a difference in Africa went to Akweni Project Management.
There was also an award for Ghanaian Life Time Achievers in South Africa in the field of academia, community services, entrepreneurship, health and humanitarian service. The awardees were Mrs. Comfort Yeboah(humanitarian), Dr. John Kudjoe(Entrepreneur), Mr. Kofi Owusu Sekyere(Community Service), Dr. Gilbert Anyetei(Health), Mr. Sam Jonah(Entrepreneur), Mr. George William Dickson(Community Service) and Mr. Ralph Nii Okai Tettey-Amlalo(Academia).
The event which was hosted by renowned television actress Abena Ayivor and distinguished MC James Harvey was proudly sponsored by All Danquah Group, Akweni Project Management, P&H boutique, Sankofa Insurance Brokers, Nasara Travel and Tours, Ayawas Technology and Amarte Photography.
Source: GHANA MISSION, PRETORIA
Credit: GHANA HIGH COMMISSION, PRETORIA