30 Listed for Entrepreneur Awards

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Mssrs Elikem Nutifafa  Kuenyehia, the Managing Partner, Oxford & Beaumont Solicitors and Kofi Mangesi, the Chief Executive Officer of C10 Business World Ltd, are young entrepreneurs nominated among outstanding entrepreneurs in the country to receive honours at the third edition of UT-Ghana Entrepreneur Awards 2012.

The event scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Banquet Hall, State House, also has nominees such as the celebrated Group Chairman of AGAMS Group of Companies, Mr Roland Agambire; Togbe Afede XIV, Founder/Chairman, SAS Group; Mr Saied Fakhry, the Chairman of Interplast Ghana Ltd; Mr Brian Maxted, the Chief Executive Officer of Kosmos Energy; and Alhaji Yusif Ibrahim, the Chairman of Dara Salam Group.

Others are Mr Charles Mensah, the Executive Chairman of Myroc Group; Mr William Adjovu, the Group CEO of Liberty Group; Mr Rockson Dogbegah, the Executive Chairman of Berock Ventures Ltd; Mr Nabil Moukarzel, the Executive Chairman of Finatrade Group and Mr Daniel McKorley, the CEO of McDan Shipping Ltd.

The award is being organised by Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana, with UT Bank as the main title sponsor. It is also supported by the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business and Financial Times, Entrepreneur Magazine, Afrodan Ltd and Anointed Electricals Engineering Services.

The Founder and President of Entrepreneurs Foundation, Mr Sam Ato Gaisie, told the Daily Graphic in Accra that this year’s awards celebration was on the theme “Celebrating Entrepreneurship, the engine of economic growth”.

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He named other nominated entrepreneurs as Mrs Kate Quartey-Papafio, the CEO of Reroy Cables Ltd; Ms Eunice Ogbugo, the CEO of Eugo Terrano Ltd; Mrs Ellen Hagan, CEO of L'aine Services Ltd; Mr Mike Nyinaku, CEO, Beige Village Golf Resort & Spa Ltd; Mr Jihad Hijazi, Managing Director, Auto Plaza Ltd and Ms Mireille Hitti, Executive Director, Duraplast Ghana Ltd.

Mr Gaisie also mentioned Mr Kwabena Nyarko, CEO, Buena Vista Homes Ltd, Dr Paul Kofi Fynn, Chancellor, Wisconsin International University College; Mr Ramesh M. Sadhwani & Mr Mahesh A. Melwani, Joint Group Managing Director,  Melcom Group; Mr Gopal Vasu, Managing Director, M&G Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Dr. Wisdom Amegbletor, CEO, New Crystal Health Services Ltd; Chief Paul Crystal Djirackor, CEO, Crystal TV

The rest of the nominees are categories are Mr. Kofi Dadzie, CEO, Rancard Solutions; Mrs Theresa Ayoade, Executive Director, Charterhouse Productions; Mr Pak-Wo Shum, Managing Director, Aviation Alliance; Mr Tonyi Senayah, CEO, Horseman Shoes; Mrs Leticia Osafo-Addo, CEO, Processed Food & Spices Ltd, and Prof Edmund Delle, CEO, Rabito Health Services Ltd.

The nominees would be competing in various categories including the Overall Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, Young Entrepreneur, Lifetime Entrepreneur, International Entrepreneur, Outstanding Entrepreneur, Special Entrepreneur, Woman Entrepreneur and Most Promising Entrepreneur.

Other categories are Corporate Business, ICT, Financial, Manufacturing ,Small Scale Industry, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Electronic and Print Media, Entertainment, Education and Agribusiness.

 According to Mr Gaisie, the key objective of the awards was to recognise and reward the best entrepreneurs in the Ghanaian business community for their contribution to supporting economic growth and spurring job creation.

UT Ghana Entrepreneur Awards 2012, is the third in the series which have so far honoured some of the prominent Ghanaian entrepreneurs, including Prince Kofi Amoabeng, CEO of UT Bank and Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Executive Chairman of Zoomlion Group who won Overall Best Entrepreneur in the 2010 and 2011 respectively.

Story by Samuel Doe Ablordeppey