Dr Mensah Otabil is Ghana's Most Influential Person, 2014 -Survey

BY: Jasmine Arku
Dr Mensah Otabil

General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Dr Mensah Otabil is Ghana’s Most Influential Person for the year 2014, according to a survey by Etv Ghana.

The New Patriotic Party’s 2012 presidential candidate, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo and former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Martin Amidu were ranked second and third respectively.

Making the top ten were Star FM’s Nathaniel Kwabena Anokye Adisi alias Bola Ray; private legal practitioner, Ace Ankomah; Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Shaributu, CEO of UT Bank, Prince Kofi Amoabeng; musician Charles Kwadwo Fosu alias Daddy Lumba; Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and CEO of Despite Group of Companies, Osei Kwame Despite.

President John Dramani Mahama was ranked 24th while former Presidents Kufuor and Jerry John Rawlings ranked 14th and 16th respectively.

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The Ghana’s Most Influential Awards is an annual event organised by Etv Ghana to recognize Ghanaians who have made great impact in terms of having the power to impact positively and effect change in their area of expertise in the society during the year under review.

The process for the fifth edition of the awards officially started in November 2014 when nominations were opened for the public to nominate personalities they believe have been most influential in the year 2014. Nominations were solicited from the streets with forms, via text through a short code, and via Etv Ghana’s facebook page and website. 

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Unlike previous years when public voting constituted 100%, the voting system for 2014 was revised. Public voting was 70%, whilst a specially constituted committee had a 30% voting weight. The entire voting process was verified, vetted and approved by Pannell Kerr Forster (PKF), a highly respected audit firm, and K-Archy consult.