The Ghana Business Awards is a prestigious awards scheme designed to honour individuals and businesses performing extraordinarily well and changing the face of their sectors.
This year’s ceremony was held on October 29 at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel. Sixty-five individuals and institutions, both public and private, were awarded for their excellent performances and impacts on the socio-economic development of Ghana.
The big winners at the Ghana Business Awards 2021.
- Edward Effah – CEO of the Decade at the Ghana Business Awards 2021
After a successful career as a senior finance executive, Edward Effah established the Fidelity group of financial services companies in October 1998. The Fidelity group of financial services companies comprises Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited (Fidelity Bank), Fidelity Asia Bank Limited (Malaysia), Fidelity Securities Limited (FSL), and Fidelity Capital Partners Limited (now Mustard Capital Partners Limited or MCPL). Fidelity Bank was launched in October 2006 and has become one of Ghana’s largest privately-owned banks with total assets in excess of 12 Billion Cedis (US$2 billion), over 2 million customers, and 75 branches in every region of the country.
- Chris Chinebuah – Entrepreneur of the Decade at the Ghana Business Awards 2021
Chris Chinebuah is the Chief Executive Officer of Fueltrade Limited. Since 1982, Chris CAhinebuah has workedED in the petroleum industry mainly as a local representative of a number of foreign companies. These include West African representative of TOTAL DALI (Local representative of Tsakos Shipping & Trading; for crude oil transportation from Nigeria to Tema), Phibro Energy (Local representative of, a subsidiary of Solomon Brothers Inc.), Petrobras S.A. (West African representative), among others. Fueltrade is said to be the largest distributor of petroleum products in Ghana and controls 14.05% of the bulk oil distribution market share in Ghana.
- ECOM Ghana – Agribusiness of the Year at the Ghana Business awards 2021
With over 171 years of market experience, ECOM is a leading global commodity merchant and sustainable supply chain management company operating in over 35 major producing countries across the world. “ECOM is one of the top two merchants in coffee, the largest coffee miller, and amongst the top four merchants in both cotton and cocoa, making ECOM a top tier participant in each of its core businesses,” a communiqué on their website reads.
- Vodafone Ghana – Telecom Company of the Year at the Ghana Business Awards 2021
Ranked as the second network operator in terms of market share & the best in voice clarity and data speed, Vodafone Ghana is a leading communications provider in Ghana – delivering such services as mobile data & voice; fixed voice & broadband, and mobile financial services. Vodafone Ghana has won close to 75 local and international awards in the past four years.
- Woodin- Premium African Textiles- Fashion and Lifestyle company of the Year at the Ghana Business awards 2021
A symbol of Africa’s creativity, Woodin is said to be the first African brand offering a contemporary and wholly African fashion range for style-savvy individuals. With retail stores spread over 8 African countries, Woodin offers more than just shopping for clothes, but offers style and comfort with the reflection of confidence.
- Product of the Year at the Ghana Business Awards 2021
Kellogg, a multinational food manufacturing company headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan in the United States of America. It has lived up to its mission of “nourishing families so they can flourish and thrive.” Kellogg first developed its famous breakfast cereal, Corn flakes in 1894 and has since expanded to include various products such as Pringles, Coco pops, and Froot Loops.
- Alhaji Fareed Amin Yakubu- Young Achiever of the Year at the Ghana Business Awards 2021
Alhaji Fareed Amin Yakubu is the CEO of Santol Energy. The company procures, distributes and sells petroleum products. It’s clientele ranges from government entities to private corporations. The company has supply affiliations with Global Haulage Ghana, Qodesh Energy Limited, Willmens Company Limited, HM Halman, Special Ice Ltd, Sky Plus Construction, Maso Quarry, Yara Ghana, Melcom Group, Raanan Fertilizers, and other Bulk Distributorship Companies.
- Nick Danso adjei – Excellence in Business Award
Nick Danso Adjei is the Chairman and owner of Ghana Link Services, an information technology company that provides customized robust and versatile trade facilitation solutions to its clients across the globe. The Ghanaian-owned company was incorporated in 2001 and initially went into the business of destination inspection in 2003. It continued to expand on its product lines around cross border trade and continue to evolve.
- Mr Collins Otoo Okley – Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
Mr Collins Otoo Okley is the Chief Executive Officer of Nungua Warehouse Ltd, operating since 1989. It is a private international trading and Distribution Company focused on supplying the highest quality ethanol and industrial chemicals to clients across a spectrum of businesses.
- Benonita Bismarck – Woman of Excellence (Public Sector)
A Strategic Planner and Management Consultant, Benonoita Bismarck was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers Authority by President Akufo-Addo. Since then she continuous live up to her words of improving the efficiency and productivity at Ghana’s ports, enhancing the quality of service delivery of shippers and freight-forwarders and transforming the shipping industry into the beacon for economic growth in Ghana and positioning the industry as the maritime hub for trade and industry in the entire African sub-region.
- Patricia Obo-Nai – Woman of Excellence (Private Sector)
Patricia Obo –Nai is the first national female to become Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana. Her appointment, which happened on 19 February 2019, took effect on 1st April 2019. Patricia Obo-Nai has an Electrical Engineering degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and holds an Executive MBA and Executive Education degree from the University of Ghana and Kellogg School of Management in the USA respectively. She was listed in the second and third publications of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2020 & 2021 by Avance Media.
About the Ghana Business awards programme
The awards programme is organized by Globe Productions in partnership with the Institute of Directors (IoD), Nobel International Business School (NiBS), Ipag Business School, Swiss Business School, and the Lincoln University with support from the Graphic Communications Group Limited and Media General. It seeks to;
- Reward Businesses that have played a defining role in moving their industry forward and have demonstrated achievement across a wide variety of domains including sustainability, operational excellence, innovation and others.
- Identify projects and individual achievements that have enabled their Business to set themselves apart from their competitors and that have produced clear and compelling value and other relevant results.
- Bring together players in the Business industry and recognize achievements from local and international companies involved in promoting the business sector in Ghana.