Gongs for UK's Top Ghanaians: London Was the Venue for a Glittering Event Which Recognised and Honoured the Business Achievements of Ghanaians Living in the United Kingdom

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Gongs for UK's Top Ghanaians: London Was the Venue for a Glittering Event Which Recognised and Honoured the Business Achievements of Ghanaians Living in the United Kingdom


London's elegant New Connaught Rooms was the place to be as the cream of Ghanaian professionals and business persons gathered for what has now become a showpiece of African talent abroad, the annual GPA Awards. The awards ceremony, now in its third year, was founded by Emelia Bartels of Excel Marketing Consultancy, a media relations, marketing communications and consulting firm in the UK to recognise the talents of Ghanaian professionals and entrepreneurs. The plush setting of the Grand Hall was fully themed to match the Ghanaian national colours. This, Bartells said was "to raise the profile of our community and encourage our youth". She hoped the event would encourage the other black and minority ethnic communities In emulate the achievement of the Ghanaian community and set industry role models for their youth.

The event kicked off with a champagne reception and networking, followed by a buffet dinner consisting of West African delicacies. Entertainment was provided by the ace South African musician, Sonic Mndebele. Guests were also treated to a stunning, upmarket fashion by Mesma Scarves punctuated with music from the talented accappella (or should it be Afroppella) group, Alabaster Box and Theo Bessem. BBC presenters Henry Bonsu and Gillian Joseph competed the event with sparkling wit and thorough professionalism.

Award winners included Dr Nellie Adjaye, Consultant Paediatrician on the Victoria Climbe case tot her outstanding contribution to medicine; the star of television serials Holby City, and Casualty Adjoa Andoh received the award for entertainment and Salome Asseku Aful, ceo of Mesma-on-line scooped the fashion award from top designers Tina Tiamo and Kwame Dabra. Salome is also a GWIN (Global Women's Inventors Network) 2003 winner and was a finalist at the British Female Inventor of the Year Award. The media award went to Kut & Payste Media for creative media and for carving out a niche in this highly competitive field.

David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates scooped the award for Architecture; the Banking and Finance category award went In Frank Etu-Menson, a financial economist and banker for professionalism, outstanding skill and contribution to the UK banking and finance. The Business Innovator award went to Manjaro Bar in Islington for exceptional achievement and unique methods of doing business. The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Intaract New Media while Paul Sodzi, an aerospace engineering consultant won the award for Science & Technology for his personal achievement in science. Sandra Techman top barrister at Unisys, was recognised for her outstanding contribution to law and the ethnic minority youth. Bishop Frimpong Manson, founder of Reconciliation International, a charity in north London, was given the Religion & Social Care award for his dedicated and selfless service to his community.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Special recognition awards were given to Roger Gilman's Funeral Charity, 'TEABAG' for his outstanding contribution to the under privileged in Ghana. The Young Creative Star award went to Isaac Inoom also know as 'Mr Numbervator' for his invention of the 'handi calci'. The Excell Award for Innovation, Dedication and Excellence (IDE) went to Dr Nellie Adjaye, consultant paediatrician for putting Ghana on the recognition map. Kwame-kwei Armah, of the hit "IV show, Celebrity Frame Academy to his surprise, was given 'The GPA Man Of The Year' Award for promoting Ghana and the underprivileged in the mainstream media. …

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