Award winners, nominees, organizers and the general public have been left stunned by the immense success of the 2011 Ghanaian UK-Based Achievements (GUBA) awards. The star-studded event brought together Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians living in the UK from all walks of life together in a colourful blend of glitz and glamour.
The 2nd annual event of the awards which was instituted to recognize, celebrate and encourage outstanding British-based Ghanaian achievers was held at the luxurious Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel overlooking Thames Embarkment at the heart of London.
The big winners on the night included Blacks Stars striker Asamoah Gyan, who won the Best African Sports Personality of the year. The Best Business went to Tullow Oil whiles the Best Print Journalist went to Joanna Abeyie of the Cosmopolitan Magazine. Kwame Sefa Kayi took home the Special Achievement Award for his popular Ghanaian morning show.
A Lifetime Achievement Award went to Lord Paul Boateng, Britain’s first Black Cabinet Minister and the first British Ghanaian to sit in the House of Lords. Lord Boateng expressed his deepest gratitude and advised members of the community to continue to “thrive for greatness” Director Charles Thompson, MBE, paid tribute to Lord Boateng, describing him as an “inspiration to many”
The event was co-hosted by Ras Kwame, a former BBC 1Xtra radio presenter and Ellen Thomas, a recognizable British-African actress. Together, they delivered a sterling, energy infused performance throughout the evening.
Among an array of stars on hand to present awards were Anton Ferdinand, a British professional footballer, UK-based Ghanaian rapper Sway, and Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari. Others were Menaye Muntari, Lethal Bizzle, Hugh Quarshie, Jeanette Kwakye, Jimmy Akingbola and GUBA patron John Painstil.
Other awards included Best Money Transfer which went to Money Gram and a Special Achievement Award went to “Coz Ov Moni” for being the First pidgin musical.
Category winners were selected by public vote from the sectors of Business and Enterprise, Popular culture and Community Contribution. The Recognition awards were however, handpicked by the GUBA collective.
The full list of award winners is as follows:
Best Business – Tullow Oil
Best Money Transfer – Money Gram
Best Shipping Company – Speedlink Travel and Freight
Best Professional – Lady Gifty Tetteh
Best Entrepreneur – Andy Ansah
Best African Fusion – Yaa Ataa Couture Bags
Best Radio Presenter – Owusu Frimpong
Best Club DJ – Neptizzle
Best Photographer – Ernest Simons
Best Print Journalist – Joanna Abeyie
Best African Sports Personality – Asamoah Gyan
All White BBQ & Ghana’s Official 54th Independence Celebration Dance
Best Charity Organisation – Ghana Education Project
Best Association – Ghanaian Community in Bradford
Rising Star Award – Fidel Frimpong
Best Student Achiever – Vida Yiadom Boayke
Special Achievement Award – Coz Ov Moni – First pidgin musical
Special Achievement – James Barnor – 50 year photography career
Special Achievement – Kwami Sefa Kayi – Popular running morning show in Ghana / 11 years
Special Achievement – Samuel Awuni – Cocoa Farmer
Lifetime Achievement – Lord Paul Boateng