On September 26th, the 2019 GUBA Awards USA, the world-renowned organization dedicated to African advancement across the African Diaspora, made its official U.S. debut to celebrate Ghanaian innovation and empower the global African Community.   

Hosted at the luxurious The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, special guests, heads of state and dignitaries from around the globe gathered together to celebrate the accomplishments of the evening’s distinguished honorees and nominees. Dentaa Amoateng MBE, CEO and Founder of the GUBA Enterprise in her speech mentioned “it is with great pride and a humbling sense of honour to witness the gradual rise of a determined and dynamic new Africa” in light of the Ghanaian president, His Excellency, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana’s initiative, the Year of the Return.

Awards were presented to distinguished Ghanaian individuals and organizations for their achievements in multiple categories, including:

Right to Dream USA for Charity of the Year 

54 Kingdoms for Creative Influencer

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo for Influential Artist of the Year

Dr. Ave Kludze for Innovation in Science & Technology

Ghana Physicians & Surgeons Foundation for Ghanaian Association of the Year

Black Star Awards were given to accomplished honorees celebrating their accomplishments, including:

Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei – Exceptional Contribution to Medicine Award

Dr. Thomas Mensah – GUBA Technological Achievement Award

Patrick Gyimah Awuah Jr. – Exemplary Achievement in Education Award

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah – Young Woman in Medicine Award

Simon Fuller – Public Service Award

Nicholas Jason Osei Buamah – Young and Talented Award

Rosa Whitaker – Excellence in African Socio-Economic Advancement Award

Rachel Naa-Du Laryea – Student Excellence Award

Daphne Mashile-Nkosi – Industrious African Woman Award

Richelieu Dennis – Editorial Excellence Award

Mary Spio – African Innovator of the Year Award

Guests enjoyed live traditional Ghanaian music performances from South African Gospel singer Ntokozo Mbambo, Ghanaian musician, Samini, saxophonist Mizter Okyere and DJ Akuaa throughout the evening. 

While receiving a citation for his efforts in diaspora mobilisation, His Excellency, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana reiterated that in light of declaring 2019 the Year of Return, his government would continue to ensure African Americans understood they have a home in Ghana. 


Dentaa Amoateng, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana), H.E. Alpha Condé (President of Guinea), Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (President of Burkina Faso), H.E Jean-Claude Kassi-Brou, President of the ECOWAS Commission, actor and political activist Danny Glover, actor and three-times world martial arts champion Winston George Ellis, British basketball executive Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Atlanta Dream WNBA player Angel McCoughtry, Karen Boykin-Towns, Vice Chair NAACP National Board of Directors, Dr. Naomi King, civil rights activist and sister-in-law of Martin Luther King Jr. and more. 


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