The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has entered into partnership with the Grow, Unite, Build Africa (GUBA) for the 2021 awards intended to celebrate a centenary of the demise and legacies of Yaa Asantewaa, the Asante Queen Mother of Ejisu and the last African woman to lead a major war against the British colonial powers in 1900.
The awards, according to GUBA, will be heralded with a cultural durbar at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on November 7, with the main awards ceremony slated for November 8, 2021 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
A letter from UNFPA to GUBA on the upcoming awards, said: “UNFPA recognizes the importance and critical role of women in the development of any nation, and has therefore accepted to partner GUBA for the awards.”
The letter noted that the UNFPA, having reviewed the works of GUBA over the years, and realizing the organization’s focus on the resilience of women, promoting greater economic, social and cultural cooperation between Africa and the African diaspora, has been convinced that the collaboration will go a long way to inspire women to achieve more in their fields of endeavor.
“UNFPA delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled while the girl child is empowered,” the letter said.
Receiving the support, GUBA Enterprise’s President and CEO, Dentaa Amoateng MBE, lauded the partnership between GUBA and UNFPA and said the support will further increase the success of the awards this year. “This partnership is a great motivation for us at GUBA because we find similar synergies and share similar aspirations in the works of the UNFPA. This support is a big deal for us at GUBA,” Dentaa noted.
2021 marks exactly 100 years of the death of Yaa Asantewaa, the last African woman to lead a major war against colonial powers in 1900, where she played the role of the Commander-in-Chief of the powerful Asante Empire.
These events will observe an important moment in African history, one that is unique to the relations between the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Seychelles and is expected to host several high-profile personalities from the diaspora.
While celebrating Yaa Asantewaa, the awards will also recognize the contribution of Black women in the diaspora and Africa. The 2021 GUBA Awards will also raise awareness on maternal mortality and call for measures to ensure safe child delivery across the continent.
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The year 2021 marks a centenary of the death of Nana Yaa Asantewaa, an Asante Queen Mother and the last African woman to lead a major war against colonial powers in 1900, where she played the role of the Commander-in-Chief of the powerful Asante Empire. After the war, Yaa Asantewaa was captured and taken to Seychelles in exile, where she lived until her demise on October 21, 1921. This year, marks exactly 100 years of her transition.
GUBA seeks to promote greater economic, social, and cultural cooperation between Africa and the African diaspora through harnessing the power of the African youth to advance the socio-economic interests of the continent.
This year’s events has seen several collaborations and supports from high profile organizations, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, GNPC, ECOM among others.