Joint 20th Ashanti Business and Financial Services Excellence Awards ceremony to be held

Some previous award winners in a group picture with Otumfuo’s High Representative, Nana Agyekum Kusi Ababio, Oyokohene (in Kente). To the Oyokohene’s right is Prof. Nana Osei-Wusu Achaw

With 2023 marking the 20th editions of the Ashanti Business Excellence Awards Scheme and the Ashanti Financial Services Excellence Awards Scheme, the two awards ceremonies which are normally organised separately have been scheduled to take place jointly on Friday, October 27 at the Lancaster Kumasi City Hotel.

The complementary 9th Ashanti Business Leaders Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held simultaneously.

Organised by Top Brass Ghana, the Ashanti Business Excellence Awards Scheme and Ashanti Financial Services Excellence Awards Scheme were originally instituted under the auspices of Manhyia Palace in 2004 – in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of Otumfuo’s enstoolment and within the context of Otumfuo the Asantehene’s progressive agenda for the economic development of Ashanti, and of Ghana for that matter.

The Ashanti Business Leaders Excellence Awards Scheme, on the other hand, was established in 2015.

According to Isaac Dakwa, Director-Top Brass Ghana, the three development-oriented Ashanti excellence awards schemes have the common objective of honouring business and finance houses as well as captains of business and finance who are deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the economic development of Ashanti.

All concerned will be privileged to have Otumfuo or his High Representative grace the occasion as Special Guest of Honour, with Hon. Simon Osei Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, as the Guest of Honour, while Prof. Nana Osei-Wusu Achaw, Vice-Chancellor of Kumasi Technical University, will preside over the awards ceremony as Chairman.

Over the years, several of Ghana’s leading corporate entities have been recognised under the Business and Financial Services Excellence Awards Schemes. These include: Anglogold Ashanti Company Limited; Bibiani Logging and Lumber Limited; Ernest Chemist Limited; Federated Commodities Limited; Ghana Cocoa Board; Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited; Logs and Lumber Limited; Melcom Limited; Naja David Veneer and Plywood Company Limited; Olam Cocoa Processing Ghana Limited and Produce Buying Company Limited.

Previous Financial Services Excellence Award Winners include: Absa Bank; Access Bank; Agricultural Development Bank; Enterprise Insurance Company Limited; Enterprise Life Assurance Company Limited; GCB Bank; National Investment Bank; Metropolitan Life Assurance Company Limited; Provident Insurance Company Limited; SIC Insurance Company Limited; SIC Life Company Limited; Stanbic Bank; Standard Chartered Bank; Star Assurance Company Limited; Star Life Assurance Company Limited; Universal Merchant Bank; Vanguard Assurance Company Limited; and Zenith Bank.

Among Ghana’s top businessmen and businesswomen honoured at the Ashanti Business Leaders Excellence Awards Scheme are: Mrs. Janet Abobigu (UNI-JAY Limited); Mr. E. K. Agyemang (E. K. Agyemang Mining Group); Mr. Lawrence Agyinsam (Ghana Exim Bank); Mr. Ernest Akwasi Appiah (ENEPA Ventures); Mr. Eric Asubonteng (Anglogold Ashanti Company Limited); Rev. Dr. Kwabena Darko (Darko Farms and Company Limited); Nana Kwadwo Gyasi (Nana Kwadwo Gyasi Company Limited); Mrs. Georgina Kusi (Georgia Hotel); Hon. Dr. Kwame Kyei (Unity Oil Group); Dr. Justice Yaw Ofori (National Insurance Commission); Elder Kwasi Oppong (Kwasi Oppong Company Limited); and Mr. Mukesh Thakwani (B5 Plus Limited).

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