Group Chairman of KGL and Board Chairman of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Alex Apau Dadey, has been named the Man of the Year at the 8th edition of the Exclusive Men of the Year (EMY) Africa Awards held in Accra.
The EMY Africa Awards are held annually to honour personalities who have made significant contributions to society in various fields, including business, entertainment and sports, recognising various nominees across a set of categories based on their achievements within the year under review.
Mr. Dadey has over 30 years’ experience in financial technology (Fintech), logistics, agriculture, property development and commerce across the United Kingdom (UK) and Ghana and has held several C-suite positions and served on the boards of multiple institutions. Undergirding his three-decade track record of success is his commitment to building an inclusive financial environment that provides high-value partnerships for small businesses to thrive and succeed across Ghana.
Introducing his profile, EMY Africa Board Chairman, Ernest Ofori Sarpong, noted that Mr. Dadey is a philanthropist and an astute entrepreneur with unmatched integrity.
While expressing appreciation for the honour bestowed upon him, Mr. Dadey highlighted some key strides made by KGL over the past years saying: “I really appreciate this but nothing excites me more than the changes we make in the communities that we work in. Being one of the largest charities in Ghana, I am delighted to announce that KGL Foundation devotes 5 percent of its revenue to corporate social interventions and to demonstrate its commitment towards tax payment the company intends to increase its contribution to the consolidated fund from the current 5 percent to 8 percent in the coming year.”
He added that: “Not only did I initiate the Ghana- Diaspora Homecoming Summit in 2017 but I also instituted the Ghana Investment and Opportunity Summit in the UK in 2018 and was appointed to the governing board of GIPC same year,” and furthermore said, “at the core of what we do is the wealth and job creation in the economy. We are one of the largest funders of the Ghana Football Association and we also give a lot of scholarships”.
For his achievements, he received a priceless piece of art woven together with 8, 500 pieces of thread put together by Macbancy Global Art, a limited-edition Caveman watch and a voucher worth GH10,000 from Orca Deco Ghana.
Madam Beatrice Agyemang, Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of Media General Group, also won the Woman of the Year award under the same category for her outstanding contribution to the media industry in the year under review.
The award categories as usual were divided into two sections – the honorary awards and the competitive awards, which saw winners chosen based on results of the voting process.
Award-winners at the 8th EMY Africa Awards include:
Man of the Year – Mr. Alex Apau Dadey.
Man of Courage Award – Cobhams Asuquo.
Man of the Year Technology – Olugbenga Agboola.
Special Recognition Award – Thebeetsile Kgosi Ikalafeng.
Special Recognition Award
PAV Ansah Communicator Award – Erastus Asare Donkor.
Woman of the Year – Beatrice Agyemang.
Man of the Year Business (Magnate Award) – Dr. James Orleans- Lindsay.
Young Achiever-female – Berla Mundi.
Young Achiever Male – Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade (MR EAZI).
Man of the Year (Health) – Abdulai Fadilu Rahman.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Prof. Ablade Glover.
Green Corporate Star Award – The Goodroll Africa.
Media Excellence Award – Tajuddeen Adepetu .
Group of the Year – Lions Clubs International.
Continental Icon Award – Asamoah Gyan.
Founder, Ghetto Kids (Humanitarian Award) – Kavuma Dauda.
Man of the Year (Agriculture Award) – Michael Zormelo.
Man of Style – Nana Sarfo.
Brand of the Year – Zeepay.
The creative and support arts award – Ibrahim Mahama.
The Guardian Awards- Fred Swaniker.
Discovery of the Year – Mohammed Kudus.
Man of the Year – Mohammed Kudus.
Designer of the Year – Jay Ray Ghartey.
Actor of the Year – Bill Asamoah.
Man of the Year (Music) – Black Sherif.
The EMY awards are organised by the Exclusive Men’s Club International, a non-profit organization that promotes the development of men and boys in Africa.