The Founder and Chief Executive Officer, McDan Group of Companies, Daniel McKorley, also known as McDan, has launched his autobiography as part of activities to mark his 50th birthday anniversary.
The book titled: The path of an Eagle-Despair, Hope & Glory’, gives step-by-step account of his life and how the various experiences of his upbringing have shaped him in general. It is summarized into 257 pages, and eight chapters with contents including early scenes, changing scenes of same, seizing responsibility- intimate portrait of pleasures & downturns, family affairs, and fear of the unknown among others.
Representing the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan John Kyerematen, who launched the book, stated that McKorley’s achievements were testimonies and indications that the Government’s Ghana Beyond Aid agenda was achievable.
He reiterated that private sector development was the way to deal with youth unemployment and encouraged the youth to take advantage of the Government’s interventions to establish themselves and enhance their lots.
In his address at the book launch, Mr. McKorley reiterated that if he has attained this height in life, then everyone can, adding that this book is to serve as a shoulder to the next generation to stand upon to soar higher.
“Growing up, I built my whole life around the characteristics of the eagle, a bird that is very intelligent, more focused, resilient, unrelenting and most successful at its adventures, and so the eagle as a symbol that dominates in everything I do and stand for.
Whatever I want to do, the first thing I ask myself is how is this going to impact others and so, this book is also to inspire the next generation so that we can have thousands of successful business people like myself in the country who will say I was inspired by your book to come this far,” he said.
As part of his 50th birthday anniversary, the McDan Foundation has offered scholarships to 50 children between the ages of seven to 15 years to fully fund their education from basic school through to tertiary level.
In addition, the McDan Emerging Business Awards (MEBA) was also launched to honour and promote highly innovative and hardworking entrepreneurs to move to the next level. Again, the foundation also unveiled Aqua Mineral Water, which proceeds will go into the coffers of the McDan Foundation in furtherance of the numerous philanthropic works.
In a colorful ceremony, chiefs from the Ga Traditional Council, Northern, Western and Volta regions were present in their full regalia to honour and celebrate with McDan for his developmental projects in their respective communities.
To crown it all, he was installed by the Chiefs of Anglo State and Kings Forum of Africa as a development chief of the traditional area and Africa continent respectively. This makes it his third of such titles having previously been entailed by the chiefs of Ada and Dagbon.