Mrs. Edith Dankwa, Executive Director, Business & Financial Times Ltd., was adjudged the Best Entrepreneur Print Media at the Ghana Entrepreneur Awards held in Accra on Saturday.

 Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zoomlion Limited, was adjudged the overall Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2011.

The Ghana Entrepreneur Awards is aimed at honouring outstanding Ghanaian and foreign resident entrepreneurs for their contribution to economic growth and job-creation in the country.

This year’s Awards honoured 30 prominent entrepreneurs who have exhibited superior performance that has helped them to emerge out of poverty, create jobs and add value to society

The awardee-list included Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, CEO, ZoomLion Ghana Ltd, Overall Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2011; Mr. Ramcharnd Udharam Mohinani, Chairman, Mohinani Group of Companies, Lifetime Entrepreneur Achievement Award; Sir. Sam Jonah, Executive Chairman, Jonah Capital Ghana and South Africa, Best Ghanaian International Entrepreneur Award; Mr. Bhagwan Khubchandani, Chairman, Melcom Group of Companies, Special Entrepreneur Achievement Award; Dr. Theresa Oppong-Beeko, CEO, Manet Group of Companies, Best Woman Entrepreneur Award; Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, CEO, Champion Divine Clinic, Outstanding Entrepreneur Achievement Award; Mr. Mike Nyinaku, founder & CEO, Beige Group of Companies, Best Young Entrepreneur Award.

The others are Mr. Salem Kalmoni, CEO, Japan Motors Group of Companies, Best Serial Entrepreneur Award; Mr. James Ebo Whyte, CEO, Roverman Productions, Most-Promising Entrepreneur Award; Mr. William Ato Essien, CEO, First Capital Plus Savings and Loans Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Banking & Finance Award; Mr. Kimathi Mawuse Dake, CEO, Jescan Constructions Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Building & Civil Engineering Award; Rev. Prof. Kingsley E. Larbi, President & CEO, Regent University College of Science and Technology, Best Entrepreneur Education Award; Dr. Fawzi Wolley, CEO, Kwatsons Group of Companies and Max Mart Shopping mall, Best Entrepreneur Trading & Retailing Award 2011; Mr. Macdonald Vasnani, CEO, Consolidated Shipping Agencies Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Transport & logistics Award; Dr. Felix Kwaku Anyah, CEO, Holy Trinity Medical & Spa Centre, Best Entrepreneur in Health Services Award; Mr. Samuel Amo Tobbin, CEO, Tobinco Pharmaceutical Group of Companies, Best Entrepreneur in Pharmaceuticals Industry Award; Mr. Herman Chinery-Hesse, Executive Chairman, The SoftTribe Ltd & BSL Ghana Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Information Communications Technology Award; Yonny Emmanuel Kulendi, Esq, Managing Solicitor, Kulendi @ Law, Best Entrepreneur Professional Award; Mr. Kennedy Okosun, Chairman, KRIF Ghana Ltd & The Stationery Depot, Best Entrepreneur Office Suppliers & Stationery Award.

The rest are Mr. Isaac Tetteh, CEO,T.T Brothers Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Food & Beverage Award; Mr. Sydney Baeta, CEO, Expertravel-HRG Ghana, Best Entrepreneur Travel & Tourism Award; Mr. Stephen Osei Akoto, CEO, Mplaza & Mariset hotels, Best Entrepreneur Hospitality Industry Award; Mr. Talal Fatal, CEO, Global Village Group, Best Entrepreneur Electronic Media Award; Mr. Edward Boateng, Executive Chairman, Global Media Alliance & Silverbird Entertainment, Ghana, Best Entrepreneur Media Communication & Entertainment Award; Mr. Magnus Nunoo, CEO, Magvlyn industries Ltd, Best Entrepreneur Manufacturing Industry Award; Dr. Fawzi Wolley, CEO, Kwatsons Group of Companies and Max Mart Shopping mall, Best Entrepreneur Trading & Retailing Award; Mr. John Daniel Otoo, CEO, Capital 02 Natural Health Co. Ltd, Best Entrepreneur in Herbal Services Award ; Chief Yaw Kumey, CEO,Y. Kumey International Group Limited, Commercial & Property Development Award; and Nana Odeneho Kyeremanteng Executive Chairman, Comet Properties, Best Entrepreneur Real Estate Development Award.

The initiative was also to reward the capabilities of entrepreneurs running Small and Medium Enterprises and encourage more people to get into entrepreneurship, as well as support existing entrepreneurs in creating jobs.

The event, on the theme “Unleashing Entrepreneurial Capabilities to Meet The Global Challenges Of The 21st Century”, was jointly organised by Entrepreneur Foundation of Ghana (EFG), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, and National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Vice President John Dramani Mahama expressed Government’s willingness to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youth.

He said an effective and active collaboration between companies and the universities and polytechnics to provide entrepreneurial clinics would help whip-up the interest of the youth in self-employment and creation of companies.

“Most students these days graduate from school with the mindset to work only in so-called big companies. Some of these young people can become successful entrepreneurs with the right paradigm shift and mentoring from renowned entrepreneurs,” Mr. Afriyie-Ankrah said.

He called on big companies and established organisations to support young people by giving them a percentage of their contracts and supporting them with money, experience and exposure.

Mr. Sam Ato Gaisie, Chief Executive Officer of EFG, encouraged the youth to take up entrepreneurship so as to develop themselves and create jobs for others.

He asked Ghanaian entrepreneurs to strive to get to the top in the 21st century, through joint partnership and other forms of capital, to compete with other countries.

Mr, Gaisie appealed to institutions to support the foundation in honouring prominent entrepreneurs of the country.

The maiden entrepreneur awards held last year saw Prince Kofi Amoabeng, CEO of UT Bank, adjudged the Best Entrepreneur for 2010.

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