Ernst &Young’s Entrepreneurial awards for local entrepreneurs opens next week.  The awards which were introduced to West African countries last year only covers Ghana and Nigeria at present, with plans underway to cover Liberia and Sierra Leone. This gives Ghanaian entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase their contributions to economic growth, and to do that at an international level.

Last year’s ceremony played host to four Ghanaian entrepreneurs who received awards. They included Edward Effah (Fidelity Bank’s MD), Prince Kofi Amoabeng (CEO of UT Group), Zoomlion’s Joseph Agyepong and GLICO Group’s Executive, Kwame Acheampong Kyei.

Ernst& Young’s regional managing partner for West Africa, Mr Henry Egbiki stated that, the Entrepreneur of the Year award programme was brought to the region to encourage entrepreneurs in West Africa to maximise their potential.

Ferdinand Gunn, the Managing Partner for Ghana believes that the EOY is one of the evidences of the giant strides entrepreneurs and business leaders are making in his part of Africa. He remarks that ‘Africa’s progress has been phenomenon as the continent has remained the most attractive for investment in recent times’.

‘Entrepreneurs change the world. They dare to dream that life could be different. They have the courage and passion to make their dreams a reality, to build something of lasting values that benefits us all’.

The Ernst & Young EOY is one of the world’s most prestigious business accolades; it recognizes the most exceptional among a unique group of people. Ernst & Young has brought this award to West Africa, driven by the need to motivate and celebrate entrepreneurs within the region to support them to meet and interact with their counterparts across the globe.

Story by Claudia Andrews

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