About GUBA Awards

Grow, Unite, Build, Africa (GUBA) Awards is a non-profit Pan-African, Business and Innovation Awards instituted to seeks to reward, celebrate excellence and innovation of African individuals and organisations in the diaspora and back home, that work towards the advancement, empowerment and progression of the African community in the Diaspora.

GUBA Awards started as is an annual awards ceremony based in Britain which recognised the “hugely significant” contribution that British-Ghanaians make to society. The awards were founded in 2009 by UK-based Ghanaian TV personality Dentaa, with the first awards ceremony taking place in London, England, in October 2010. GUBA President Dentaa had the idea to set up the awards as she felt that there was “nothing out there” that promoted and celebrated the hard work and successes of British Ghanaians.

The GUBA Awards was the first ceremony of its kind to specifically recognise Ghanaian achievement and the only awards to be endorsed by the Ghana High Commission in the UK. It is intended as a platform that “showcases and celebrates excellence and achievement within the British-Ghanaian community as well as the outstanding and valuable services provided to Ghanaians in the UK and Ghana”.  More recently, the organisers have sought to also involve the wider African communities as they attempt to gain international attention. As one of the most professionally executed and entertaining events, the GUBA Awards ceremony attracts a high calibre of African political luminaries as well as business and entrepreneurial personalities. Guests have enjoyed the organisation and professional appeal of our past events.

GUBA Awards is a non-profit organisation that donates proceeds towards charitable schemes operating within the Ghanaian community, and provides an “engaging platform” for promoting greater cultural diversity in the UK as well as raising the profile of Ghana. In 2012 the GUBA Foundation was set up to tackle a broad spectrum of issues affecting Ghanaian and African communities.

GUBA has been acknowledged and endorsed for its role in recognising Ghanaian achievements in the UK, as well as promoting the national interest of Ghana and the African community, by dignitaries and organisations. 

In July 2013, GUBA Awards received an International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Excellence Award, beating over 100 nominees from the UK corporate sector. The organisation won silver in the ‘International’ category of the awards for its work supporting and enriching British-Ghanaian communities. The accolade gives GUBA the opportunity to be recognised as a leader in corporate social responsibility and be officially honoured at the House of Commons with a CSR World Leader Plaque. In 2015, GUBA was a recipient of the British Award for African Development (BRAAD). The award was in recognition of the outstanding achievement of GUBA in community and social development.

GUBA has since expanded its focus and currently known as Grow, Unite, Build, Africa (GUBA) Awards. The awards held in the United States in 2019, led way for this change and inclusivity, restructuring the awards towards a Pan-African outlook.

GUBA Awards Highlights

Highlights of GUBA Awards 2021