The founder of the Ghana UK Based Awards (GUBA), Dentaa Amoateng, is a recipient of a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) award presented by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain.
This is part of the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours.
A statement by the British High Commission in Ghana said the award was presented in recognition of Ms Amoateng’s services to UK-African Diaspora relations, through her work with GUBA.
The GUBA Awards is an annual awards ceremony based in the UK, which recognises the ‘hugely significant’ contribution that British-Ghanaians make to society. Dentaa founded the awards in 2009 as she felt that there was “nothing out there” that promoted and celebrated the hard work and successes of British Ghanaians.
British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin took to Twitter to applaud Ms Amoateng for her achievements:
All hail Dentaa Amoateng @Dentaa_show awarded an MBE in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List! https://t.co/RJw4a32Go8
— Jon Benjamin (@JonBenjamin19) June 11, 2016
After receiving the news of her honour, Dentaa stated: “I am truly honoured and delighted to have been considered for the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. This recognition is beyond my imagination and I am so very grateful for the honour. Improving African affairs within the UK is the main objective of my organisation – GUBA Enterprise – and my team. I share the honour with them to reflect our continuing commitment to maintaining and advancing relations.”
GUBA also 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.