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Sammy Heywood Okine

Sammy Heywood Okine

One of Ghana’s most outstanding investment bankers and former CEO of CalBank Mr Frank Adu was the first Corporate leader in the country to invest in Ghana Beach Soccer.

A fine horse rider and accomplished Polo player, Mr Adu signed a cheque of GH 40,000 cedis as the seed investment for Beach Soccer development in 2011.

Although it was initially a CSR partnership, CalBank would go on to invest massively in the sport at the communities level which saw the sand sport spread to every coastal region Ghana.

Over a period of a decade, the indigenous financial institution has supported the game in Ghana beyond the sand pitches with sanitation awareness, environmental degradation and conservation workshops.

The template for CalBank’s corporate branding, naturally rubbed off Ghana Beach Soccer through joint seminars, media training sessions and sports events branding.

The sponsorship of consecutive domestic Beach Soccer leagues was inevitably boosted by the additional sponsorship of the Ghana national Beach Soccer team; the Black Sharks

2021 marks ten years of an unbroken partnership between an emerging sport and Ghana’s leading indigenous financial institution. Much has been achieved over that period.

COVID-19 setbacks aside, the imminent inauguration of the newly formed Ghana Beach Soccer Clubs Union will be followed by the first competitive event in communities since 2019.

And according to Mr Phillip Owiredu, the man who received the management baton from Frank Adu, much more is yet to come from CalBank and Ghana Beach Soccer.

Source: Beach Soccer Ghana

Abubakar Nafiu and Cynthia Domfe were the champions at the 2021 MTN Ashanti Fest Invitational Golf Competition which came off at the Royal Golf Course in Kumasi last Saturday.

Nafiu amassed 37 points over Kwabena Selorm Boampong  who got 35 points and Yaw Anarf  with 34 points in the Men’s Division One category.

Nafiu had it tough on the first five holes, but came back strongly with new ideas to win the ultimate prize.

Nana Adutum-Mensah defeated Mark Scharneck in the Men"s Division Two with two point having won with 36 point.

In the female two-horse race, for players with no handicap, Domfe won with 37 points while Constance Awuni was the runner up with 31 point.

Board Chairman of MTN, Ishmael Yamson, said inspite of the COVID 19 pandemic, technology has played a significant role in getting business activities going.

"Although we are all adapting to the new normal, I am not sure technology could give us the same experience we get when we play on golf course hence our meeting here today," he said.

Mr Yamson expressed that MTN Ghana was working to accelerate its growth and digitalisation in accordance with the company’s Ambition 2025.

He noted that while that was happening, the company was also celebrating its 25th anniversary as a business.

"To demonstrate our commitment to the growth of this country, we will continue to make significant investments into our network to ensure optimum performance and a distinct customer experience.

"We also hope to partner with government in driving digitalisation and innovations in the country," he said.

Mr. Yamson said a mega promo which will reward customers with 25 brand new Hyundai Sonata cars was on-going urging all not be left out of the fun.

He called on customers to participate in the sim re-registration exercise and when it begins tentatively in October.

He stressed that MTN support towards the fight against COVID-19 continues unabated.

MTN Group is partnering African Union’s (AU’s) COVID-19 vaccination programme with $25 million to procure Vaccines for Africa.

From Sammy Heywood Okine

Chairperson of the Women’s Commission of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Madam Elizabeth King has advised females to join the fun in the sports world and take home benefits.

The vice president of Ghana Hockey Federation who graced the 7th Women In Sports Association (WISA) Awards last Saturday said there are many opportunities in sports and urged more girls to take part in sports of their choice.

Not everyone can play football, so you can join Tennis, Basketball, Swimming or Hockey” she expressed.

Madam King who is a member of the LOC for the upcoming African Hockey Tournament to be hosted in Accra, Ghana invited girls and women to come and watch.

Mrs. Abigail McKorley, wife of Dr. Daniel McKorley, Chief Executive Officer of McDan Shipping also recommended parents to support their children to involve themselves in sporting activities.

Mrs. Abigail McKorley who is also CEO of Beebies Events commended the president, Madam Gloria Commodore and executives of WISA for inspiring sports women and implied that rewards instigate people to give off their best performance.

Naa Anyema and Naa Shika Mckorley, both national tennis players revealed they play for fun and fitness. They are preparing for international matches in Togo.

A representative of Ghandour Cosmetics, Mame Efua said they are proud to sponsor the WISA Achievers Awards, and congratulated all the winners.

President of the Women Sports Association of Ghana (WOSPAG), Mrs. Joyce Mahama also advised women to take up leadership positions in sports administration.

Naa Yaoley Atsiabroni 1, Nii Koi Tsuru man Manhean (Adjen Kotoku) Manye, formerly known as Yarkor Chavez, Ghana’s premier female boxer said sports can take people to places, but they must be guided by discipline, dedication and determination to succeed.

Vivian Dougblor, who represented the NSA pledged to support WISA to cushion  their financial burden.

The award winners included five teams, 12 special awardees, 14 individual awards, 14 female sports journalists and three female sports suppoters; Mary Osei Gyambra and Grace Okyere of Die Hard and Vicentia Deku, leader of Accra Hearts of Oak Ladies .

By Sammy Heywood Okine

 

The Ghana Footvolley Association (GFVA), on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 organized the second edition of the Eastern Regional Footvolley Exhibition and Clinic at the Koforidua Secondary Technical (Sec Tech) with the assistance of the schools' PE Teacher Madam Bissi Stella and the Eastern Region President Boakye Acheampong and the Regional Executive.

The competition was categorized into two (Group A and Group B). Group A had participants from the various houses of Koforidua Sec Tech (houses one, two, three and four). Group B was made up of the winner of group A and the teams from Keta, Asuogyaman, New Juaben, Nsawam. 

House one won the first competition which meant they play the Keta team in the final.

The final match was an exciting match between the Keta team and house one. Keta team emerged winners after a cagy encounter. 

The event was educative and entertaining as it featured activities such as, dancing competition, the Footvolley app challenge among the teams. The athletes were awarded certificates for participating.

In line with 3 seconds to 3 years agenda, the President, Mustapha Mohammed together with his executives said they are looking forward to touring the Eastern Region and organize a Footvolley League through this initiative and create their first artificial court in the region. He hopes all schools, media, Ghana will embrace Footvolley.

He said this also geared toward selecting excellent regional and district teams to represent Ghana internationally and making Ghana the office of footvolley in West Africa and Africa at large. He also urged cooperate Ghana to partner with GFVA Association to make this course a success. He said GFVA will be able to smoothly run footvolley in Africa. He also appreciated the Regional Executive for their efforts.

Among the people who graced the occasion were the Regional National Sports Authority Director, Mrs. Gifty Horsu Fianu, New Juaben South Municipal P.E Coordinator  Mr. Kwashie Ahiafour, the General Secretary Samira Mensah who outlined the purpose of the exhibition and encourage all to part take in it.

Source: Ghana Footvolleyball

 

Women in Sports Association (WISA) last Saturday organized their seventh Achievers  Awards ceremony at the the Media Center of the Accra Sports Stadium.

The event which was sponsored by Ghandour Cosmetics saw 48 sports personalities and institutions  being honored  for excelling in various sporting disciplines.

They included sports administrators, journalists, athletes (active and retired)

12 people were given special meritorious awards for their excellence.

President of WISA, Madam Gloria Commodore thanked the sponsors,  Ghandour Cosmetics , AFB Golden Products,  National Sports Authority, Ghana Olympic Committee and SWAG for their contribution to the event.

She said, despite the challenges, the major sponsors assisted in making the event a success. She petitioned NSA to support in future for such programme to aid in sports developments.

Madam Gloria Commodore noted that the programme is to encourage and acknowledge individuals and organisations within the sporting fraternity.

The awardees included the two female athletes who represented Ghana at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Mackorley sisters who are members of the Golden Rackets and three female boxers. 

President of the WOSPAG, Mrs. Joyce Mahama urged women to vie for higher positions within the industry. She added that if all women come unto the platform, they will have the voice to speak against the abuse and surge forward.

Mrs., Vivian Dougblor, Director of Sports (Development) who represented the Director General of the National Sports Authority, Prof Peter Twumasi, extended her greetings and commended the organizers as well as the awardees.

She assured WISA of the Authority’s constant partnership with them. She again assured them of policies that will raise women in sports development and promotion.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

Mrs. Abigail McKorley, wife of Dr. Daniel McKorley, Chief Executive Officer of McDan Shipping has advised parents to support their children to involve themselves in sporting activities.

Speaking at the 7th WISA Achievers Awards sponsored by Ghandour Cosmetics, the tennis enthusiast whose two daughters play tennis, and were among the 48 personalities and institutions rewarded said parents have to identify the likes of their children and support them to develop with the help of teachers and coaches.

Mrs. Abigail McKorley who is also CEO of Beebies Events commended the president and executives of WISA for motivating sports women and hinted that  rewards inspire people to give off their best performance .

Naa Anyema and Naa Shika Mckorley, both national tennis players revealed they play for fun and fitness.

They are preparing to engage in international matches.

Madam Gloria Commodore, president of WISA pleaded with the sports authorities to support WISA programmes and activities. She thanked the NSA, SWAG and GOC for their backing.

A representative of Ghandour Cosmetics, Mame Efua said they are proud to sponsor the WISA Achievers Awards, and congratulated all the winners.

Chairperson of the Women’s Commission of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Madam Elizabeth King who graced the occasion said there are many opportunities in sports and urged more girls to take part in sports.

President of the Women Sports Association of Ghana (WOSPAG), Mrs. Joyce Mahama also advised women to take up leadership positions in sports administration.

Naa Yaoley Atsiabroni 1, Nii Koi Tsuru man Manhean (Adjen Kotoku) Manye, formerly known as Yarkor Chavez, Ghana’s premier female boxer said sports can take people to places, but they must be guided by discipline, dedication and determination to succeed.

Vivian Dougblor, who represented the NSA pledged to support WISA to cushion  their financial burden.

The award winners were delighted and thanked WISA for the recognition.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

Abrepo were declared winners of the 2021 MTN Ashantifest Cup champions after beating Kotei Deduako 5-4 on penalties last Saturday at the Paa Joe Stadium at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology [KNUST], Kumasi.

At the end of 90 minutes play without a goal, the two side had to settle on penalties which Abrepo won.

The Abrepo team received a cash prize of GHC20, 000 plus a giant trophy as well as medals from telecommunication giant – MTN Ghana.

Kotei Deduako were also rewarded with a cash prize of GHC10, 000 and medals as runners up.

Eight teams from across Kumasi, the Garden City of Ghana participated in the community football championship which was organized as part of the 2021 Ashantifest.

The communities included; Kotei Deduako, Fante New Town, Asafo , Tech, Bantama, Dichemso, Asokore Mampong, and Abrepo.

Abrepo also took the Most Valuable Player, Goal King, and the Fair Play Award.

The 2021 edition of the Ashantifest coincides with the 25th anniversary of MTN Ghana. In view of that the company has pledged to invest an amount of 207 million dollars to enhance its operations across the country.

Meanwhile, a golf event has been scheduled for Saturday to climax the sporting events of the 2021 Ashantifest.

From Sammy Heywood Okine

 

The Patrons, Executive Board and members of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) has expressed profound gratitude to all stakeholders in the sporting industry as they mark five years of their acceptance into Ghana’s sports fraternity.

GAF was endorsed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports was inaugurated as the 40th Federation by the National Sports Authority in September 2017 and has encouraged Participation in 10 regions, trained Continental Referees and Coaches, Produced Champions and Administrators, Hosted Events, Built Brands and continue to make Armwrestling the sport of Choice.

In a short message from the Founder and President, Charles Osei Asibey, he thanked the Pullers, Board Members, partners from the Media, Corporate Institutions especially Kofikrom Pharmacy and Accra Brewery, National Sports Authority, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Federation Heads and all who have encouraged them over the period.

Since coming into the sporting scene, Ghana can boost of the only female senior referee in Africa Police Officer Alberta Boatemaa Ampomah, Director of Training in Africa Husseini Akueteh Addy, the Chairman of the Media Committee Mr. Ken Odeng Adade, Vice Chairman of the Medical Committee Dr, Prince Pambo, Chairman of the Covid-19 Safety Committee Kofi Addo-Agyekum, a World Junior Referee, the Deputy General Secretary of the Armwrestling Federation of Africa and more from Ghana including a number of referees who serve on the Africa Referees Panel.

The Ghana Armwrestling Federation can proudly boast of 19 products aimed at the development and encouraging participation by many in schools, institutions and the communities. The institution of Armwrestling Clubs, the Athletes Brigade, Coaches Chamber and the Referees Commission with active website and interactive social media platforms also has been a major achievement.

Affiliated to the Ghana Olympic Committee, World and Africa Armwrestling Federations, the national team, The “Golden Arms” have been to all major competitions organized by the international bodies winning a record medal haul of 128 continental medals with 57% being gold medals.

Ghana Armwrestling which is ranked tops on the continent for development and participation at all levels boast of the top athletes and African Champions. Ghana has been very influential on the continent administratively and technically.

Source: Ghana Armwrestling

 

The male and female teams of Giwa-McNeil have been crowned first-ever Origins Cup winners.

The event organised by the Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) saw both champions making it after three-game test matches held at the University of Ghana field, Ajax 1 and Mensah Sarbah field.

Test 3 of the Origins Cup started with an impressive game by the women’s teams of both Safi XIII and Giwa-McNeil. Team Safi, having lost test two to Giwa-McNeil put in their best to outrun their opponents but could not make a try before the end of the game. After a goalless game, Giwa-McNeil took the day winning with more tries out of the three test games.

Captain of the Safi women’s team, Rosemary Sewornu, shared her experience and opinion on the development of the game.

“Origins Cup is one of the best games I have played. The teamwork from both teams was impressive. Rugby league and female contact game are here to stay. Though there is a visible improvement in the gameplay of both teams, there’s more room for improvement.” She said.

Following the women’s game, was a keenly contested game between Safi XIII and GiwaMcNeil XIII. Safi XIII in a quest to revenge after a loss and a draw were unable to hold on to their lead in test three as GiwaMcNeil XIII’s captain gave a quick response in the dying minutes of the game to give them the win.

Hat-trick scorer and captain of GiwaMcNeil XIII expressed his excitement on the team’s win in the Origins Cup.

“It has been an amazing experience from the first match to the last game. We came in motivated and inspired and our game plan paid off, the Safi-XIII gave us a tough time, but we managed to pull through”.

The game ended 18-16 in favour of GiwaMcNeil XIII.

National team coach, Andy Gilvary, was excited to have witnessed in person the final round of the Origins Cup and expressed how difficult it would be to select players into the national team. “It is very exciting watching all these wonderful and skilful players hopefully with enough training we will be champions in Africa”.

To appreciate his contribution to the development of rugby league in Ghana, Remond Safi who was honoured with the Safi XIII team.

“It’s an honour and privilege to have a team named after you, when I was informed about the naming of the team to honour the hard work done over the years developing Ghana rugby league RL, I was speechless and moved by the naming”. Mr Safi shared his thoughts on the Origins Cup which is a pathway to select the national team to play in Middle East African championship; “the origin series has been the highlight of the Ghana RL season. Seeing the top players taking on each other for a spot in the national team, allows a pathway for the local talent to prove themselves for a spot to prepare for international fixtures with Andy Gilvary who is now on the ground in Ghana”.

Aside Mr Safi, Sarah Giwa-McNeil expressed her excitement on how far the rugby league in Ghana has come.

“We continue to be delighted with how well Rugby League is being received in Ghana. Being of mixed Ghanaian and Nigerian parentage, it’s an honour and privilege to see the impact that our sponsorship is having on the game”.

The maiden edition of the Origins Cup started on September 5th, 2021 and ended on September 19, 2021at the Ajax 1 and Mensah Sarbah field respectively.

From Sammy Heywood Okine

 

West Africa’s largest steel producer in Ghana, B5 Plus Limited, has from January to September 2021 swept over 30 top awards as recognition for its outstanding role in socio-economic activities of Ghana – with the latest being adjudged a Hall of Fame Awardee at the 8th Made in Ghana Awards (MIGA) held in Accra recently.

Some of these awards are both local and international and include the African Global Trade and Investment Awards, where he was adjudged Facilitator of Glo-Afric Trade and Investment; The Ghana West Africa Business Excellence Awards, where he was awarded the Outstanding Business Leader; and Manufacturing Category at the Ghana Business Standards Awards. At the National Governance and Business Awards, Mr. Thakwani was awarded in 2 categories, which are Entrepreneur of the Year and Business Personality of the Year.  At the Millennium Excellence Awards, Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility and many more.

In the area of health, B5 Plus Limited has saved many lives by making countless donations of free oxygen to all public and private hospitals in the country.

This initiative, which is still ongoing, has offered beneficiaries huge relief in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Group Chairman of B5 Plus Group, Mukesh V. Thakwani, told the B&FT in an interview that they are excited and proud of the honours, which according to him are keeping them on their toes and making sure they keep delivering the best.

He thanked the various organisers for the continuous support – and his workers, adding that without them it would not have been possible for the company to get to this current stage.

“The awards really make us feel proud that the company is excelling in business; the awards came as a result of dedication and hard work because we keep delivering the best as a onestop shop for steel – and that is the motto of B5 Plus Limited,” he said.

Mr. Thakwani indicated that the company is capable of serving Ghana and the whole West African region at a competitive rate, and therefore government should do away with imported steel on the market, as well as ensure consistent flow of power and water.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

The philosophy of Mr. Mukesh Thakwani, Founder & CEO of B5plus Ltd., is to give back to the society generously by creating ample opportunities for everyone. “There is a direct relationship between the sustainability of business, wellbeing and the development of society. We are committed in giving back to society in order to reciprocate all the care, support and encouragement that has been well received by us.

“Successful people have always felt the urge toward social responsibility to make the world a better place and not just take from it. B5 Plus Limited functions with this principle and never shies away from its responsibility of giving back to society,” he said.

The Charity foundation ‘B5plus care Foundation’ takes care of underprivileged children in Ghana by providing them basic needs, including free education and basic medical care. B5plus Care Foundation organises Blood Donation Camps and free Health checkup campaigns every year.

Education

B5 Plus Limited is also the promoter of DPS School located at Community 25, giving education to locals and some foreign nationals.

1D1F

The company has constructed one of the largest, strategic state of the art steel manufacturing plants in Africa under the One District, One Factory (1D1F) programme at Lakpleku, near Prampram. The plant is in line with government’s vision and mission to promote made in Ghana products.

About B5 Plus

B5 Plus Limited was established two decades ago and has become the leading steel manufacturer, pre-engineering fabrication and trading company in Ghana with a complete range of steel products suitable for construction – from small-scale projects to huge ones like the mining industry, shipping engineering, automobile industry and real estate projects.

About B5 Limited

The company is a certified ISO 9001:2015 in Quality Management Systems (QMS). The steel company was started in 2002 by its founder and CEO, Mukesh Thakwani, with the vision and mission to become the world most recognised steel company through the excellence of its employees, its innovative approach and its overall conduct.

The company’s mission is underpinned by its steadfast commitment to realise high growth in all the spheres it operates in. The indomitable spirit of this steel company stays buoyed up with its focused vision and relentless efforts of its employees, under the astute guidance of Mr Thakwani who has been at the company’s helm from its inception and has carried it forward to its present position of prominence.

With Mr. Thakwani, one of the best entrepreneurial visionaries endowed with an enterprising spirit and the ability to discern future trends, the company has grown by leaps and bounds within a short span of time.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards Association had honoured Mr. Thakwani for his generous contribution toward the country’s socio-economic development.

From Richard Achore

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