“The world will only come to appreciate Africa when we learn to celebrate our own.” These are the words of Managing Director of Bábu Global, Sandra Appiah, the company behind the prestigious Ghana Legacy Honors launching on March 25 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra.
In 2013, Sandra Appiah and partner Isaac Boateng were the first Ghanaians to be featured in Forbes’ “Thirty Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs”, an annual list which profiles exceptional young Entrepreneurs of African descent around the world. Since launching in 2011, their media company Face2face Africa has served as a leading voice for the pan-African generation, helping to change the narrative on Africa in the West.
“The Ghana Legacy Honors is an initiative that is very close and near to our hearts. Ghana, for us, represents the legacy of Africa, and there have been so many people since our independence who have blazed the path for Ghana to be the distinguished nation that it is today. We launched this initiative to help tell the stories of these individuals and inspire the next generation to also become vanguards of Ghana’s legacy.”This year, the Ghana Legacy Awards will honour six distinguished pioneers and trailblazers of African descent, including business magnate Sam Jonah, renowned tech innovator Herman Chinery-Hesse, African human rights and anti-corruption leader Anna Bossman, and distinguished corporate executive Lucy Quist. Two of the honourees, David Adjaye and Ozwald
Ozwald Boateng is a renowned UK-based Fashion designer who has had a transformational impact on mens fashion-wear for almost three (3) decades. He was the first Black designer to open a shop on the popular Savile Row in London, and previously served as Creative Director of Menswear for French fashion house Givenchy.
David Adjaye is currently one of the most sought-after architects in the world, having designed some of the world’s biggest monuments, including the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History, which officially opened last year with a ceremony officiated by president Barack Obama.
“It is very important to celebrate these individuals who have broken glass ceilings and blazed a path for Ghanaians and Africans around the world, and use their stories to inspire the next generation. We’ve been fortunate to meet so many of these people, and through this platform, we hope to expose to the world the talent, creativity, and passion that lives in Ghana.”
The Ghana Legacy Honors will provide the opportunity for these pioneers to invest in the younger generation through various meet and greets, seminars and workshops where they can share their stories and inspire them.
The awards gala is taking place this Saturday at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. Top local and international business leaders as well as Ghanaian and African dignitaries are expected to attend.