Awuah Darko, others to be honoured at Eastern Awards

Founder of Vanguard Assurance, the late Nana Awuah-Darko Ampem, would be honoured posthumously with other personalities who have contributed positively to the growth of the Eastern Region in diverse ways.

The Eastern Awards slated for December, 2017 is to honour personalities in various fields including science, entertainment, sports, business, academia, politics, religion, agriculture, energy among others.

The late Awuah-Darko Ampem was the first Ghanaian Captain of the Accra Polo Club as well as an Nkosuohene of Ashanti Juaso.

He first established Marine and General Insurance Brokers in 1969 after returning from his studies and working abroad.

The late Awuah-Ampem was compelled to start Vanguard Assurance in 1975 after a law in 1972 made it obligatory for all government institutions in Ghana to deal directly with State Insurance Company and not through a broker.

Vanguard Group of Companies comprises of Vanguard Assurance Company Limited, Vanguard Life, City Investments Company Limited and Vanguard Properties Limited.

According to Humphrey Tetteh, Chief Executive Officer of the Shem Marketing Services, organizers of the awards, it is to highlight the human and natural resources in the region.

“We believe that the people of the Eastern region have entrepreneurial spirit and we can attract more investors into the region, which is the trust of the awards,” he said.

“Even when we look at those who fought for independence, most of them are from the Eastern region. The Eastern region has over the years contributed a lot to the development of Ghana and those people are those we want to honour and say ‘thank you,’ he added.

He further gave the assurance that the awards would be sustained.

“The eastern region would always have a story to tell to the world. We have too much artistry to showcase and I believe we can have a lot to honour each year,” he said, adding that the awards would even inspire people to do more for the region.

Mr Tetteh disclosed that what was unique about the awards is its intention to honour some JHS and SHS students from the region who would excel in a particular year.

“This shows how serious we are to promote education in the region,” he added.

He said the awards would cut across all tribes in the region and would be open and transparent.

The awards, which would be the first of its kind in the region has Osabarima Danso Abeam Ofori-Nkronsohene; Kwame Akuffo Anoff-Ntow-Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation; Ransford Tetteh-Editor of the Daily Graphic; Stephen Sedofu-Director of the Eastern Regional Centre for National Culture and Nana Boatemaa Korama-Dampong as members of the board of trustees.

Source: Joseph Dwamena

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