The 2021 edition of the Annual Ghana-UK Base Achievements Awards, Grow-Unite-Build-Africa (GUBA Awards) was held last night at the Dome, inside Accra International Conference Center. This year’s edition was the first time the event was held in Ghana and Africa and the first time been held outside Europe since its inception.
The event was held under the theme, “Celebrating a symbol of Courage and Resilience; Yaa Asantewaa, a Century of Undisputable Legacy”.
GUBA Awards 2021 was held to commemorate the centenary of the death of Nana Yaa Asantewaa and honor women of African origin whose courage and resilience have shaped and positioned Africa well in modern society.
The event featured the Grammy awards winner, singer, and songwriter, Angelique Kidjo.
In attendance were several high-profile personalities in Ghana and from the diaspora. The plethora of dignitaries and personalities, who graced the occasion, reflects the shift from an event celebrating the Ghanaian diaspora to a truly Pan-African occasion.
Artists who performed at the event last night include; Grammy award-winner, Angelique Kidjo, Ghanaian songstresses Efya, Irene Logan, and Zimbabwe-based Hope Masike.
This year marks the centenary of the death of Yaa Asantewaa, an Asante Queen Mother and the last African woman to lead a major war against colonial powers in 1900, where she played the role of the Commander-in-Chief of the powerful Asante Empire. After the war, Yaa Asantewaa was captured and taken to Seychelles in exile, where she lived until her demise on October 21, 1921. This year marks exactly 100 years of her transition. As a result of the theme this year, the event was endorsed by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll.
While celebrating the contribution of Black women, the event was also used to raise awareness on maternal mortality and called for measures to ensure safe child delivery across the continent.
The Founder of GUBA Awards, Akosua Dentaa Amoateng MBE, thanked the Asante Monarch for his massive endorsement of the program.
“The role of women in this pandemic throughout Africa and the world at large, has been unprecedented; most took up the mantle of leadership, and with courage and resilience, helped to steer the world back onto the path of progress” She added.
Source: Opemsuo.com\ Emmanuel Owusu Anti.