Summary profile of ‘Forty under40’ award nominees
About 120 Ghanaian professionals have made their way to the list of nominees for this year’s Forty under40 Awards. The event scheduled for October 8, 2021 in Accra would honour 40 young and influential individuals who have demonstrated excellence in various fields.
Organisers say the award, among other objectives, is to build a “positive attitude in the youth to strive for excellence at a tender age.” In this edition, we put together a summary profile of six nominees from some of the categories as we await the announcement of the winners in a few weeks from today.
Notable among them are Mrs. Mame Dufie Achampong-Kyei Obeng, Managing Director of Glico Life, Mr. Romeo Richlove Kweku Seshie, CEO, Quick Credit & Investment Micro-Credit Ltd, Mr. Ebenezer Arthur, Chief Operating Officer of Wangara Green Ventures.
Mame Dufie Achampong-Kyei Obeng (Mrs)
She was appointed Managing Director of Glico Life in 2019. Prior to her appointment, she was Executive Director/Chief Technical Operations Officer of the Company.
Before joining GLICO Life, she was the Assistant General Manager in-Charge of Risk Operations for GLICO General and later the Group Head, Enterprise Risk for GLICO Group.
She is a Chartered Insurer and an Associate member of the Chartered Insurance Institute (UK). She has over seven years work experience in the insurance industry. She has worked in different capacities at GLICO including being a Marketing Executive, Underwriting Officer, Claims Officer and a Management trainee.
Mrs. Obeng holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with Economics and Marketing from Aston University (UK) and a Master of Science degree in Insurance and Risk Management from Cass Business School (UK).
After obtaining her Master of Science degree in Insurance and Risk Management, she established and headed the Enterprise Risk Management Department of GLICO and worked to significantly improve the Company’s risk management system.
Mr. Richard Addison
Mr. Richard Addison is listed in the Agro-Processing category. He is a farmer passionate about youth and community development. His 50-acre rice farm in the Sharma District employs over 100 locals in land preparation, planting, harvesting, milling, and transporting of the produce to the market.
He and his team are focused on producing Ghanaian staples in large quantities to reduce the importation of food crops in the country. He encourages the youth to venture into agriculture and he processes local rice from Kent Farms for everyday use together with his business partner, Trigmatic.
Ms. Israella Kafui Mansu
Ms. Israella Kafui Mansu is a nominee in Beauty and Lifestyle category. She started Mansuki Ghana Limited with the brand name MGL Naturals in 2009.
The company produces healthy skin and hair care products using local raw products such as shea butter and cocoa. With almost 12 years experience in the industry, the company has been able to make inroads on local and international natural cosmetics markets.
Ms. Mansu and her company continue to create sustainable income generating activities for many in the production, administration, marketing, sales, retail, and wholesale sectors and currently has 43 direct employees.
Mr. Romeo Richlove Kweku Seshie
The Banking and Finance category has Mr. Romeo Richlove Kweku Seshie. The CEO of Quick Credit & Investment Micro-Credit LTD is an astute Finance Management professional with over 10 years experience.
He has played a key role in preparing and implementing senior management strategic plans. He has led the company which has over 70,000 customers and employed over 40 call centre executives.
Under his leadership, the company won the outstanding SME Company of the year at the 2021 Ghana West Africa Business Excellence Awards.
Mr. Terry Mante
Mr. Terry Mante is listed in the Authorship and Creative Writing category.
He holds Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Sociology at the University of Ghana and did Master of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management at Central University, Accra.
He has 300 articles published in newspaper columns over the years consistently inspired and challenged readers through his writings. He touches on a wide range of subjects including entrepreneurship, career, leadership, governance, among others.
He speaks at personal development seminars and hosts events through his organisations, Personal Development Network (PEDNET), Terry Mante Exchange, and The Accra Hub and his works continue to inspire many young men and women across the country.
Mr. Ebenezer Arthur
Mr. Ebenezer Arthur is the Chief Operating Officer of Wangara Green Ventures. He sits on the advisory boards of other Investment companies and businesses and continues to impact lives through the businesses that he supports.
His two businesses, Wangara Green Ventures and Innohub, have supported many start-ups and provided opportunities for start-up to access funding to sustain their operations.
His work within the Social and Financial Investment space has directly impacted the lives and livelihoods of many young people.
By Spectator Reporter