Theologian, philanthropist, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Pastor Mensa Otabil, has been named eTV’s Ghana’s most influential individual for 2014.
The founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) and Chancellor of the Central University College was nominated among other personalities who, in no small ways, have worked in changing the fabric of Ghana and beyond.
The event, which is in its fifth year, also had the New Patriotic Party’s flagbearer for the 2016 elections, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, emerging as Ghana’s second most influential person, with Martin Amidu taking the third most influential Ghanaian position.
Bola Ray, Ace Ankomah, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, Daddy Lumba, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Osei Kwame Despite took the fourth to tenth positions respectively on the list of the 100 most influential persons in Ghana.
John Osei Tutu Agyeman, General Manager of eTV Ghana, extended his profound gratitude to all the nominees for their unflinching drive to change the society and make the nation great and strong in the midst of all the challenges.
He said, ‘We applaud you and honour you and hope that these laurels will not only set you apart but will enable you to bridge the gap between hope and change all in respect of a truly beautiful Ghana.’
He said the network was positioning itself in readiness for digital television migration.
‘Our journey to become a leading media brand ties beautifully with the various journeys you have all undertaken,’ he added.
Boniface Mwangi, award-winning Kenyan photo journalist and political activist, delivering his guest speaker’s address, said the nominees remained the hope of Africa.
He said it was time Africa went back for the cultural values that once thought its citizens the principles of living honourable lives.
‘The fight in Africa has changed from the physical to mental and we need to win the hearts and minds of people and change their attitudes,’ he said.
Edward Boateng, Chief Executive of Global Media Alliance, said when individuals unite for a common good, issues of corruption in Africa can be solved.
Citing the example of how Africans came together to fight Ebola, Mr Boateng said Africans can fight corruption if they put their hands to it.
‘We owe ourselves a duty to make a difference,’ he said.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri
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