Multiple-award winning Chief Executive officer of Rigworld International Services, Dr Kofi Amoa-Abban has received the GUBA Black Star award for Young Oil and Gas Entrepreneur at the 2017 GUBA Awards held on Saturday.
The decision to award Dr Amoa-Abban was announced in May in a statement by GUBA, and the young entrepreneur is pleased that he has received such high recognition.
Dr Amoa-Abban is the founder and CEO of Rigworld International Services, a leading oil services business with operations across West Africa. RigWorld has five wholly owned subsidiary businesses namely; Trans-Atlantic Services limited, Rigworld Training Center (Opito), Rigworld NDT & inspection, Burj construction, Rigworld Security Services and M2 Telematics.
Rigworld International Services also owns a charity arm, The Kofi Abban Foundation which is the main vehicle for Dr Abban’s philanthropy. The Foundation is a charitable trust which provides funding and donations to churches, orphanages, and schools in deprived communities in Ghana.
Dr Abban, prior to this nomination, received the award for the Most Extraordinary Entrepreneur at 2016 Tema Excellence Awards, the Rising Star at the 2016 Exclusive Men of the Year awards (EMY) and CEO of the Year award and the Oil and Gas Personality of the year Award at the 2016 Oil and Gas Ghana Awards.
The awards event was attended by many distinguished guest including the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Hon. Catherine Afeku; Deputy Chief of Staff to the President and Political Assistant (Ghana), Francis Asenso-Boakye; MP Dianne Abbott; Eugene Akwasi–Ayisi, Labour Party Cabinet Member Communities Haringey; GUBA Patron and Actor- Hugh Quarshie , Rahul Gopinath, Regional Director for AfricaECOM Agroindustrial Corp; Iain Walker – New British High Commissioner to Ghana and X-factor finalists Reggie N Bollie, among others.
A solidarity message from the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo was delivered personally in a video. He said he has been keenly observing the impact of GUBA and commended them for their effort to inspire and celebrate Ghanaian acheivers.
“I have been a keen follower of the activities of GUBA and I must say they have done a brilliant job especially in helping to consolidate the economic, social and tourism link between the UK and Ghana. We should all stand ready to support GUBA. The cooperation between public and private sector players will only help to steer on Ghana’s development as we seek to create wealth, prosperity and jobs for our people,” the President said.
Dr Abban, together with twelve other outstanding Ghanaians, received awards at the ceremony in London.
Below is the full list of winners:
Ghanaian Alumni Award – Holy Child Past Students Association (HOPSA)
Charity of the Year Award – Action Through Enterprise (ATE)
Professional of the Year Award – Joshua Siaw
Made in Ghana Award – Peini Skincare
Efie Ne Fie Award – Vanetta & Vemilleon Ackah – Kiddie Garden Nursery International
Business Start-up of the Year – Purete Nature
GUBA Black Star Awardees
Maidie Arkutu – Female Influential Leader Apostle
Kwadwo Safo – Innovative Pioneer
Anas Aremeyaw Anas – Exceptional Journalist
Michael K. Obeng – Humanitarian Spirit
Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom – Excellence in Business, Ghana
Mr & Mrs Mensah (Uncle John’s Bakery) – Enterprising Business Award
Kwaku Oteng – Outstanding Industrialist
Dr Kofi Amoa-Abban – Young Oil & Gas Entrepreneur
Kelvin Doe – Young African Innovator
Dr Nii Dzani – Influential Economist
Dr Jason Sarfo-Annin – Student Achiever of the Year
Mrs Ivy Manly-Spain – Female Excellence in Oil and Gas Award
Chris Hughton – Outstanding Achievement Award