Biography

Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) - June 2016

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Dentaa was honoured to have been awarded an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen on the ocassion of the Queen's 90th birthday.

An MBE is awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community. An MBE is also awarded for local ‘hands-on’ service which stands out as an example to other people.

Having worked tirelessly for years to promote trade and cultural synergy between the United Kingdom and Africa, Dentaa's services to UK-African diaspora relations was acknolwedged in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2016. 

Dentaa expressed her gratitude to God, her family, and her team on this historic achievement.


BE Mogul Award - February 2015 

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Dentaa won the Black Enterprise (BE) Mogul Award. She was presented her award at an exclusive ceremony at the Bellerive House, London, which was attended by trailblazing individuals in the Afro-Caribbean community in the UK.

The BE Mogul is the first of a new annual publication that celebrates and recognises most influential and inspirational black business owners in Britain today.

Dentaa was recognised for her outstanding entrepreneurial skills and her consistent contribution to business development in the UK.

In her acceptance speech, she expressed her gratitutde for the award, pointing out that the journey to success wasn't always smooth, but with faith, motivation, and strong influences around her, the end results will invariably be great.


 

British Award For African Development - December 2015 

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The GUBA Awards won a British Award for African Development (BRAAD) in recognition of its outstanding achievement in community and social development. Dentaa accepted the award at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.

The award which seeks to acknowledge the efforts of non-governmental organisations actively working to promote business and stability in Africa, was awarded to the GUBA Awards for its efforts in bridging the gap between the UK and Ghana through community and social development.

Dentaa said that it was an honour to receive such an amazing award. She emphasised that, since its inception, GUBA had been dedicated to improving the African continent and that the award further proves that GUBA has to continue to be steadfast in its quest to improve the continent. 

She expressed her gratitude for receiving the award on behalf of all her teams.


Young Professional Role Model Awards - October 2015 

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Dentaa was honoured as the Young Professional Role Model in Business by the Young Professionals and Youth Coalition (YPYC) in Accra. The awards seek to nurture new leaders to propel the socio-economic transformation in Ghana and other countries on the continent.

She was praised for her business innovation and creativity, and was praised for her work in organising the GUBA Awards through which many drew lessons and inspiration.

In acceptance of her award, Dentaa stated that GUBA always strives to inspire the younger generation for success, out of the love for Ghana. She express her pride at being honoured.


 

Best Event Organiser at Women for Africa Awards - May 2014 

EventAwardDentaa was adjudged the event organizer of the year at the third Women for Africa (WfA) Awards held in London over the weekend. The WfA Awards is aimed at awarding women who have distinguished themselves in various areas in life and was put together by Women4Africa a UK based organization focused on celebrating and empowering Africa and its women.

Speaking after picking the award, Dentaa expressed her surprise and delight at winningand attributed the success of the GUBA Awards to the months of planning, dedication and effort that the entire GUBA team puts into keeping the organisation running, and the event a success.

She added that being nominated was an achievement in itself. GUBA saw off competition from other five organisations who were also nominated for the award.


International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Excellence Award - July 2013

CSRThe Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards was awarded a Silver Awards at the International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Excellence Award, held on the HMS Belfast on the 29th July 2013 in London.

Following the success, GUBA’s remarkable achievement was published in the Global Guide to CSR Best Practice - the leading international work of reference on corporate social responsibility.

Speaking of GUBA's aims, Dentaa said that the organisation is focused on making an impact within the African community by supporting and encouraging growth in business, education, sports and entertainment. She added that it was an honour for an organisation that awards others for their excellence to itself be recognised as being excellent at what it does, concluding that "this only encourages GUBA to continue its good works.”


Most Innovative African Woman in Europe Award - June 2013

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Dentaa won the Most Innovative African Woman at the African Women in Europe Awards. The prestigious event acknowledges and rewards influential African women in Europe. Dentaa stood out amongst a pool of prestigious fellow nominees which included Justina Mutale, Priscilla Musonda and Lydia Kemunto Cutler.

Dentaa’s accomplishments to date, especially through GUBA, played a vital part in her nomination and win. Her strong involvement within the Ghanaian community and her call for the development of Ghana were factors behind her being honoured. Through the call for development, the GUBA Awards was setup as a platform to highlight Ghanaian talent and to recognise members of the community that have impacted on the overall development and elevation of Ghana, especially within the United Kingdom.


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08/03/2016 | BBC Sportshour

"I think that the campaign that Sport England are doing around the body image of young people is fantastic, but we've got a long way to go."

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On International Women's Day, Dentaa joined Gee Purdy, an English rower, and former professional tennis player Ingrid Bentzer to discuss issues surrounding body image in female sport. This episode of Sportshour was transmitted on BBC World Service.


 

22/10/2015 | Invest in Ghana 2015

"The event brought together market-movers who have the capacity and experience to develop mega projects and public sector initiatives across the continent"

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Dentaa chaired the Industry and Skills Development panel at the GIPC-Homestrings Invest in Ghana 2015 conference, which was attended by H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana. Sitting on the panel was: H.E. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister for Labour and Employment, Republic of Ghana; Lexy Owusu-Boahene, Managing Director, LX HR Solutions; Nana Appiagyei Dankawoso, President, Ghana Chamber of Commerce.


 

25/06/2015 | Gender and Entrepreneurship

"My vision and the way I value my time [as a woman entrepreneur] may be different"

 

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Dentaa sat on a panel alongside Dr Kerry Murphy Healey, President of Babson College was chair with panellists, Dr Susan Liautaud, and Professor Ute Stephan. The event, held at the London School of Economics, focused on the question of whether women entrepreneurs undervalue themselves, and was organised as part of the university's entrepreneurship initiative.


 

27/02/2015 | Making The Case For Africa

"We must encourage the best minds to return home"

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Dentaa spoke at the Ghana High Commission, London, at this event which highlighted the current economic progress being made in West Africa, with a particular highlight on Ghana. It also spotlighted the employment opportunities available to young African professionals and graduates across various sectors, and encouraged those interested to explore moving back to the aid the region's development and pursue personal and career growth. Dentaa sat on the panel alongside H.E. Mr Victor Smith, Ghana High Commisioner to the UK and Northern Ireland, Jennifer Williams-Baffoe, and Sylvia Aboa-Bradwell.


 

04/04/2014 | LSE Africa Summit

"We have great people in our nations that can move Africa forward"

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Dentaa was a panellist on the roundtable discussion on 'Emerging Trends in African Entrepreneurship' at the LSE Africa Summit. She sat on a panel alongside Max Bankole Jarrett, David Campbell, and her country-mate, Herman Kojo Chinerry-Hesse. Richard Dowden chaired.


 

14/10/2013 | Channel 4 News

"If Mo Farah hadn't come from Somalia, would he be raising the flag for Great Britain now?"

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Dentaa was invited on to Channel 4 News to discuss the positive impact immigrants have had in the UK, amidst wider concern about immigrants coming to the UK to benefit from its welfare system. She was joined in the studio by Roland Rudd, the founding Chairman of Business for New Europe.


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Dentaa Amoateng MBE, better known simply as 'Dentaa', is an award-winning British-Ghanaian entrepreneur, actress, TV presenter, singer, producer and manager.

Dentaa-baby-smallDentaa was born in Juaso, Ghana, and moved with her family to the UK aged five. Her family settled in east London, and she attended school at Walthamstow School for Girls and Leyton Sixth Form College. During these years, her love for performing arts emerged, and she performed in various school plays and talent shows to compliment the qualifications she was studying for.

As an actress she appeared in major British TV shows including EastEnders and Holby City before moving into presenting, hosting television programmes on British and Ghanaian TV including The Dentaa Show and reality TV music competition Mentor IV.

She also had a brief career as a singer, releasing a gospel album in 2005 Wu Ye Nyame.

Dentaa is a prominent advocate for the Ghanaian community. In 2009 she founded the GUBA (Ghanaian UK Based Achievements) Awards, which recognises the achievements of individuals and organisations 'positively contributing to the Ghanaian community in the UK or Ghana'. 

Dentaa at GUBA launch

In 2011, she was named in The Future 100 Awards as a Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year for her work with GUBA.

In June 2013, Dentaa was announced as the winner of the annual African Women in Europe (AWE) Award for her work in promoting Ghanaian achievement in the UK and for her charity work. Organisers described her as an 'icon and role model to all African women living and working in Europe'.

In June 2016, Dentaa was honoured to have been awarded an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen for her services to UK-African diaspora relations.

Dentaa is currently based in London, England, and spends much of the year overseeing various projects in Ghana.

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