• Cultural diplomat
  • Media personality
  • Humanitarian
  • Sports marketing consultant
  • Family woman

"Culture is the fuel that drives my business"

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Dentaa is widely recognised as a leader in cultural diplomacy. Over the years, through her own endeavours and through strategic collaborations, she has created and buttressed bonds between Ghana and the United Kingdom. The GUBA Awards, established in 2008, are a prime example of Dentaa's work in celebrating Ghanaian and African achievement outside of the continent. She has managed to bring Ghanaian brands and products to new audiences. She has also been instrumental in helping Ghanaian sportsmen, musicians and actors crossover into European markets.

Her motivation for doing this is pride in where she comes from and her belief that she owes much of who she is today to the culture in which she was raised. She believes that Ghanaian culture is something that should be embraced and shared with the world, and that knowledge of Ghana's history and culture has instilled within her a strong sense of pride and determination.

"Africa faces challenges in the way that it is portrayed in the media. I've made it my mission to demonstrate that there is so much more to Africa than tales of poverty, hunger, disease, war, and corruption."

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Dentaa is no stranger to a TV studio, having been a TV presenter in her native Ghana. She is best known to Ghanaian TV audiences for her appearances on Mentor (a music-based reality TV show), and the self-titled The Dentaa Show.

However, Dentaa is aware that those with real influence in broadcasting work behind the camera. Dentaa herself has worked on both sides of the camera, producing and presenting Dinner With Dentaa. However, her true interest in media lies in how channels of communications can be used to better inform people of the stories that can shape our understanding of the political and economic development of the world in which we live. 

She is also a mouthpiece for the Africa that many in the West would struggle to recognise. Decades of negative reporting of Africa has resulted in a deeply-ingrained perception that Africa is a continent of poverty, hunger, disease, wars, corruption, and poor political leadership. Dentaa routinely shares her experiences of working in Africa and working with Africans to paint a picture of hope, innovation, hustle, achievement, inspiration, and beauty.

Dentaa also believe that the media has a responsibility to inform and educate audiences about health challenges. 

 

"Education has a multiplier effect on a society"

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Dentaa is a firm believer in empowering future generations through providing access to quality education. Giving young people a better understanding of the world that they live in, and socio-political dynamics that underpin most of what goes on in the world, will give young people a stronger sense of where they can fit in into this world, and how they can change the way things are for the better. 

Dentaa has travelled widely and has experienced both abject poverty and lavish opulence, and has concluded that most people don't necessarily want huge mansions, fast cars, and private yachts; they just want a better and more secure life for themselves and their loved ones. A good education enables people to make informed independent decisions, empowering them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to allow them to earn a better living, contribute to the advancement of their communities, and provide a better life for those they love dearest. It is one of the most effective ways to halt the vicious cycle of poverty. 

Whilst working on the GUBA Awards, which celebrates the outstanding achievers of Ghanaian heritage, Dentaa realised that although there is plenty to celebrate, there were also many needs within the community that were in need of tackling, be them related to education or poverty, health or disability.

To help address these challeneges, she created the GUBA Foundation, the charitable branch of GUBA, whose present focus is infant mortality, having previous focused on autism.

"I believe that, through sport, we are united"

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Dentaa believes that 'everyone has God-given gifts, whether they lend themselves to becoming a lawyer, doctor, model or an athlete'. If the resources and opportunities to develop, employ, and share one's gifts for the common good are available, she believe that positive social change will inevitably follow.

Through her work and travels, she has observed that nothing has the ability to unite often disparate groups behind a common cause quite like sport can. The world's biggest sporting event - the FIFA World Cup in Brazil - took place in 2014. Dentaa was there and noted how Brazil used the limelight that hosting a major sporting event brings to show off elements of its national culture. Whilst the funding of the tournament may have caused divisions amongst the population, what stuck with Dentaa was how the tournament attracted the attention of hundreds of millions of people from different cultures, who were able to proudly embrace their national differences whilst uniting through a mutual love for the beautiful game.

Sport has always had immense power to influence society. Who could overlook the statements sportsmen like Jesse Owens and Mohammed Ali made, using the platforms that sport provided them? As a healthcare professional, Dentaa acknowledges that sport improves our physical quality of life, but it also has the potential to bring pride in one's culture to life in a positive way.

"No matter what happens, I know I will always have a solid rock"

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Dentaa's family is extremely important to her; she knows that she can always rely on them. She counts them as her biggest supporters and her guidance. She has special praise for her partner whom she regards as her 'backbone' for giving her me the vision and support needed to follow her ambitions. Speaking of him, she says "No matter what happens throughout my life or what challenges I face, I know that I will always have a solid rock."

Dentaa has three young children and says that they are the best motivation she could possibly have to do all that she can to create a better world for them to grow up in.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
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On Saturday 28th October 2017, in the State Banquet Hall of Ghana-Accra, I was extremely proud, humbled and privileged to be present in Ghana to receive the honour of an African International Citizen Award at the Ghana Peace Awards!

This award was granted in recognition of my extraordinary and outstanding achievements, as a symbol of merit for my services to Ghana and Africa – and a celebration of my focus and tireless drive to enrich the African community in the UK with the aim of empowerment and growth.

I am very happy to receive this award because I live my life with a deep passion to be in service to others, and it is always humbling to be in a position where you find your efforts and hard work has been recognised, celebrated and acknowledged! I must thank the Ghana Peace Awards for granting me this honour of such a prestigious nomination and the consequent receipt of this awe-inspiring award – I will be forever grateful.

Every time I receive an acknowledgement I remain overwhelmed by feelings of joy and gladness, with every award feeling as if it’s my first. As with all my awards, every time I step onto a stage to receive an honour, I know I am never walking alone – for I am but a representative of a behemoth, an assembly of the brightest and most beautiful minds who form GUBA Enterprise. My success is our success; this award recognises the hard work and toil of the group.

As always, the receipt of an accolade such as this is not taken as a full-stop or a resting station, but it rather adds fuel to the raging flame in my engine – driving me faster and more powerfully to the next job, next mission, next great responsibility. Every single day is a blessing, an opportunity to do better and be better. So while this award will trigger a smile, and a warmness of the heart, it will also serve to sharpen my mind and resolve to help me strive to make even more of an impact in the lives of my people, my generation and the world-at-large!

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Monday, 17 October 2016
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On Sunday the 16th of October 2016, I was adjudged the Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the Enterprise Minds Awards, and I am elated!

The award comes as an acknowledgement of the contribution of the GUBA Enterprise towards the social and economic advancement of the black community in the UK.

I am very humbled by this award for a number of reasons. I started GUBA as a platform to uplift the local trailblazers I was exposed to, to give them a platform for their efforts to be recognised. It was a simple platform to inspire others.

Looking at what GUBA is now- five years later, leaves me stunned.

It has expanded from an awarding body and branched into various sectors. GUBA Enterprise now positively contributes towards social issues within the African community in the UK and continues to call for the advancement of Africans worldwide. GUBA has certainly exceeded my expectations.

I can’t help but think ‘What would have happened had I not followed and worked on this dream?

Sometimes we ignore or postpone our dreams due to fear. We make excuses so as not to pursue our purpose. We need to ask ourselves, ‘What greatness lies at the end of my dreams?

How will pursuing my purpose enhance the lives of many? The answer to these questions become clear once we take that brave step towards our dreams. I can guarantee that there will be greatness because, to follow in the path of your dreams is to walk in greatness.

This award is a reminder to positively continue on the path I have chosen to take. My gratitude goes out to all those that have helped, supported and continue to support all of our endeavours.

This awards also serves as a prelude to my MBE awarding ceremony which is in a few weeks! I am truly blessed and appreciative of all the accolades that I have received and will receive in the near future.

PS: I will try not to cry at the ceremony (we all know what my crying face looks like!)

Dentaa with Enterprise Minds award