I first heard about Ghanaian powerhouse, Dentaa when I was told about GUBA. Being a creative is one thing; going further than just presenting a live or pre-recorded show, acting, directing or anything else – to actually breaking barriers and creating new frontiers? That is … major!
After chilling and watching her for a couple of years, you don’t want to know what I did, when she said “Yes” to a laid-back Q&A with the Fearless Storyteller …
Name: Dentaa Amoateng
Best Known For: The Dentaa Show, GUBA Awards, GUBA Foundation, GUBA Expo, GUBA Careers Fair and GUBA Enterprise.
Website: www.gubaawards.co.uk and www.gubafoundation.org
Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, positive and dedicated.
12-month goal: To facilitate and provide a platform for small and medium-sized African businesses, to promote and sell their products and services. Also, to reduce and eventually eradicate infant mortality, starting with Ghana and moving out to the rest of Africa.
Describe your outlook and what makes your work, unique: I am a very positive person, very optimistic about life. I believe that whatever we envision, we can create. All that it takes is self-belief and pragmatism.
Your greatest career achievement to date: Being able to continue with the GUBA vision over the past six years; being able to do everything I commit to (by His grace); meeting and connecting with top influencers and decision-makers, who just inspire me to do more!
On the importance of international appeal: International appeal is important because it helps drive our message further. Especially with the GUBA Expo, the premise is to increase the number of African businesses in the UK and across the world. Business/entrepreneurship is a vital part of improving the African economy, being able to provide our own services and utilise our own resources – these are crucial steps towards facilitating a surge in our economy and culture. So, international appeal spreads the message quicker … garners support and gets people being proactive.
Most important piece of equipment you use in your career: I’d have to say, the internet. Most of our communication, including awareness calls, are done via our website and social media. We are able to inspire and get our message out, no matter where people are based – because we (and they) are on the internet.
A typical day for you is: Attending to my family and handling GUBA-related issues.
What legacy would you like to leave? I would like to see a unified, strong and prosperous Ghana, and ultimately, Africa. I would be very glad to know that my contributions facilitated changes and improvements in that direction.
What is the hardest career decision you’ve ever had to make? Changing the frequency of GUBA awards to every two years, starting from 2017
Most common, yet avoidable mistake you see in younger people in your career: Young people need to know that having experience in something is better than having money. I volunteered my time, doing so many activities, so I could learn and grow. The skills and knowledge you acquire when you volunteer your time are so much more valuable than money for your time. Money you can spend and exhaust; skills and knowledge, stay with you for life.
Single piece of advice you give your mentees: Never ever give up, trust your instincts and believe in yourself.
You live in: London
Favourite food: Bordi with kontomere. In English, that means green plantain with palaver sauce.
Biggest spiritual/life lesson you’ve learned: Prayer is key.
What do you do for leisure? Spending time with my children
One app or piece of technology you cannot do without: Whatsapp!!!!
Your most over-used word/phrase: “Everything is possible!”
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