Kwame Osei Despite

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Kwame Osei Despite
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Born
Kwame Despite

(1962-02-02) February 2, 1962 (age 59)
Agona Wiamoase
CitizenshipGhana
Occupation
  • Businessman
  • Entrepreneur
Organization
  • Despite Media Group
  • Despite Group of Companies

Kwame Osei Despite (born 2 February 1962) is a Ghanaian businessman and entrepreneur.[1][2][3][4] He is the CEO of the Despite Media Group.[5][6] He is also the Chief Executive of Despite Group of Companies.[7][8]

Early life

He was born in Agona Wiamoase in the Ashanti region of Ghana. He started life as a trader who sold music cassettes, feeding bottles, padlocks and other goods at Dunkwa-Offinso in the Central Region of Ghana. After many years of struggle to make it in life in the village, he migrated to Lagos, Nigeria with his colleagues to search for greener pastures.[9][3][2][7]

Career

In 1983 after returning to Ghana with other Ghanaians, who had fled from Nigeria because of the political tension in the country. He came with one chain-saw machine but the machine was crushed by a falling tree on his first business trip. He later started selling cassettes until he diversified his business. He demonstrated his support for the local music industry which was formally in declined. He put Ghanaian culture when he went into radio and created Peace FM. The radio station used the Akan language which worked, as radio listeners preferred listening to the 104.3 frequency than those who were broadcasting only in the Queen's language.[2]

Companies

These companies are all members of the Despite Group of Companies that were incorporated including:

  • U2 Company Limited
  • Neat Foods Company Limited (produces and markets NEAT Abekwan, NEAT Banku, NEAT Fufu, NEAT Hausa Koko, NEAT Diary Products;
  • United Television
  • Okay FM
  • Peace FM
  • Neat FM
  • Hello FM
  • Despite Stores [9][3][2][8]
  • Best Point Savings and Loans (Finance)
  • Special Mineral Water (Food and Beverages)
  • Atona Foods (Makers of This Way Chocolate Drink and This Way Motherlac and other products)
  • Farming and Building Construction businesses[1]

Awards

He had an honorary award degree award from a British University. He had this degree based on his entrepreneurship efforts and not based on any academic effort.[2][3]

He was recently adjudged the Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the Ghana Business Awards[5]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Despite Group of Companies". ghana.mom-rsf.org. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Kwame Despite Osei,". mobile.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "The Biography Of Osei Kwame Despite And How He Moved From Grass To Grace (With Pictures)". GhLinks.com.gh™. 2018-10-13. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  4. "Dr. Kwame Osei Despite's Luxury Mansion And Cars | PHOTOS". TMGHLive. 2019-02-03. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Online, Peace FM. "Dr Osei Kwame & Despite Media Group Bag Honours At Ghana Business Awards". www.peacefmonline.com. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  6. "Desist from Ghana politics — Osei Kwame Despite told". The Independent Ghana. 2020-01-20. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "3 secrets of Kwame Despite that must inspire every young entrepreneur". www.myjoyonline.com. 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "From a Cassette Seller to a Media Mogul: The Success Story of Kwame Despite". Ghana Talks Business. 2018-09-02. Retrieved 2020-02-02.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kusi, Toni (2018-01-17). "The Biography Of Osei Kwame Despite And How He Moved From Grass To Grace (With Pictures) » GhPage". GhPage. Retrieved 2020-02-02.

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