The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asante Kotoko Dr Kwame Kyei has been awarded an Honorary Professorship degree by the Alfred Nobel University of Ukraine.
The degree, was conferred on Dr Kyei, who is also CEO of Unity Group of Companies, on Saturday, August 4, 2018, inside the Auditorium of the Bank of Ghana, at the University of Ghana (UG), Legon, in honour of his selfless contributions towards women empowerment and fight against poverty in Ghana and across Africa.
The award is the first of its kind to be presented to a Black person on the African soil and was accordingly under the auspices of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education.
It was presented to the renowned businessman and philanthropist by Professor Eugene Cronoff, Dean of Research and Development of the Alfred Nobel University.
Three other personalities namely Emmanuel Bortey Borketey, CEO of Happy Man Bitters; Dr K.K. Peprah, Managing Director of K.K. Peprah Company Limited and Fadda Dickson Narh, Managing Director of Despite Media Group, were also awarded doctorate degrees during the awards ceremony organized by Confederation of Governance Assessment Institute (COGAI), and the Bureau of Research and Governance Commerce and Administration (BORGCA)
Touching on the criteria for conferring the Honorary Professorship Degree, Director in-charge of Strategic Communications, Business and International Relations, COGAI, Isaac Rockson, said by all assessments carried out, the Unity Group CEO was deserving of the honour done him.
According to him, “per the research done on Dr. Kwame Kyei, first of all we looked at somebody who has been empowering women in terms of employment, and per our research, Dr. Kyei is the first Ghanaian that had the audacity to employ more women at his filling stations and kept employing more women in his businesses.
He added that “And his reason for doing that is that women suffer a lot when they have problems with their husbands and they need to take care of their children, a lot of responsibilities.”
The Communication Director said “So the factor that we considered was that “He has taken a good stand to support women in all fields. Supporting the widows in various times and supporting the poor in society, the needy, children who are in the hospital.”
He underscored that “His Foundation, Dr Kwame Kyei Foundation has had so many impacts in paying for several people who are schooling at various universities in Ghana and in other countries.”
Prof. Kyei, the first black man to have received such an award, was also honoured for his many years of contributing immensely to the development of Christendom and promotion of peace in Ghana.
Mr Rockson indicated that “Every year, he has been organizing peace campaigns and thanksgiving services to thank God for Ghana.”
Also commenting on the awards, Prof. Cronoff indicated that the performance of Prof. Kyei to socio-economic and religious development over the years has been outstanding.
It was his expectation that the award would spur Ghanaian businessman who doubles as Chairman of Asante Kotoko Football Club on to win more awards in the years ahead.
Candidates of Alfred Nobel University were Dr Kyei(Honorary Professorship Degree), Fadda Dickson Narh (Honorary Doctorate Degree) Alhaji Labaran Issah Barry (Hon. Doctorate). The rest received from Vin Nitsya State, Pedagogical University and Ternopil State Economic University respectively.
Meanwhile, Dr Borketey, who spoke on behalf of the other awardees, thanked the Alfred Nobel University for the honour done them and was hopeful that they would continue the good works for the development of Ghana.