The Makers Electronics, one of the fastest-growing retail brands in electronic and home appliances products in Ghana, has been honoured at the 2021 Responsible Business and Leadership Excellence Awards (RBLEA), held at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra on Friday, April 29, 2022.
In barely one year and six months of its operations, The Makers Electronics Company Ltd has 5 branches – three within the Greater Accra Region, and two in Kumasi and Takoradi respectively. The company is still working on extending its branch network to make its services readily available in many parts of the country.
The RBLEA, which covers the areas of banking, aviation, information technology, telecommunication, manufacturing, and retail sectors, mainly recognizes companies and individuals for their performance in the previous year.
The Makers Electronics Company Ltd picked up the Responsible Electronics Retail Company of the year for 2021, and the Responsible Emerging Electronics Brand of the year 2021.
The awards were picked on behalf of the CEO of the company, Mr Stephen Essoun, by ambassadors of The Makers Electronic brand, namely, Comedian O.B. Amponsah, IBK, musician Fameye, actor Papa Nii, also known as Osophagus, and Fidel Nana Kwabena Essoun, and the Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Akua Saah Essoun.
ION Africa Business, organizers of the Responsible Business and Leadership Excellence Awards (RBLEA), say it is aimed at championing the implementation of sound business governance and systems, and also preventing practices that hinder social development.
Project Manager for the RBLEA, Mr. Robert Emmanuel Kaye, said RBLEA also seeks to celebrate and reward innovative solutions that are geared toward the upliftment of society.
“It is both a responsibility and prerequisite for businesses and business leaders to emerge in the current economy, as pioneers in steering forth the creation of inclusive economic growth,” he said.
He mentioned that the objective of the award is to create a network of professionals who are committed to furthering the sustainability agenda for businesses while recognizing individuals and organizations that have excelled in business and corporate sustainability leadership.
Mr. Kaye noted that the criteria for shortlisting nominees were based on some Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and a survey by the Market and Consumer Insight, a research company that handled the technical aspects of the awards, and an awarding board that included Prof. Wayne Dunn, Founder and President of the CSR Institute, Dr. Diana Heymann-Adu, a Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, and Nana Annor Amihere II, National President, Ghana Institute of Safety and Environmental Professionals.
The RBLEA is an empowerment-driven initiative that seeks to distinguish and uphold the achievements of inspiring corporate front-runners of responsible values. It also aims at defining and celebrating vision, achievement, and excellence in business leadership in Ghana.
The Makers Electronics CEO named ‘Young Achiever’ at the 2022 Ghana CEO Vision & Awards
Interestingly, on the same day, the Chief Executive Officer of The Makers Electronics Company Ltd, Stephen Essoun, also picked up another award at the maiden edition of the Ghana CEO Vision and Awards at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra, where he has been adjudged the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’, 2022.
The awards’ event, organized by Globe Productions, also honoured Ibrahim Mahama, CEO of Engineers and Planners, who was decorated as the CEO Vision Entrepreneur of the year. Vodafone CEO, Patricia Obo-Nai, was named CEO of the year – private sector category, whereas the Chief Executive of Zoomlion, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, picked the CEO of CEOs Award.
Other awardees on the night included Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. In all, about forty individuals were awarded at that event. The nominees were shortlisted out of the 113 individuals that had been considered for the awards.
Speaking about his award, the CEO of The Makers Electronics, Stephen Essoun, whose company received the ‘Promising Company of the Year’ award at the 2021 Ghana Business Awards, said, “I draw my inspiration from the famous biblical quote: Matthew 5:14, which says, You are the light of the world, a city built on a hill cannot be hidden. The good works will definitely come out one day without a single sweat. My journey as a CEO has never been easy, and I was not expecting it to be easy either. I thank God almighty, the organizers, and my beautiful wife Mrs. Akua Saah Essoun for this award, and I will urge the youth to follow suit and push a healthy agenda for future generations.”
Mr. Essoun is also the CEO of Hi-Lynks Communications, an organisation he’s run for nearly a decade.