Winner of the presidential pitch, Vanessa Aisha Limann and three other teenagers whose academic performance got admissions into top United States universities, were Saturday, July 14, honored by a Ghanaian company, Kente Master.
In a brief event held at Aknac Hotel inside Trasacco Valley, the four teenagers were honored for the excellence they achieved. However, only two of them were present for the event. The others will receive their awards in private.
The 18 year old female entrepreneur, Vanessa Aisha Limann, beat nine others who presented their ideas and answered questions before a panel of judges, in the presence of the President, ministers of state and members of the Diplomatic Corps, at the Presidential Pitch event in Accra.
The three others, Katia Maame Dufie Osei and Afia Sarpong Frimpong (both of Wesley Girls’ High School), and Isabelle Quaye (Ghana International School) scored higher than 99% of all test takers on the SAT in the world and got admissions into Harvard, Yale university and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) respectively.
Chief Executive officer of Kente Master, Peter Paul Akanko, said the girls deserved to be appreciated for raising the flag of the country high.
He added that as a company that seeks to promote Ghanaian culture internationally and economically empowers local Kente weavers, his company believes in celebrating excellence and creating the best of memories in the lives of people.
“You have made Ghana proud and you deserve all the accolades. I can’t wait to see the great future that waits you” he stated.
He also noted that the gesture was in part a commemoration of his birthday which falls on July 16.
In attendance were the Accra Chapter Chairman of the Association of Ghana Industries, Tsonam Akpeloo, Alumni coordinator of the Young African Leaders Initiative,Oxford Bonsu and others.
The honorees were grateful for the recognition by Kente Master and used the opportunity to share their aspirations with attendees at the event. Whereas Vanessa intends to chart a path of entrepreneurship, Katia wants to go into engineering at Harvard.
About Kente Master
Kente Master is a leading brand in the Kente industry which leverages on digital technology to market and supply innovative and trendy original kente products globally, creating wider markets for kente weavers and promoting their trade as well as this unique culture.
Their main product at the moment is the kente graduation stole which they sell to universities for graduations.
They have successfully sold to schools in the United States for the past three years and won several accolades including the 2017 Social Enterprise of the Year in the African Youth Awards and being selected among the top 10 most innovative enterprises by Tedx Accra.
They have also had the opportunity to clothe top personalities with their products including the current President of France, Emmanuel Macron, the current Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte, former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama and the current Minister of Business Development, Ibrahim Awal Mohammed.