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Dentaa Amoateng, the super‑connector strengthening Ghana’s diaspora links

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Jun 28, 2024

For people in the diaspora seeking to reconnect with their Ghanaian roots or invest in Ghana, Akosua Dentaa Amoateng has been a go-to person, leveraging her extensive Ghana, US, and UK networks to build cultural bridges. She tells The Africa Report why she is going #BeyondTheReturn. "My initial plan was to meet Dentaa Amoateng for coffee in London to discuss Ghana’s much talked about #BeyondTheReturn initiative, but with the British-Ghanaian entrepreneur busy in Accra fixing meetings, we settled for a virtual coffee to chat about her remarkable ability to sell Ghana to the diaspora. #Dentaa is a relentless advocate for the Black community. From the #ManhyiaPalace (seat of the #Asantehene, the monarch of Ghana’s #AshantiKingdom) to #OforiPaninFie (the royal palace of the #Omanhene of Akyem Abuakwa in the #EasternRegion of Ghana), she facilitates meaningful experiences, including meetings with esteemed traditional leaders for Ghanaian diaspora members eager to deepen ties with the #WestAfrican country. Prior to going all out to provide a soft landing for people in the diaspora seeking to move to Ghana, do business in the country, or connect with government officials, #Dentaa was an actress who featured in legendary British TV shows #EastEnders and #HolbyCity. Fifteen years on, after winning several awards and an #MBE honour, Dentaa – who runs #GUBA (Grow, Unite, Build Africa) Diaspora Network and is among Ghana’s power influencers – says there is no better time than now to rally people in the diaspora to return home. #FullCircleMoment "The #AfricanDiaspora has a key role to play in the development of Ghana, and between this group and people living in Ghana, we can work together to influence development policies, establish businesses, and create stronger ties for mutual success," she tells The Africa Report. When famous Dutch football stars #EdgarDavids and #MemphisDepay visited Ghana in 2022, Dentaa was the pivot, coordinating meetings between the sportsmen and President #NanaAkufoAddo, the Asantehene, and the Asante Kokoto S.C. team. She also played a key role in Depay’s refurbishment of the #CapeCoast School for the Blind and Deaf.