Dr Alhaji Banda (Hon)
Renowned entrepreneur, business magnate, philanthropist, role model and patriot, born in June 1933 at Kintampo in Brong Ahafo Region, Alhaji Asoma Abu Banda was destined to create employment and economic empowerment for many people worldwide.
Born into a family with a strong business orientation, Alhaji Asoma Abu Banda naturally found his way into the family business. At a tender age, he worked with his father in the road transport business and showed early signs of hard work and entrepreneurship. Between 1955 and 1957, he was assigned the arduous job of buying cattle from Mali, Niger and Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) and transporting them on foot to Kumasi, a job which he executed with diligence and devotion. Determined to broaden his horizon and to acquire the requisite entrepreneurial competencies, Alhaji Asoma Abu Banda travelled to London in 1960 to further his education. He later entered the service of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) of London as a Director in charge of Africa and the Middle East.
In 1975 he moved into private business and established partnership with a shipping company in London, OT Africa Line, and the Antrak Group of Companies (London and Ghana) of which he is the respected chairman.. Thanks to his able leadership and business acumen, more than 146 branches of his companies have been opened in countries across the world, creating jobs for over 500,000 people globally.
Dr. Alhaji Banda (Hon) has shown tremendous commitment and support towards the socioeconomic development of the country. He was very instrumental in financially supporting the reconstruction, refurbishment and maintenance of the maternity wing of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in 1999 at a cost of nearly One Billion Cedis. In collaboration with his foreign partners, he invested Ten Million US Dollars (about 70 Billion Cedis) in the establishment of the Tema Container Terminal, resulting in the creation of about 100 jobs. Alhaji also demonstrated his support for the maintenance of security, peace and tranquility in the country by establishing the Crime Prevention Foundation to help resource the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies. In addition, he had also constructed a Female Cell for Nima Police Station. Dr. Alhaji Banda (Hon) continues to show, in concrete terms, his deep concern for the well being of the down trodden by catering for over 3,000 people annually. As a staunch and devout Muslim, he has constructed a Mosque at the Airport Residential Area at a total cost of over One Million US Dollars.
He is also the proud recipient of many national and overseas awards for his community development activities.