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Osei Kwame Despite

Osei Kwame Despite

Osei Kwame Despite is a Ghanaian entrepreneur and a philanthropist with a foundation in music creation and knowledge of the broadcasting sector

1962

Born
02 February 1962

Born

Osei Kwame Despite was born on 2 February 1962 in the Ashanti region.

1983

Early life
06 July 1983

Early life

He started as a merchant in Dunkwa-Offinso, Ghana, selling music cassettes and other items. After moving to Lagos, Nigeria, he returned to Ghana in 1983 with a trident cassette player and chainsaw machine. He started a timber contracting business but was smashed by a falling tree. He later expanded his business to include selling cassette tapes

1999

Career
06 July 1999

Career

In 1999, he founded PeaceFM in Achimota Mile 7 Junction, prioritizing Ghanaian culture and local music. The station's Akan language experiment led to local programming, establishing Hello FM in Kumasi, Okay FM in Accra, and peacefmonline.com.

2021

CEO
06 July 2021

CEO

Osei-Kwame is the chief executive officer of Despite Firm Ltd., a business with media companies including UTV, Peace FM, OKAY FM, NEAT FM, and Hello FM in Kumasi. At the African Achievers Awards in the UK in 2021, he was crowned Africa Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2019, he received the GH Captain's Award in recognition of his contributions to the socioeconomic advancement of the nation.

2023

Personal life
05 July 2023

Personal life

Despite Media's General Manager, Kennedy Osei Asante, the eldest son, married Tracy in 2019 and is known for his collection of luxury vehicles. He recently acquired a $3 million Bugatti Chiron for his 60th birthday, joining the exclusive group of just five Africans who own a Bugatti.

2023

05 July 2023

Despite Group of Companies owned by him

·      U2 Company Limited (Iodated Salt Production)


·      Okay FM


·      Peace FM


·      Neat FM


·      Hello FM


·      Despite Stores


·      Best Point Savings and Loans (Finance)


·      Farming and Building Construction businesses


·      Neat Foods Company Limited (which produces and markets NEAT Fufu, NEAT Banku, NEAT Abenkwan, NEAT Hausa Koko, and NEAT Dairy Products)


·      United Television Company Limited


·      Atona Foods LTD ( which produces THIS WAY chocolate drink, which comes in different flavors, and THIS WAY Motherlac children's cereal )


 

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