The Organizers of the Ghana Muslim Achievers’ Award (GMAA) announced on their facebook page the opening of nominations for the 2nd Edition of GMAA. Prior to this announcement, the organisers of the event last week paid a courtesy call at the office of the national Chief Imam of The Republic of Ghana, His Eminence Dr. Sheikh Uthman Nuhu Sharubutu at his residence in Fadama where they officially released the Date and Venue of the 2nd Edition of Ghana Muslim Achievers’ Award – being the Friday, 28th of April, 2017 at the Ghana National Theatre.

Sukra Concepts, the masterminds of GMAA  which is supported by the Office of the National Chief Imam and powered by Progressive Muslims, announces to the General Public to nominate People they think are well fit to fill the award categories. This could be done via sms by texting the names of your Nominees to the short code (1446) with a prefix of MAA based on the given categories. Ex. MAA-Abdul Samad Khadija to shortcode 1446.

The list if nominees will be confirmed and finalized by the GMAA board and announced at the launch of the event on February 24, 2017 at the Coconut Grove Hotel in Accra.

GMAA LIFE TIME ACHIEVERS AWARDS CATEGORIES:

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award (Individual Honorary);
  2. Lifetime Achievement Award (Corporate)
  3. Lifetime Achievement Award (Education/Entrepreneur)
  4. Lifetime Achievement Award (Sports and Entertainment)
  5. Lifetime Achievement Award (Civil Servant/Public Servant)
  6. Lifetime Achievement Award (Zongo Chief)
  7. Lifetime Achievement Award (Media)

GMAA GENERAL AWARDS

  1. Business of the Year (non-Muslim)
  2. Sports Personality of the Year
  3. Creative Arts Personality of the Year (Music, Movie)
  4. Media Personality of the Year (TV)
  5. Media Personality of the Year (Radio)
  6. Muslim Programme of the Year (Radio)
  7. Muslim Programme of the Year (TV)
  8. NGO of the year
  9. Political Personality of the Year
  10. Social Activist of the Year
  11. Female Personality of the Year
  12. Mualim of the year
  13. Male Personality of the year
  14. Most Promising Muslim

Nomination closes on 11th February,2017.

 

My View

Last year, I was very glad when I was reading through the nominees’ list of GMAA-16. That was when I saw the Business of the Year (non-Muslim) category, I went like – wow great to add non-Muslim business of the year…(shows how open-minded we are), then I ended the list without coming across a category for Muslim Business of the year which made me sad. Thought we were celebrating our own? Doesn’t Islam encourage entrepreneurship? – Had all these to ask.

To let it go, I made up excuses to defend their actions such as : Oh this is their first time and the pressure made them forget to include that category; All the Muslim-owned businesses didn’t want to feature in the category; It would be included in the next category….blah blah blah.

There is no doubt this is one of the great initiatives that has happened to our Ummah as it helps motivate and encourage other Muslims to do better not only for themselves but for the benefit of the country at large. I applaud the organizers and the supporting parties and also pray for Allah’s blessings upon them and their Families.

Nevertheless, The absence of a category for a Muslim-owned Business of the year again breaks my heart and I seriously can’t fathom the reason behind such exclusion. I have sent a message to the organizers asking if there is any reason why and they are yet to reply – would update you on any happenings

As stated by the organizers of the event, GMAA seeks to achieve the following:

  • Recognize and reward contribution to national development
  • Inspire and motivate younger generation to emulate such contributions for national growth
  • Encourage actors in all fields of endeavor to do more in support of advancing national development and the Islamic faith
  • Raise national awareness on contributions of persons and corporate entities of the Muslim faith as a standard for emulation, and Promote and deepen national integration, cohesion and support for Muslim causes

I therefore Humbly plead with The Organizers of the Event to consider the notion of including a Category for Muslim-owned Business of the year. If possible, a category each for new startups by Muslims and old Muslim-owned businesses. As this would propel startups to a larger audience, enhance the old businesses and also instil a winning and encouraging mindset in Muslims who want to venture into entrepreneurship.

What is your view on the Opening of GMAA nominations and the category list? Let’s hear you in the comment box below.