Budding media and publishing company, Rudder Communications (RudCom), has launched the 2020 edition of its annual human capital development project.
Dubbed “The 100 Most Influential Personalities From Northern Ghana” (The 100 MIPs), the project seeks to promote literacy and entrepreneurship amongst young people from the Upper West, Upper East, North East, Northern and the Savannah Regions of Ghana.

First launched in 2019, the project nominates 200 personalities across ten different careers or professions and asks the public to vote for their favourite 100 whose biographies are later published in the 100 MIPs magazine.

“Specifically, the project seeks to use the success stories of natives of Northern Ghana who are excelling or have attained some high level of success in their careers to inspire school children and other young people to also dream big. It also seeks to ignite the interest in entrepreneurship amongst the youth of Northern Ghana through the inspiring success stories of some of the personalities”, Executive Director of RudCom, Joseph Ziem said in a news release issued on Thursday July 15, 2020 in Tamale to signal the launch of the 2020 edition.

“We believe this project will go a long way to boost the literacy level amongst young people vis-à-vis reading, comprehension and their ability to write effectively. Besides, understanding how each of these personalities made it in life, would also boost their level of confidence to enable them to dream of anything they so desire to achieve in life”.

Joseph Ziem, who is also chief editor of Savannah News, personally considers the project as another means by which successful well-meaning natives of the north could contribute their little towards the empowerment of the minds of young people from their communities.

The 100 MIPs project is not an award scheme and neither is it a rating tool to classify achievers and non-achievers. Nonetheless, it recognizes the successes and achievements of the best human resources who hail from Northern Ghana.

To be considered for nomination, a person must have excelled or is successful in their chosen career or profession; must have made significant progress to the top of their career when compared to their peers; or must have made significant impact in the lives of other people or the community they hail from.

By this launch, voting has started and the public are expected to vote for their favourite personalities between now and the end of August. The public are expected to dial a common short code (365366#) which is recognized across all telecommunication networks to vote. A vote cost 0.50p and any member of the public can vote as many times as they want for their favourite nominee or nominees.

There are 10 categories under the project. They are Education, Sports, STEM, Agribusiness, Politics and Governance, Health and Wellness, Finance and Entrepreneurship, Media and Law, Arts and Lifestyle, and Humanitarianism and Diplomacy. Each category has at least 20 nominees.

According Joseph Ziem, by the end of the public voting, a list of the top 100 most influential personalities would be published. “Those who will make it to the list of 100 personalities will be interviewed by our biographers. Their biographies will be published in the 100 MIPs magazine so that they can buy enough copies and donate them to their former schools or schools in communities they hail from.

“We believe this concept by RudCom and its subsidiary SavannahNewsOnline.Com would make a lot of difference in the lives of our younger siblings who are still in JHS and SHS or completed. Majority of those in school don’t often get the opportunity of having someone who’s ahead of them in life to advise them on what subjects or courses to read in order to help them properly decide on their future profession or career. And we’re certain that the biographies of each of the personalities would greatly influence our younger ones positively to decide which career path to chart, what challenges to expect in their life journey and how they can overcome such challenges among others”, he pointed out.
 
Below is the list of nominees:
“The 100 Most Influential Personalities From Northern Ghana” 
(The 100 MIPs) Project
 
Politics & Governance Category

  1. Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Deputy Energy Minister (CODE: M1)
  2. Dr. Richard Kuuire, Retired D-G, Prisons & UN Prisons Security Advisor (CODE: M2)
  3. Alhassan Tampuli, CEO, National Petroleum Authority (CODE: M3)
  4. Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Minister, Inner-cities & Zongo Dev’t (CODE: M4)
  5. Iddrisu Musah Superior, Mayor of Tamale (CODE: M5)
  6. Tangoba Abayage, Upper East Regional Minister (CODE: M6)
  7. Alhaji Abdul Razak Saani, Northern Regional Dir., NCCE (CODE: M7)
  8. Peter Ayinbisa, DCE, Bongo District Assembly (CODE: M8)
  9. Isaac Adongo, MP, Bolgatanga Central Constituency (CODE: M9)
  10. Vitus Azeem, Anti-Corruption Campaigner (CODE: M10)
  11. Iddrisu Abu, Director, EPA, Northern Region (CODE: M11)
  12. COP Beatrice Zakpaa Vib-Sanziri, Ghana Police Service (CODE: M12)
  13. Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, MCE, Savelugu Municipality (CODE: M13)
  14. Christine Bonbanye Amadu, MCE, Jirapa Municipality (CODE: M14)
  15. Elisabeth Salamatu Forgor, Ghana’s Ambassador to Namibia (CODE: M15)
  16. Hajia Dr. Veronica Azara Bukari Kansawurche, Traditional Leader (CODE: M16)
  17. Joseph Whittal Akanjolenur, Commissioner of CHRAJ (CODE: M17)
  18. Dr. Clement Abass Apaak, MP, Builsa South Constituency (CODE: M18)
  19. Laadi Ayii Ayamba, MP, Pusiga Constituency (CODE: M19)
  20. Alhaji Abdul-Wahab Hanan Aludiba, CEO, NAFCO (CODE: M20)

 
Arts & Lifestyle Category

  1. Mwenviel Frederick Dibkuu, CEO, Mwenviel Pencil Artz (CODE: M21)
  2. Aatare Mahmud Wasiu, CEO, Blue Beatz Records (CODE: M22)
  3. Toni Ayelbis Atubiga, CEO, Ayelbis Events & Miss Upper East (M23)
  4. Ibrahim Mahama, Director, Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art (CODE: M24)
  5. Lawrence Darmani, Author (CODE: M25)
  6. Redfya Kurabaso, Reggae Musician (CODE: M26)
  7. Sherifatu Gunu, Afro Musician (CODE: M27)
  8. Abdul-Latif Alhassan, Founder, Northern Excellence Award (CODE: M28)
  9. Joyce Dinbian, Song Writer & Gospel Musician (CODE: M29)
  10. Wilhemina Abiba Abu Andani, CEO, Golden Movie Awards Africa (CODE: M30)
  11. Alhassan Yushawu Jahanfo, Actor & Movie Producer (CODE: M31)
  12. Ahmed Ara Ambitious, CEO, Ara Klothen (CODE: M32)
  13. Noella Wiyaala, Afro Pop Musician (CODE: M33)
  14. Joseph Pobee Mwintombo, Spoken Word Artiste (CODE: M34)
  15. Joyce Wunime, CEO, JYM Fashion Hub (CODE: M35)
  16. Greg Kankoh, CEO, Nallem Clothing (CODE: M36)
  17. Portia Mwinbeter-ib Dery, Writer (CODE: M37)
  18. Ibrahim Moomin Badingu, CEO, Badingu Music (CODE: M38)
  19. Raphius Amigos, Hip life musician (CODE: M39)
  20. A.K. Leonard, CEO, OBL Studios & Film Productions (CODE: M40)

 
Media & Law Category

  1. Lydia Ajono, Founder, Radio Gurune (CODE: M41)
  2. Fataw Yakubu, Managing Consultant, A.F. Yakubu & Associates (CODE: M42)
  3. George Sydney Abugri, Journalist & Author (CODE: M43)
  4. Charles Wundengba, Blogger & Editor, Wundef.com (CODE: M44)
  5. Shemima Muslim, Journalist & Media Consultant (CODE: M45)
  6. Major Albert Don-Chebe (Rtd), Media & Communications Consultant (CODE: M46)
  7. Thomas Naadi, BBC Correspondent (CODE: M47)
  8. Awudu Issah Mahmudu, Northern Regional Dir., Legal Aid Commission (CODE: M48)
  9. JSC Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi, Justice of the Supreme Court (CODE: M49)
  10. Agana Rashid Bawa, Journalist & CEO, Tanga Radio (CODE: M50)
  11. Clara Beeri Kasser-Tee, Managing Partner, Kasser Law Firm (CODE: M51)
  12. Ibrahim Seidu Bomanjo, Journalist, GBC, Radio Upper West (CODE: M52)
  13. Samsom Lardy Anyenini, Journalist & Lawyer (CODE: M53)
  14. Dr. Ali-Nakyea Abdallah, Managing Partner at Ali-Nakyea & Associates (CODE: M54)
  15. John Akparibo Ndebugre, Private Legal Practitioner (CODE: M55)
  16. Kelvin Peter Atuguba, Journalist & Media Entrepreneur (CODE: M56)
  17. Abdul Shakur Hammer, State Attorney, Upper West Region (CODE: M57)
  18. Rafiq Salam, Correspondent, JoyNews (CODE: M58)
  19. Martina Bugri, Editor, Radio Justice & JoyNews Correspondent (CODE: M59)
  20. Mohammed Alhassan, Private Legal Practitioner (CODE: M60)

 
Education Category

  1. Prof. Dr. Adams Bodomo, University of Vienna (CODE: M61)
  2. Dr. Vida Nyagre Yakong, Snr. Lecturer, UDS (CODE: M62)
  3. Dr. Gabriel Benarkuu, President, CCOD (CODE: M63)
  4. Prof. Mahama Duwiejua, KNUST (CODE: M64)
  5. Dr. Williams A. Atuilik, Provost, Heritage Christian University College (CODE: M65)
  6. Dr. A.B.T. Zakariah, Registrar, UDS (CODE: M66)
  7. Rev. Prof. Saa Dittoh, Rtd Professor, UDS (CODE: M67)
  8. Shirley Issah, Principal, Kpembe Nursing & Midwifery Training College (CODE: M68)
  9. Prof. Abdulai Salifu Asuro, President, MIST (CODE: M69)
  10. Brig. Gen. Dr. Emmanuel Kotia, GACSC/KIPTC (CODE: 70)
  11. Dr. Adams Sulemana Achanso, Dean, Faculty of Education, UDS (CODE: M71)
  12. Rev. Fr. Dr. Moses Asaah Awinongya, President, ReCAS (CODE: M72)
  13. Mumuni Abudu Seidu, Founder, Dan-Ibu International School (CODE: M73)
  14. Florence Pul, Founder, Etoile Royale Educational Complex (CODE: M74)
  15. Sheikh Mohammed Aminu Bamba, Founder, Bamba Educational Complex (CODE: M75)
  16. Cecilia Ewuntomah, Founder, Modern Star Integrated School (CODE: M76)
  17. Abdulai Abu-Wemah, Retired Educationist (CODE: M77)
  18. Adams Bertinus Kaleo, Principal, Tumu College of Education (CODE: M78)
  19. Dr. Callistus Mahama, Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg (CODE: M79)
  20. Prof. Stephen Bugu Kendie, Institute for Development Studies, UCC (CODE: M80)

 
Finance & Entrepreneurship Category

  1. Eric Johnson, CEO, Royal Cosy Hills Hotel (CODE: M81)
  2. Alhaji Sumaila Zakaria, CEO, Fuo Community Hospital (CODE: M82)
  3. Iddrisu Abdul Rashid, CEO, Tuma Prestige (CODE: M83)
  4. Yunus Hassan, Director, AKGS (CODE: M84)
  5. Rhoda Kadoa Wedam, CEO, Song-ba Empowerment Centre (CODE: M85)
  6. Felicia Konaah Tettey, CEO, Tacorabama Pizza House & Restaurant (CODE: M86)
  7. Alhaji Yakubu Adam Kasule, CEO, Gbewaa Civil Engineering & Mariam Hotel (CODE: M87)
  8. Felicia Kaguah Azupwah, CEO, Amazing Ladies Salon, Décor & Rentals (CODE: M88)
  9. Michael Bozumbil, Chairman & CEO, Petrosol Ghana (CODE: M89)
  10. Stephen Mwinkaara, CEO, Nuoyong Business Empire (CODE: M90)
  11. Emmanuel Akayeti, CEO, Akayet Hotel (CODE: M91)
  12. Hajia Samira Bin Ahmed, CEO, Mount Araf Merchant (CODE: M92)
  13. Cosmos Hassan Alhassan, CEO, Nim Avenue Hotel (CODE: M93)
  14. Salma Sandow, CEO, Faith Ghana Ltd & Faith Hostel (CODE: M94)
  15. Alhaji Sualisu Alidu Mahama, Banker & Financial Expert (CODE: M95)
  16. Alhaji Abdul-Majeed Issahaku, CEO, Next Door Computers (CODE: M96)
  17. Sherif Ghali, President, A.S. Group of Companies (CODE: M97)
  18. Anyanah Achelisewine Benjamin, CEO, BENCYN Group (CODE: M98)
  19. Roger Laari, CEO, MOAB Properties (CODE: M99)
  20. Alhaji Amadu Montia, MD, Baobab Microfinance (CODE: M100)

 
Humanitarianism & Diplomacy Category

  1. Rev. Dr. David Akonsi Wumbei, Assemblies of God (CODE: M101)
  2. Cletus Zume, Coordinator, NORTHCODE (CODE: M102)
  3. Shaibu Abubakar, Executive Dir., BEWDA (CODE: M103)
  4. Mustapha Sana, Executive Dir., Northern Development Institute (CODE: M104)
  5. Hajia Humu Awudu, Executive Dir., Hajia Humu Foundation (CODE: M105)
  6. Rev. Fr. Clement Mweyang Aapengnuo, Executive Dir., CECOTAPS (CODE: M106)
  7. Bernard Guri, Executive Dir., CIKOD (CODE: M107)
  8. Dr. al-Hussein Zakaria, Executive Dir., CODEYAC (CODE: M108)
  9. Janet Adama Mohammed, W/A Programme Dir., Conciliation Resources (CODE: M109)
  10. Otiko Afisa Djaba, Executive Dir., Henry Djaba Foundation (CODE: M110)
  11. Sheikh Dalhu Abdul Mumin, Peace & Environmental Activist (CODE: M111)
  12. Ahmed Bening, Deputy Gen. Secretary, Pan African Youth Union (CODE: M112)
  13. Issifu Sulemana Jobila, Executive Dir., CEAL (CODE: M113)
  14. Prophet Ignatius Pienaa, Founder, Amazing City of Wonders Chapel (CODE: M114)
  15. Dr. Akinkang Benjamin Adebasui, CEO, Team of Hope (CODE: M115)
  16. Daphne Lariba Nabila, Executive Dir., Legal Resources Centre (CODE: M116)
  17. Ziblim Abdul-Karim, Executive Dir., WUZDA (CODE: M117)
  18. Hajia Lamnatu Adam, Executive Dir., Songtaba (CODE: M118)
  19. Selina Aboyinga, Executive Dir., SFD Foundation (CODE: M119)
  20. Dr. Jessica Samira Bogobiri, Founder, Cornerstone Medical Outreach (CODE: M120)

 
Sports Category

  1. Andre Dede Ayew, Captain ,Black Stars (CODE: M121)
  2. Anyars Ibrahim Tanko, Coach, Black Stars “B” (CODE: M122)
  3. Mohammed Choo, Ex Black Stars Player (CODE: M123)
  4. Ernestina Abambilla, Footballer (CODE: M124)
  5. Abdulai Mukarama, Footballer (CODE: M125)
  6. Shilla Alhassan, Ex Black Stars Player (CODE: M126)
  7. Dajeng-Naa Hamidu Seidu Bomison, Referee Instructor, GFA (CODE: M127)
  8. Jane Akalachiba Ayieyam, Footballer (CODE: M128)
  9. Alhassan Wakaso, Footballer (CODE: M129)
  10. Hamza Mohammed, Ex Footballer (CODE: M130)
  11. Sherrifatu Sumaila, Footballer (CODE: M131)
  12. Grace A. Bayor, Ex Black Queens Captain (CODE: M132)
  13. Sulley Ali Muntari, Footballer (CODE: M133)
  14. Alhaji Ahmed Abdul Karim, Founder, King Faisal FC (CODE: M134)
  15. Mubarak Wakaso, Footballer (CODE: M135)
  16. Alhaji Sani Mahama, Ex Black Stars Player (CODE: M136)
  17. Ibrahim Gagbuni, CEO, Tamale FC (CODE: M137)
  18. Hajia Zalia, Technical Director, Northern Ladies (CODE: M138)
  19. Ibrahim Tanko, Sports Director, UDS (CODE: M139)
  20. Mallam Baba Nuhu, Coach, Black Maidens (CODE: M140)

 
Health & Wellness Category

  1. Prof. Dr. Simon B. Naaeder, Surgeon, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (CODE:M141)
  2. Dr. Elias Sory, Former Director-General, GHS (CODE: M142)
  3. Dr. Alexis Nangbe-ifubah, Central Regional Dir., GHS (CODE: M143)
  4. Dr. Solomon K. Gumanga, OBSGYN, TTH (CODE: M144)
  5. Dr. Hawa Malechi , OBSGYN, TTH (CODE: M145)
  6. Dr. Augustine Gaetan Kabir, CEO, Kabsad Scientific Hospital (CODE: M146)
  7. Dr. Prosper Akanbong, Snr Lecturer, UDS & Former CEO, TTH (CODE: M147)
  8. Dr. Robert Amesiya, Acting Medical Dir. UWR Hospital (CODE: M148)
  9. Bless Gift Love Atamps, Public Health Practitioner, GHS (CODE: M149)
  10. Dr. Evans Nsoh Ayamdooh, Veterinary Officer, MoFA (CODE: M150)
  11. Dr. Rudolph K. Adageba, Medical Dir., Ruma Fertility & Specialist Hospital (CODE: M151)
  12. Maurice Zaazie, Pharmacist & CEO, Mauplus Pharmacy & Medical Laboratory (CODE: M152)
  13. Emmanuel Abugre Azimbe, Nurse & CEO, Azimbe Memorial Hospital (CODE: M153)
  14. Dr. Paschal Awingura Apanga, Medical Supt., Talensi District Hospital (CODE: M154)
  15. Dr. Ali Samba, Dir., Medical Affairs, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (CODE: M155)
  16. Dr. Issaka Y. Akparibo, Aviation Medicine Specialist & MD., CareFlight Ghana (CODE: M156)
  17. Martin Yelibora, Herbalist & CEO, Organic Green Ltd (CODE: M157)
  18. Dr. Patience Sumbawiere Saaka, Medical Doctor, St. Dominic Hospital (CODE: M158)
  19. Dr. Titus Beyuo, Director, Comprehensive Care Hospital (CODE: M159)
  20. Hajia Mariama David Abdulai, CEO, Shekinah Clinic For The Poor & Destitute (CODE: M160)

Agribusiness Category

  1. Apullah Adingtingah, MD, Savanna Seed Services (CODE: M161)
  2. Richard Fra-ang, Aquaculturist (CODE: M162)
  3. Charles Atia, CEO, Dream Consult (CODE: M163)
  4. Sylvester Minyila, Founder/CEO, Minssap Ventures (CODE: M164)
  5. Juliana Lamisi Atinga, CEO, Savana Essence (CODE: M165)
  6. Mariam Naajia, CEO, Sariam Limited (CODE: M166)
  7. Erasung Hadija, CEO, MYDA Foods (CODE: M167)
  8. Lincoln Winimi Peedah, CEO, Neat Eco Feeds & Neat Meat Ltd (CODE: M168)
  9. Gafaratu Fuseini, CEO, Queen Gaf Enterprise (CODE: M169)
  10. Alhaji Antiku Abdulai Seidu, MD, Antika Limited (CODE: M170)
  11. Anthony Poore, CEO, Agriaccess (CODE: M171)
  12. Michelle Apanga, CEO, Shea Laam (CODE: M172)
  13. Salma Abdulai, CEO, Amaati Company Ltd (CODE: M173)
  14. Sintaro Mahama, CEO, Tibzaa Integrated Farms (CODE: M174)
  15. Mark Adams, CEO, Mark Adams Farms (CODE: M175)
  16. Alhassan Koligu Hamza, CEO, Alkoh Shea Butter (CODE: M176)
  17. James Abusanga, MD, Better PM Services Enterprise (CODE: M177)
  18. Ruth Wewura Guribie, Founder, Sava Shea Ltd (CODE: M178)
  19. Amadu Mahama, CEO, Hikma Agro Services Ltd (CODE: M179)
  20. John Gbene Dimah, CEO, GAB (CODE: M180)

STEM Category

  1. Ing. Prof. Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary, NCTE (CODE: M181)
  2. Prof. Gordon Akanzuwine Awandare, Director, WACCBIP, UG (CODE: M182)
  3. Foster Awintiti Akugri, President, Hacklab Foundation (CODE: M183)
  4. Ing. William Amuna, Energy Ministry (CODE: M184)
  5. Dr. Laud Anthony Basing, Innovator & CEO, Incas Diagnostics (CODE: M185)
  6. Moses Kanduri, Innovator & Co-founder, ALEXpay (CODE: M186)
  7. Dr. Ignatius Awinibono, Deputy Chief MLS, MoH (CODE: M187)
  8. Dr. Ernest S.W. Beinpuo, Scientist, Ghana Nuclear Regulatory Authority (CODE: M188)
  9. Prosper Ahmed Amuquandoh, Physicist & Engineer (CODE: M189)
  10. Ing. Philip Samwini, Engineer, Ghana Highways Authority (CODE: M190)
  11. Ing. Stevens Issaka Ndebugri, Retired Engineer, GWCL (CODE: M191)
  12. Muwahidu Issahaque, Founder & CEO, Yison Tech Hub (CODE: M192)
  13. Dr. Hamidatu Dramani, Dean, School of Engineering, Wa Technical University (CODE: M193)
  14. Dr. Marshaq Abdulai, Plant Genetist (CODE: M194)
  15. Ing. Naba Asigri Bewong, Board Member, GWCL (CODE: M195)
  16. Ing. Dr. Clifford Braimah, MD, GWCL (CODE: M196)
  17. Frank Adabre Akasoba, Solar Energy Expert & CEO, Northlite Solar Ltd (M197)
  18. Dr. Michael Abu Sakara Foster, Agronomist (CODE: M198)
  19. Ing. Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Al-hassan, CEO, Rahma Company Ltd (CODE: M199)
  20. Ing. John Bosco Ansuura, Computer Eng., C.K. Tedam UTAS (CODE: M200)

Dial 365366# on all networks to vote. After dialing the short code, enter the code of your preferred nominee attached to his/her name and follow the prompts to cast your vote. A vote cost 0.50ps. For enquiries, call: +233554799711/+233241076960

By Philip Liebs
17th July, 2020

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