Name: Osei Kwame “Despite”
Credentials: Founder, Despite Group of Companies
Born Osei Kwame in 1962 at Agona Wiamoase in the Ashanti region. Affectionately called Osei Kwame Despite, he started life as a petty trader, dealing in music cassettes, padlocks, feeding bottles and other merchandise at Dunkwa-Offinso. After years of painful struggle in the village to make it in life, he joined other friends to seek greener pastures in Lagos, Nigeria.
He returned home to Ghana in 1983 with millions of other Ghanaian refugees who had been forced to flee Nigeria due to the political tension in the West African country. And guess what? He returned from Nigeria with only a chain-saw machine and a trident cassette player. He started a timber contracting business with the chain-saw machine but fate dealt a cruel hand on him when the machine was crushed by a falling tree on his first business trip.
Undeterred, he turned to his cassette selling trade until he decided diversify his business. He later established the now famous Peace FM in 1999 at Mile 7 Junction. Before this most stations aired in the Queen’s language before the 104.3 frequency. Peace FM was a huge success and still is today.
Now he can boast of more media establishments like Hello FM in Kumasi and Okay FM in Accra, peacefmonline.com and many more
Other members of the Despite Group of Companies (DGC) incorporated include U2 Company Limited (Iodated Salt Production), Neat Foods Company Limited (which produces and markets NEAT Fufu, NEAT Banku, NEAT Abenkwan, NEAT Hausa Koko, NEAT Diary Products) and more. The latest addition to the family is the digital television station, United Television.
Speaking in an interview with Kwami Sefa Kayi, Mr. Osei Kwame was full of gratitude to God for his current state of well-being considering his lowly beginnings. “…though I had big dreams, I never knew I’ll get this far but God has made all things possible…,” he said. He also said “…I want to advise the youth to persevere, work hard and never give-up…I am very careful dealing with the weak and poor people because anything can happen at any moment and situations change,” he had added
The Business mogul and owner of the Despite Group of Companies was elevated to the status of a Doctor by the Canterbury University for his continuous contribution to innovation, provision of job opportunities and relentless promotion of the Ghanaian Culture. Today, the boy who had no options is looked up to by many.
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