Alhaji Asoma Banda is one of the wealthiest people in Ghana and a successful businessman, philanthropist, role model, and patriot.
Banda has numerous companies and has employed a sizable number of Ghanaians.
As his family battles over his money while he is dying in his hospital bed, this magnificent guy has recently made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
This has sparked interest in the individual, so we’ve included all the information we can about Asoma Banda in this post.
Asoma Banda Biography
Asoma Banda was born in the Brong Ahafo Region’s Kintampo. He attended Kintampo and Kumasi Government Boys for his early schooling before earning his diplomas for the Ordinary and Advanced Levels.
Later, in London, he pursued a diploma in marketing/sales management. In order to better understand and succeed in the field he had chosen for himself, he later took additional courses in marketing, management, and shipping.
Banda was born into a family that valued commerce, giving him the abilities he would later need to succeed in his career. He was given the difficult task of purchasing cattle from Mali, Niger, and Upper Volta (currently Burkina Faso) and walking them to Kumasi by his father when he was a young boy. He completed this task with diligence and devotion.
In 1960, he went to London to further his education. Later, he started working for London’s Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) as a Director overseeing Africa and the Middle East.
Asoma Banda Businesses
Alhaji Banda and his business partners established the OT Africa Line and Antrak Group of Companies (London and Ghana) in 1975.
His company has expanded to have over 146 branches in various nations because to his astute leadership and commercial sense, providing jobs for more than 500,000 people worldwide.
Banda is the owner and chairman of Antrak Air. It is the first company of its kind in the history of Ghana’s aviation industry and the only aviation company that is entirely owned by Ghanaians.
Asoma Banda Age
Alhaji Asoma Banda is 89 years old. He was born in June 1933.
Asoma Banda Family
Alhaji Asoma Banda has at least two wives, although there could be more. He also has numerous children with his wives.
A battle over his wealth has been sparked by his family after he fell ill for close to two years now.
Asoma Banda Philanthropy
At a cost of about one billion Cedis, Asoma Banda paid for the restoration, upkeep, and maintenance of the maternity wing of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in 1999.
He contributed ten million US dollars (about 70 billion Cedis) in cooperation with foreign partners to the construction of the Tema Container Terminal, which led to the creation of about 100 jobs.
Banda provided funding to the Nima Police Station in Accra for the creation of a female Cell.
Each year, he feeds more than 3,000 people. Alhaji Banda, a devoted and steadfast Muslim, spent more than $1 million USD to build a mosque at the Airport Residential Area.
Asoma Banda Awards and Achievements
First African to own a ship and first Ghanaian to own an aircraft.
Companion of the Order of Volta by the State
Ghana’s Best Ever Transport and Logistics personality of the Year by the Charted Institute of Transport and Logistics in 2006
Honoured for lifetime achievement by the Ghana Shippers Council in recognition of his great strides in maritime industry.
Entrepreneur of decade (2001) by EMPRETEC Ghana Foundation.
Kwame Nkrumah Leaders Awards (2003) by All African Students Union in recognition of his leadership qualities and support for the youth and students in Africa and the Diaspora.
Awarded the title of Fellow of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi for acts of benevolence in 2002 during the University’s Special Golden Jubilee Congregation Award.
Conferment of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Entrepreneurship (Honoris Causa) by the University of Cape Coast.
Conferment of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
West Africa Maritime lifetime Achievement Award 2009.
Golden Star award for Aviation Operation in West Africa 2009
Silver Award from the Brong Ahafo Region during the celebration of their 50th anniversary.
His Shipping company won the Best Shipping line of the World Twice (1999/2000)