In celebration of professional excellence today, this piece shines the light of recognition on one man who has undoubtedly contributed heavily to the Ghanaian media landscape. We are looking at the life of a multiple-award-winning Chartered media practitioner with a distinguished career spanning over two decades and achievements in many other fields of endeavor — Mr. Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey, popularly known as Abeiku Santana.
Abeiku’s career in media took off in 1997 with Radio Z in Koforidua, Ghana. From there he moved on to occupy the posts of Deputy Programs Manager and Sales and Marketing Supervisor from 1999 to 2001 at Radio Mercury and Ash FM respectively.
From 2002 to 2010, Abeiku was the Head of Music Programs and Events Promotion Coordinator at Multimedia Broadcasting Group, Adom FM division. After a successful time at Adom FM, he joined the Despite Media Group, successfully juggling, the roles of a host of the Drivetime Radio Show on Okay FM and Entertainment Presenter on UTV.
As the Managing Director of Kaya Tours Ghana Limited & Kaya Management Services, Abeiku Santana was recently recognized as one of the Top 100 Travel & Tourism professionals in Africa and is listed as one of Africa’s Top 100 Personalities. He was inducted into the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Hall of Fame in 2008. Santana is a member of the International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals (SKAL) and has served as Tourism Ambassador for Ghana, Communications Manager of Local Enterprise and Skills Development from 2010 to 2015. He’s known widely for promoting African integration through Travel and Tourism Trade.
His Skills of expertise range from Marketing Communications, Media Relations, Teamwork, Market Research, Brand Management, Tourism Destination Management, Digital, and Social Media Marketing. He also provides consultancy services to individuals, startups, and corporations.
Abeiku has won several awards in recognition of his industry. They include Radio and Television Programme (RTP) Award for Radio Program of the Year and Radio Late Afternoon Show Host of the Year, (2019-2020) and TV Male Entertainment Show of the Year (2018-2019, 2016), he’s a recipient of the Ghana Internet Awards USA Best TV Male Personality (2019) award, Young Entrepreneur Award for Male Celebrity Entrepreneur of the Year and Event Male MC of the Year at the Ghana Event Awards 2019.
The Mfantseman Heroes Award was given to him in 2015, three years later M.I.C.E Africa in 2018 recognized his firm, Kaya Tours, as Company of the Year. Abeiku in 2020 was a recipient of the EMY Africa Special Recognition Award for Tourism Promotion and Marketing for his work with Kaya Tours.
Abeiku Santana holds a Masters Degree in Tourism Management from the University of Cape Coast, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), an Associates in Legal Studies and Litigation from New York Paralegal School, an Advanced Certificate in Public Relations and Advertising from Ghana Institute of Journalism and is a Chartered Media Professional from Global Academy of Finance and Management in Colorado, the United States.
He also serves as a visiting lecturer to the Africa University College of Communications (AUCC), Pentecost University College, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and the University of Ghana, among other educational institutions.
Abeiku Santana is a relentless Broadcast Journalist who wouldn’t stop until he finds practical solutions to pressing problems. His career focus is to become a Global Expert Consultant in Media, Marketing, Tourism, and Hospitality.
Visit www.abeikusantana.com to learn more about his illustrious career…
Source: Various filed reports