The honour followed ETV Ghana’s award ceremony held on Thursday in Accra to reward 100 most influential persons in the country per votes from the public in 2015.
Mr Akwasi Agyeman, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Media Alliance who are organisers of the event said influencers are icons, pioneers, titans, leaders, role models, whose actions, words, ideas, music, and sermons inspire others.
He said those in positions of influence do not always realise the effect of what they say or do on the events and lives of others, adding that for most influencers, it is simply easier to try to do the things they believe in.
“What these awards seek to do is to get our society to appreciate the role these influencers play in shaping our collective destiny as Ghanaians”, he said.
Mr Agyeman noted that the country is in dire need of more positive icons, those who refuse to be passive victims of circumstances but dig deep within themselves to gain strength to help the society around them.
The first 10 most influential persons were Dr Mensah Otabil, Dr Patrick Awuah, Founder of Ashesi University College; Anas Aremeyaw Anas, an investigative journalist; Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, Flag bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP); Mr John Agyekum Kuffuor, Ex-President of the country; Mr Mike Nyinaku, Chief Executive Officer of the Beige Group of companies; Mr Bright Simons of mPedigree technology systems; Dr Mahamudu Mahama, the Running Mate of the NPP and the Mr Ace Ankomah, a renowned Lawyer.
Other awardees were Mr John Dramni Mahama, President; Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings, Ex-President; Charles Kwadwo Fosu, a highlife musician and Mrs Georgina Wood, Chief Justice.
Dr Joyce Aryee, former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines delivering a speech as the Guest Speaker, said business and technology entrepreneurs as well as educationists have a crucial role to play in how they influence people.
“We all must make the people that look up to us realise that hardwork, innovation and the application of our ever changing technological space offers avenues for growth and development to our people.
“Over the past few years I have had the privilege to speak to hundreds of young people and you can tell they are hungry for words of wisdom from people like yourselves and I am happy to note that many of you are already doing things to meet that need,” she said.
Dr Aryee urged the political parties and their agents to use their known diversities, which enrich the nation to unite the people especially in the upcoming general election.
Dr Mensah Otabil expressed gratitude to Ghanaians for giving him the honour and urged the public to celebrate individuals and groups, who contribute to the welfare of others and the development of the nation at large with little or big efforts, instead of dedicating too much time for politicians who don’t even appreciate it.
“In our country, we give too much power to politicians and make them more special than they ought to be,” he said.