There are so many rich and wealthy men and women in Ghana who might be celebrating their birthdays today as well as these two (2) business moguls, hailing from Ashante and Northern Regions of the country.
But to some, it is only surprising that owner of despite group or companies, Dr. Kwame Despite and director of might group of companies, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdul Jalil seem to be overly celebrated today, February 2, as they mark their birthdays.
This means that being rich without kindness is nothing, but having money and the willingness to spend it in the course of making others happy means a lot and it goes along way to attract people into one’s life.
There are countless Ghanaians who have given different testimonies of these business men support in their lives that helped change everything for good.
Kwame Despite born Osei Kwame born on the 2nd February 1962 at Agona Wiamoase in the Ashanti Region, is one of the most successful and richest businessmen in Ghana.
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.
To demonstrate his singular support for the local music industry which was on a rapid decline then, and also put Ghanaian culture above all else, he went into radio and established the now famous PeaceFM in 1999 at Mile 7 Junction.
The station’s experimentation with the Akan language worked to perfection as radio listeners in search of local content jettisoned stations that were broadcasting only in the Queen’s language for the 104.3 frequency.
The radio business began to thrive culminating in the setting up of Hello FM in Kumasi and OkayFM in Accra and peacefmonline.com. Now, the Despite Group of Companies (DGC) incorporated with only one company, Despite Productions now Despite stores (Distributors of Audio and visuals cassette and CDs) has now evolved and is the parent company of the following: 3 commercial radio stations, U2 Company Limited (Iodated Salt Production), Neat Foods Company Limited (which produces and markets NEAT Fufu, NEAT Banku, NEAT Abenkwan, NEAT Hausa Koko, NEAT Dairy Products), and the United Television (UTV).
Osei Kwame Despite’s educational background may be rich because he has an honorary degree from a British university. This is not a degree that Kwame attained based on merit or any other academic effort but because of his entrepreneurship efforts.
He believed that his efforts in forming the radio stations would be instrumental in educating the masses thus will play a role in ensuring that the community stayed informed and updated.
Chairman Arisky, as he is affectionately known by his peers is an international contactor ranging from roads construction to health facilities of international standard and the director of might group of companies.
He owns might FM, Might TV Magnolia Recreational Children’s Park and others businesses not known to the general public.
A kind man whose altruism is unlimited. He has dedicated his life to helping others by paying medical bills, school fees, and other personal problems of individuals.
His unassuming and down-to-earth nature has made it difficult for him to be recognized in a garthering of individuals, and due to this, his birth year was not known to this site at the time of publishing this, but it is not a secret he was born on 2nd February.
It is said that in his early years as a teenager, he was tasked by his father to play a role in his cotton cultivation business as the man in charge of logistics and welfare of the workers.
Alhaji Jalil went into music production in the beginning of the year 2000 when he produced the album of the duo ; Black Shanti and Black Moon, who are together known as Abada with the hit song – ‘Okabiri Kanna’.
He is a product of University for Professional Studies (UPS) in Ghana.