Dentaa Amoateng, best known by her stage name “Dentaa”, is an award-winning British-Ghanaian entrepreneur, actress, TV presenter, singer,producer and manager.
As an actress she appeared on British TV shows including EastEnders and Holby City, before moving into presenting, hosting television programmes on British and Ghanaian TV including The Dentaa Show and reality TV music competition Mentor IV. She also had a brief career as a singer, releasing a gospel album in 2005, “Wu Ye Nyame”.
Dentaa is an advocate for the Ghanaian community. In 2009 she founded the GUBA (Ghanaian UK Based Achievements) Awards, which recognises the achievements of individuals and organisations “positively contributing to the Ghanaian community in the UK or Ghana”.
In 2011, she was named in The Future 100 Awards as a “Young Social Entrepreneur” of the year for her work with GUBA. In June 2013, Dentaa was announced as the winner of the annual African Women in Europe (AWE) Award, for her work in promoting Ghanaian achievement in the UK and for her charity work.
Organisers described her as an “icon and role model to all African women living and working in Europe”. Dentaa is currently based in London, England.
Outside of broadcasting, Dentaa is known as the founder and CEO of non-profit organisation the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards. Dentaa founded the awards in 2009 with the first awards ceremony taking place in London, England, in October 2010. Dentaa, who describes herself as a “proud Ghanaian”, had the idea to set up the awards as she felt that there was “nothing out there promoted and enriched my heritage”.
GUBA was the first ceremony of its kind to specifically recognise Ghanaian achievement and has since been endorsed by dignitaries and organisations including The Ghana High Commission to the UK & Ireland, The British High Commission in Ghana, The Ghana Ministry of Tourism, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie, Lord Paul Boateng, Diane Abbott MP and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Dentaa’s achievements with GUBA were acknowledged in 2011 when she was announced as one of the “Young Social Entrepreneurs of the Year” in the annual Future 100 Awards, and again in 2013 when she received the African Women in Europe (AWE) Award. Dentaa was recently nominated for two categories at the annual Women4Africa awards held in London in May 2014.