First Sky Group changes narratives for local business in Ghana
It is not often that a privately-owned local business in Ghana survives for 20 years; and, to find one that has actually thrived for that long is ever rarer.
But First Sky Group, a locally-owned holding company, just achieved that feat. And, founder and chairman of the group Eric Seddy Kutorse, attributes that achievement to the ‘grace of God’.
At the company’s 20th anniversary thanksgiving service in Accra this January, Kutorse thanked God for His
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He noted that God had been faithful to the
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The thanksgiving service was preceded a day before by a musical performance dubbed ‘First Sky Group Stands in Worship’, which featured performances by Nigeria’s gospel music star Mercy Chinwo and Ghana’s former artiste-of-the year Joe Mettle.
The First Sky Group is a wholly Ghanaian-owned holding entity with subsidiaries in the hospitality, construction, oil and gas, insurance, banking, commodities trading, and bitumen processing sectors of Ghana’s economy; and, with a combined permanent workforce of over 3, 800. It first started operations in 2002 as First Sky Construction Limited, with a workforce of only three people. The construction company presently boasts of 1, 200 permanent staff and 1, 700 casual workers. The group’s other subsidiaries are First Sky Commodities Limited, First Sky Bitumen Processing Limited, Volta Serene Hotel, Serene Insurance Company Limited, Frerol Rural Bank and First Sky Energies Limited.
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Ghana’s President Nana Addo Danqua Akufo-Addo said the desire to build a
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The president assured of his government’s commitment to creating a sustainable and
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Earlier in his sermon, the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, USA,
“When you lead a Christ-centered organization, there is an opposition.So, as your business expands , be mindful not to start relying on yourselves. When you feel dispirited, know that God is with you and on your side; that God protects your perspective as you walk with the awareness of His presence. Mountains may crumble, but God remains constant. Therefore, make God the Father your coach, and the Holy Spirit your consultant. The economy may not turn around, but as long as you stay in close proximity to God, He will always give you the victory. So, don’t be tempted to quit. Rather, remember that God is on your side, a very present help in times of storm.”
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Awards were later presented to six individuals who had contributed to the group’s growth over the years. Beneficiaries included Dr. Sylvanus Elorm, of the Assemblies of God Church-Ghana; Rev. Prof. Opoku Onyinah, former chair of the Church of Pentecost-Ghana; Rev. Prof. Yaw Frimpong-Manso, former general superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church-Ghana; Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-William, founder and general overseer of the Action Chapel International-Ghana; Rev. Doug Clay, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church-USA; and, Her Excellency Dr. Jewell Howard Taylor, vice president of Liberia.
In addition to Liberia’s vice president Dr Jewel Howard Taylor, other dignitaries at the event included chief of staff to Ghana’s President Mrs. Frema Osei-Opare, Ghanaian ministers of state, majority leader of Ghana’s parliament Mr. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, general overseer of the Assemblies of God Church in Ghana Rev.Dr. Stephen Yenusom Wengam, general overseer of the Royal House Chapel-Ghana Rev. Korankye Ankrah, general overseer of the Salt and Light Ministries-Ghana Rev. Joyce Aryee, founder and general overseer of the Action Chapel International Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-William, former speaker of the Ghanaian parliament Hon. Doe Adjaho, parliamentarians, members of the judiciary, the clergy, traditional leaders and