Babbasa, a social enterprise founded by Ghanaian entrepreneur Poku Pipim Osei has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of “Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility.”
This UK’s highest award for any organization was given to the Ghanaian-founded Babbasa for its achievement in transforming the lives of over 2,200 young people since the organization was established in 2013.
The non-profit organization joins other enterprises such as KPMG and Timpsons Group that have previously received this Royal recognition.
According to the founder of Babbasa, Poku Pipim, “We launched Babbasa in 2013 with a simple vision to help young people who are being disadvantaged to realise their career ambitions.
Commenting on the recognition from Queen, the Ghanaian entrepreneur stated that “It’s an immense honour to be recognised on a national level, and is a real testament to the commitment of our mentors, young people and employers, as well as the dedication of my team.”
Babbasa supports marginalised young people by offering them career guidance, one-to-one support, professional mentoring, skills training, and access to placement opportunities that they need to succeed.
Mr Osei, who was recently named Person of the Year in the South West of England, by the MTM Awards, and also invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2018 said that he is keen to extend what Babbasa is doing in the UK to other countries.
“We have established a unique model of working with marginalised young people, local employers, and the government to make a change, and I am confident that what we have achieved here can be repeated in countries like my beloved motherland, Ghana.The idea of doing my part to address global inequality excites me so very much look forward to what the future holds.”
Babbasa will be invited to a Royal Reception, along with Government Ministers, Senior Business Leaders, and other winners, at Buckingham Palace to celebrate their achievement this summer.