According to Kwame Gyan, Head of Corporate Communications at GMABC, the committee in charge of shortlisting the nominees disqualified Obinim because they felt he was a bad influence on society.
If you have been wondering why Bishop Daniel Obinim, leader of the International God’s Way Church, was not included in this year’s Ghana’s Most Influential (GMI) awards, you are about to find out. No, his name wasn’t omitted; Global Media Alliance Broadcasting Company (GMABC), organisers of the event, have revealed that Obinim’s name was intentionally removed from the listed persons nominated for the GMI awards.
According to Kwame Gyan, Head of Corporate Communications at GMABC, the committee in charge of shortlisting the nominees disqualified Obinim because they felt he was a bad influence on society. Mr Gyan cited many instances the controversial pastor has been extremely unruly and obnoxious with his words and actions.
Mr Gyan, who spoke on Peace Fm’s Entertainment Review on Thursday, said that though the GMI awards was open to all, the nominees must be of positive influence. He also pointed out that there were other nominees whom were excluded from the list for some cogent reasons.
Ghana’s Most Influential Awards is aimed at recognizing and celebrating the top 100 Most Influential Ghanaian personalities as voted by the general public.
They consist of individuals, celebrities, politicians, clergy, footballers, businessmen etc, who in one way or the other have contributed positively to the growth and development of Ghana.
After public nominations were opened in November, the list was compiled and reviewed by GMI Committee consisting of editors, producers, and representatives of audit firm PKF.
This year’s list was topped by Pastor Otablil Mensah of the International Central Gospel Church. Pastor Otabil was followed by Patrick Awuah of Ashesi University, and investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who came second and third respectively.
The 100 influential persons who made it to the winning list were honoured at a grand event in Accra on Thursday night.