It has emerged that the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is more influential than President John Dramani Mahama, who is seeking a re-election in the November 7 polls.

This was revealed in the Ghana’s Most Influential (GMI) Awards instituted by the Global Media Alliance, operators of ETV and Happy FM. The list, which is made up of politicians, clergymen and women, footballers, business people, traditional rulers and journalists was released live on eTV Ghana on May 11.

Nana Addo placed fourth, whereas President Mahama placed 14th out of a list of 100 personalities.

Incidentally, both Nana Addo and John Mahama are likely to face off in a presidential debate being organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) ahead of the November 7 polls.

Pastor Mensah Otabil, founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) and the Central University College, was first, followed by Patrick Awuah of Ashesi University and ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in that order.

According to the organisers, the GMI Awards are aimed at recognising and celebrating the top 100 most influential Ghanaian personalities as voted for by the general public. They consist of individuals whose works have positively impacted society and their community.

After public nominations were opened in November, the list was compiled and the review process started.

Public nominations were scored 40 per cent and the GMI Committee, consisting of editors, producers, and representatives of audit firm PKF & Associates, scored 60 per cent of the total. Nominees were rated on five key metrics and the results were collated and analysed with the assistance of PKF & Associates.

Below is the full list of awardees

Ghana’s Most Influential (GMI) - 2015

1. Pastor Mensa Otabil

2. Patrick Awuah

3. Anas Aremeyaw Anas

4. Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo

5. J.A Kuffour

6. Mike Nyinaku

7. Bright Simons

8. Dr Mahamudu Bawumia

9. Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom

10. Ace Ankomah

11. Rev. Father Cambell

12. Manasseh Azure

13. Dr Kwabena Adjei

14. President John Dramani Mahama

15. COP John Kudalor

16. Prince Kofi Amoabeng

17. Osei Kwame Despite

18. Gifty Anti

19. Kofi Annan

20. Bishop Charles Agyin Asare

21. Edward Effah

22. Jerry John Rawlings

23. Her Ladyship Georgina Wood

24. Dr Kwabena Duffuor

25. Sarkodie (Michael Owusu Addo)

26. Herman Chinery Hesse

27. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

28. Bernard Avle

29. Sheik Osman Shaributu

30. Kwasi Twum

31. Bishop Charles Palmer Buckle

32. Rev. Eastwood Anaba

33. Bishop Dag Heward Mills

34. Ebo Whyte

35. Albert Ocran

36. Ivor Greenstreet

37. Ernest Bediako Sampong

38. Apostle Kwadwo Safo

39. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

40. Alhassan Andani

41. Joyce Ababio

42. Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panyin

43. Dr. Sam Jonah

44. Asamoah Gyan

45. Kwaku Baako

46. Abraham Attah

47. Kwame Sefa Kai

48. Togbe Afede XIV

49. Andre Dede Ayew

50. Dr Ibn Chambas

51. Samini (Emmanuel Andrews Samini)

52. Kwaku Sakyi-Addo

53. Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings

54. Stonebwoy (Livingstone Etse Satekla)

55. Kenneth Ashigbey

56. Dr Oko Nikoi Dzani

57. Theresa Oppong Beeko

58. Lucy Quist

59. Esther Cobbah

60. Ken Ofori Atta

61. Nathaniel Anokye Adisi (Bola Ray)

62. Shirley Frimpong Manso

63. Samia Nkrumah

64. Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi

65. Kweku Sintim Misa

66. Dr Ekwow Spio –Gabrah

67. Shatta Wale (Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr)

68. Mawuena Trebah

69. Michael Agyekum Addo

70. Lydia Forson

71. Edward Doe Adjaho

72. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuiye

73. Dr Edward Mahama

74. Stephen Appiah

75. Archbishop Duncan Williams

76. Lordina Mahama

77. Tony Oteng Gyasi

78. DCOP Kofi Boakye

79. Azumah Nelson

80. Dr Kwesi Aning

81. Prof Akosua Adomako

82. Abedi Ayew Pele

83. Abrantie Amakye Dede

84. Bisa Kdei (Ronald Kweku Dei Appiah)

85. Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih

86. Kojo Yankson

87. Bishop Emmanuel Asante

88. Bishop Gideon Yoofi Titi Ofei

89. Egbert Faibille

90. Ameyaw Debrah

91. Deloris Frimpong Manso

92. Nana Prof. John S Nabila

93. Daddy Lumba (Charles Kwadwo Fosu)

94. Yvonne Nelson

95. Apostle Dr Opoku Onyinah

96. Alhaji Adamu Iddrisu

97. Nana Susubiribi Krobea Asante

98. Kwame Achampong Kyei

99. Derrydean Dadzie

100. Awulae Attibrukusu III

Credit: ETV, Happy FM and ClassFM

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