Osei Kwame Despite (born 2 February 1962) is a Ghanaian entrepreneur and a philanthropist with a foundation in music creation and knowledge of the broadcasting sector. Osei-Kwame is the CEO of the Despite Firm Ltd, a trade company with subsidiaries in the media industry, including UTV, PEACE FM, OKAY FM, NEAT FM and HELLO FM in Kumasi. He was named Africa Entrepreneur of the Year at the African Achievers Awards in the United Kingdom in 2021.He was also honored with GH CAPTAIN’s Award in 2019 for his contributions to the socio-economic development of the country.
In the Ghanaian town of Agona Wiamoase, he was born, in the Ashanti region. He began his career as a merchant in Dunkwa-Offinso, Ghana’s Central Region, selling music cassettes, feeding bottles, padlocks, and other items. After years of struggling to make ends meet in the countryside, he and his colleagues relocated to Lagos, Nigeria.
In 1983, he returned to Ghana with other Ghanaians who had fled Nigeria due to the country’s political unrest. On his first business trip, he brought only one chainsaw machine, which was smashed by a falling tree. He eventually moved on to selling cassette tapes before diversifying his business.
o show his support for the local music industry and to prioritize Ghanaian culture, he moved into radio and founded the PeaceFM at Achimota Mile 7 Junction in 1999.The station’s experiments with the Akan language paid off, as radio listeners looking for local programming abandoned stations broadcasting primarily in the Queen’s language on the 104.3 frequency.The radio industry flourished, culminating in the establishment of Hello FM in Kumasi and OkayFM in Accra, as well as peacefmonline.com.