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Biography of Ernest Bediako Sampong

Biography of Ernest Bediako Sampong
Ernest Bediako Sampong

Ernest Bediako Sampong, Chief Executive Officer of Ernest Chemist’s, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in West Africa, is among the most respected and distinguished entrepreneurs in Ghana. He started his eponymous pharmacy business as a single outlet in 1986, selling imported medical products and has since grown it into a vast enterprise that manufactures, distributes andexports to countries all over the African continent, including Cote d’lvoire, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, in addition to serving the local Ghanaian market.

Mr. Sampong’s first taste of tertiary education as a medical student at the University of Ghana came to an unceremonious end when clashes between students protesting against the government and security force led to a closure of the university. He then transferred to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, this time to study pharmacy. Mr. Bediako Sampong’s rise has been driven by an uncompromising work ethic, ceaseless innovation and an uncanny ability to recognize opportunities where others see daunting challenges. He is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the 2017 People’s Choice Practitioners Award and the Local Pharmaceutical Institution of the Year Award.

Ernest Bediako Sampong (born June, 1956) is a Ghanaian Pharmacist and Businessman. He is the Founder and chief executive officer of Ernest Chemist and was awarded The Man of The Year at EMYAfrica Awards 2020.

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Early life and education

He had his secondary education at Adisadel College in Cape Coast, Ghana. He furthered at the University of Ghana Medical School but he later drop to attend Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where he acquire Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy


He is the CEO of Ernest Chemist Limited, a pharmaceutical company that retail, distribute and manufactures Drugs. In 2009, He founded NestPharma Company Limited in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Achievements and awards

Ernest have won awards and recognition in entrepreneurship and pharmacy.

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CIMG Marketing Man of The Year (CIMG)

Ghana’s Order of the Volta -Officer Category (Government of Ghana)

2017 CEO of the Year (Ghana Pharma Awards)

2017 People’s Choice Practitioners (The Heleh Africa Honours)

2017 Man of the Year, Health (EMYAfrica Awards)

2018 CEO of the Year (Ghana CEO Excellence Awards)

2019 CEO of the Year (Ghana Pharma Awards)

2019 CEO of the Year (Ghana CEO Summit)

2020 Man of the Year (EMYAfrica Awards)

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