HIS childhood dream was to become a medical doctor, hardly did he know he would turn out as a real estate mogul, and go on to the building of hospitals and police stations for communities in Ghana.
This is the story of Nana Odeneho Kyeremateng, the Omanhene of Apenuase in the Ashanti Region and Chief Executive Officer of the Comet group of companies.
He hails from Juaso in the Asante Akim South District of the Ashanti Region.
He lost interest in the study of the sciences in secondary school, due to the unavailability of laboratories for practical activities.
He passed his ‘O’level with distinction, pursued Arts at Sixth form and proceeded to the University.
After Sixth form, Nana was torn between reading Law at the University of Ghana and Land economy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) Kumasi.
Upon the advice of Dr. Opoku, a lecturer friend at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,” I opted for law, since it is versatile and I could divert to any field after it” he recounted.
Nana disclosed that his mother became happy with his decision to pursue law, while his father advised him to specialize in his watershed!
After graduation, he was called to the bar and went on to become the Chief Consultant of Kwaku Kyeremateng Chambers whose specialty was real estate law.
Nana anchored his life on his father’s thoughts on the three basic necessities of the human being, namely, food, clothing and shelter.
He constantly reminded himself of his father’s mantra that “Shelter will always be put up or constructed by human beings, but it is the mode of payment which would change”. With this at the back of his mind, he decided to veer into real estate and eventually established the Comet Group of Companies in 2002, to construct affordable houses for sale. It got listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) in 2010.
The Comet group of companies has since grown in leaps and bounds, and consists of seven liability companies, namely The Comet Properties Limited, Comet Homes, Comet Construction, Landline Properties, Woodfields Dev. Co and Mars microfinance, Insurance and Energy.
Nana Kyeremateng is a Rotarian and is guided by the Rotary Club’s motto: service to humanity’. Spurred by this, he has made donations to several institutions, among them, the Ghana Police Service, traditional areas and farmers.
He is currently building an accident centre for the Juaso Hospital in the Ashanti Region at the cost of GHC 1.5 million. It would be completed hopefully in September.
Asked why the centre, Nana indicated that, Juaso is an accident- prone area so it would be a strategic reception facility for victims, rather than being driven to Kumasi, which is some kilometers away. He said his contributions to humanity made his people to install him a chief and a leader in his traditional area.
Awards / Family
Those gestures have attracted the notice of many reputable professional bodies, which have consequently honoured him with several awards. The West African International Magazine has nominated him for an award next October, in Lome, Togo.
He is married to Mrs. Portia Asare Kyeremateng with children and described his family as supportive. His hobbies include reading and travelling. The favourite food on his menu is fufu and palm-nut soup.
Nana Odeneho advises the youth to be cautious and develop themselves systematically. “They should move away from fraud and the “get rich quick attitude” since it would only lead them to destruction; rather, they should be serious with their education and be disciplined”, he entreated them.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe & Jacqueline Annang