Opinion & Analysis

Dr. Emmanuel Bortey Borketey: Empowering Ghana’s beverage industry and inspiring youth

In the dynamic and competitive landscape of Ghana’s beverage industry, one name shines brightly: Dr. Emmanuel Bortey Borketey. As the visionary owner of Charger Limited, a leading producer of popular beverages such as Happy Man Bitters and Plus One Bitters, Dr. Borketey’s extraordinary rise to prominence is a testament to his unwavering motivation, exceptional mentorship, significant impact on Ghanaian society, remarkable achievements, and invaluable advice for the country’s aspiring youth.

The Charger Limited Story?

Charger Limited, his brain child  started from the garage with five workers as a small alcoholic beverage company in 2012 to provide the masses with a unique and different taste of herbal bitters. With the “one step at a time” approach, Charger Limited focused on a gradual approach to marketing its lead product, Happy Man Bitters a region at a time and is gradually becoming a favorite alcoholic beverage in Ghana and some parts of West Africa.

In 2018, Charger Transport was added to the business fold. The brand under Charger Limited deals in sand and stone haulage. Charger Transport has worked with several construction entities in this short period of its existence and is the go-to company for sand, stone, quarry dust, white sand and others for all construction 


For the growth and expansion of the company, there are several plans for as it continues to grow and expand its frontiers. Charger Limited in the future hopes to introduce other alcoholic beverages and also Incorporate other products including non-alcoholic beverages, a Mineral Water component (products which are of high demand on the Ghanaian market), and an import and export company under its umbrella.

Motivation and Determination:

Dr. Borketey’s journey in the beverage industry is fueled by an unyielding motivation to succeed against all odds. Born into modest circumstances, he encountered numerous challenges and 

obstacles throughout his path to success. However, it is his indomitable determination and unshakeable belief in his vision that propelled him forward. Driven by a deep desire to make a positive impact on society and fueled by his passion for entrepreneurship, he embarked on a path that would redefine the Ghanaian beverage industry.

Mentorship and Support:

One of the pillars of Dr. Borketey’s success lies in the invaluable mentorship and support he received throughout his entrepreneurial journey. Recognizing the immense value of mentorship, he actively seeks to uplift and empower aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly the youth. Through Charger Limited and its Happy Man Foundation,  Dr. Borketey provides platforms for young talent to learn and 

grow, fostering a culture of mentorship and collaboration within his organization. His commitment to mentorship underscores his belief in the power of collective growth and knowledge-sharing.

Impact in Society:

Dr. Borketey’s contributions to the Ghanaian society extend far beyond the beverage industry. As the owner of Charger Limited, he has not only transformed the landscape of the industry but has also made a significant impact on the country’s social fabric. With flagship products like Happy Man Bitters, Dr. Borketey has successfully revived Ghana’s rich cultural heritage by incorporating local ingredients and traditional herbal knowledge. In doing so, he has not only created employment opportunities but has also contributed to the nation’s 

economic growth. Also, he has embarked on several philanthropic activities especially in the Upper East Region of Ghana where his organisation has a very strong footing. Over the years he has supported initiatives to uplift the creative industry in the Upper East Region including providing support for Miss Upper East, Happy Man Bitters Upper East Music Awards, Miss Navrongo and Happy Man Bitters Inter Community  GALA which helps unearth footballing talents. 

Achievements and Recognition:

Dr. Borketey’s exceptional achievements in the beverage industry have earned him widespread recognition, both nationally and internationally. Under his astute leadership, Charger Limited has experienced exponential growth and 

expanded its product line to include a diverse range of beverages catering to various consumer preferences. The company’s unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction has earned it a reputable position in the market. Dr. Borketey’s entrepreneurial acumen and outstanding achievements serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs in Ghana and beyond. In 2021, Charger Limited won Responsible Manufacturing Company of the year (Beverages) with Dr Emmanuel Bortey Borketey winning Business Leader of the Year at the Responsible Business and Leadership Awards. He has won several other awards since he burst into the Beverage industry.

Advice to Ghanaian Youth:

Dr. Borketey’s remarkable success story 

offers valuable lessons and sage advice to the youth of Ghana. He encourages young individuals to dream big, remain persistent, and seize opportunities with unwavering determination. His advice emphasizes the importance of hard work, continuous learning, and the ability to adapt to the ever-evolving market dynamics. Dr. Borketey also underscores the significance of conducting business with integrity, embracing social responsibility, and actively giving back to the community. His message to the youth resonates with the belief that they possess unique talents and should strive for excellence in all their endeavors.

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