Ms. Grace Momo Tagoe • Pioneer of luxury event logistics

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Twenty years ago, Ms. Grace Momo Tagoe was a foreign service officer working in China for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

Like most other countries she had served in before, her mission was to give her best. However, a few weeks into his stay, something struck his eyes.

She had seen some of these things in the United States of America, where she was first posted, in Italy and other African countries, but it was in China that she began to pay attention to detail. organization and decoration of events.

Part of his duties was to attend diplomatic functions and receptions. And at these events, she noticed the sophisticated pieces put together, something she hadn’t seen in Ghana.

“I had always thought about doing something after I retired from active duty, but I hadn’t decided on anything until I moved to China. I realized that their pieces were unique and of high quality. At events, I “I’ll lift tablecloths to check what was underneath. I’ll examine crockery, centerpieces and any other pieces that caught my eye,” she told the Mirror in an interview last Tuesday.

Next, she had no intention of getting actively involved in the events business, as her original plan was to try and change the phase of events in Ghana.

As part of her birthday celebration, she donated 50 gift baskets to mothers in the maternity ward at Greater Accra Regional Hospital on Wednesday morning.

She said at the time that she realized that there were only a few people in the industry in Ghana, but the pieces she had seen on her international assignments were of better quality. quality than was hers, so she decided to focus on providing unique and elegant event logistics.

Today, there’s no event planner or stylist who doesn’t know or haven’t heard of Nelly’s Unique Rental, the baby born of Mrs. Tagoe’s search two decades ago.

Ms Tagoe turned 70 on Wednesday, October 19, 2022

She is the go-to person for the classiest and rarest event logistics ranging from luxury/rustic chairs and tables, table linens and napkins, air cooling fans, tableware and much more. others.

It is also not surprising that today, most event actors consider her as their mother and their role model. On Wednesday, October 19, when she turned 70, her “children” in the events industry celebrated her, with many sharing the impact she had on their journeys.

For most of them, she is the pioneer who supported them and directed their respective careers.

Create and sustain a business
Ms. Tagoe’s rental company is a leader in event space, but she says the journey to build it to where it is today hasn’t been easy.

Apart from the huge capital needed to start and run such a business, she also said that it takes a lot of time and dedication to stay in business and be on top for such a long time.

She said that back in China, when she finally decided what to do, she made trips to different provinces in search of the most beautiful pieces.

Some family members join Ms Tagoe (middle) in cutting a birthday cake at a lunch reception held in her honor

“At first I was just bringing the basics needed for the events, then I realized it took so quickly. By then I had returned home to be reassigned from the Foreign Service. That’s when I registered the business and started, with the support of my sister,” she explained.

She named the business after her first child, Eleanor (pet name Nelly), who is her only daughter.

Back: Mrs. Tagoe with her children Eleanor, Ted (middle), Derek (second from right) and Carl

Luckily for her, when she started the business, her four children were self-employed and had joined their father in the United States of America.

The challenge was to combine his official role with his new business and that meant staying up long hours after work to take inventory of items and make sure the business was running smoothly.

“It was tough. I thought I had people to take on so I could focus on my official duties, but the norm here and the attitude towards work was bad. Most people were just nonchalant. After work every day, I had to go through the company to coordinate activities there,” she said.

Another challenge was the high capital needed to run this type of business, as the trends kept changing. To stay on top of the game, she watched the trends on the internet and made sure she was able to provide similar pieces here that weren’t cheap.

She was happy, however, that all of the financial investments she made in the business were reinvestments of the business, saying, “I always reinvest in the form of adding or bringing in new things, and it’s what has kept me relevant all these years. .”

Her former Foreign Office colleagues join her in cutting her 70th birthday cake

For young people who want to succeed in the event industry and other careers, his advice is to find someone who has been there and learn from him/her, as it will make the journey much easier. .

Humble beginnings
Ms. Tagoe, the fourth of six children, recounted her early years in Koforidua in the Eastern Region, where her father worked in the post office while her mother was a trader.

Her father was posted to Accra when she was 10 and she was enrolled at La Anglican School and then La Presby Girls, before attending Labone Secondary School, where she was a science student.

She “dropped” her interest in science and enrolled in government secretarial school. It was after completing her studies that she was employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Barely two years after entering the ministry, she was assigned to the United Nations Permanent Mission in New York.

She has also worked with the Ghana Embassy in Rome, Sierra Leone, China and Liberia.

Appreciation
Ms. Tagoe praised a number of people, especially the younger generation of event planners and vendors who continue to celebrate and support her in various ways and also recommend her for business and acknowledgement.

Ms Tagoe (middle) with some of her ‘kids’ in the events industry

“Sometimes when I’m alone, I shed tears because of the love they show me. Outside of the company, they care about my health and well-being and are in constant contact to support me. make sure I’m fine.

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