Patrick Quarcoo is a Ghanaian Kenya-based serial entrepreneur.
Patrick Quarcoo is popularly known as PQ.
Quarcoo was born from a poor background in Cape Coast, Ghana.
Patrick Quarcoo is the founder and CEO of Radio Africa Group, which is an umbrella of among Kenya’s leading media channels on print, digital, TV and radio. This include KISS 100, Classic 105, X FM, Radio Jambo, East FM, the Star newspaper and KISS TV. Patrick and his Radio Africa Group co-founder, William Pike also own two radio stations in Uganda, Capital Radio and Beat FM. He came to Kenya from Reuters Uganda in the 90s to start up a media company. In 2012, Patrick was awarded an international recognition award at the Ghana UK-Based Achievement Awards.
Quarcoo, who co-founded The Star in partnership with British editor William Pike, has said in the past that it was his grandmother who taught him about the significance of print media in Africa.
“She had no real formal education, but she always used to say in Pidgin English ‘book no lies’,’’ said Quarcoo.
The Radio Africa Group also owns The Star newspaper, the third largest newspaper in Kenya. The paper was launched in July 2007 as the Nairobi Star, a 32-page tabloid style newspaper concentrating on human interest stories, but changed its name after it expanded distribution across the country.
The Star is arguably the most independent and outspoken newspaper in Kenya and – for this reason – has had its fair share of troubles with the government and the Media Council of Kenya, the industry regulator.