“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or what you’ve accomplished. It’s all about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington.
The above quote by celebrated and award-winning actor Denzel Washington in many ways describes the essence of giving back to society, especially for people who have seen their lives transformed from grass to grace.
It is also the reason we generally admire and respect those who give back because it is easy for us to fall into a sense of moral sleep when we are not faced with the realities of people who are less fortunate than us.
In Ghana, while some celebrities and successful people have made a habit of flaunting their wealth and excesses on social media, others have devoted their time and considerable resources to helping advance the welfare of others.
From Prophet Badu Kobi’s much-publicized car giveaways to the silent philanthropic works of Asamoah Gyan, benevolent Ghanaians have donated millions to charity.
Below is a list of 10 generous personalities whose altruism have changed people’s lives.
The viciousness and scathing manner with which Kennedy Agyapong attacks issues make it easy for people to assume that he is a man with a steeled heart but in reality, the lawmaker has a heart of gold.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, on February 26, 2019, donated quantities of medical supplies worth GH¢60,000.00 to Assin Foso Polyclinic, to boost health care delivery.
He donated items like; two motorcycles, microscope autoclave machines, blood bank refrigerator, 10 sets of beds, chairs, refrigerators, baby scale machines, and theatre equipment.
The controversial lawmaker is also known for supporting the less privileged who cannot afford their school fees.
Prophet Badu Kobi
One of the most benevolent personalities in Ghana is Prophet Badu Kobi. The man of God is known for giving out luxurious cars to celebrities and other needy people in society.
Since Badu Kobi’s name was thrown in the limelight, he has donated 269 cars to people including, Obaapa Christy, Nana Ampadu, Daddy Lumba, Nicholas Omane Acheampong, Bishop Salifu Amoako, Prophet Owusu Bempah, Yaw Sarpong, Charles Taylor(former footballer), actor Mr. Beautiful and Chief Imam Sheik Osman Nuhu Sharabutu, and others.
Osei Kwame Despite
The Chief Executive Officer of Despite Group of Companies, Osei Kwame Despite, together with the CEO of Special Group of Companies, Dr. Ernest Ofori-Sarpong in May 2018, commissioned a newly-constructed Police Station at Tesano in Accra, to enhance police activities in the area.
Additionally, he unveiled a similar edifice in his hometown, Wiamoase in the Ashanti Region. Prior to that, he constructed and handed over an ultramodern Children’s Block at the 37 Military Hospital.
In 2012, the Asamoah Gyan Foundation donated equipment worth $20,000, to three health institutions, namely: Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the Mamprobi Polyclinic, and the Ridge Hospital.
Additionally, 100 patients each of the three health institutions were registered onto the National Health Insurance Scheme by the Foundation. The Gyan Foundation also made a major contribution to the lives of the Suhum Ghana Blind Society.
The Foundation provided them with white canes, talking watches, and 80 bags of rice. Gyan also paid for the entire society to register onto the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Again in 2015, Asamoah Gyan personally presented a cheque of $15,000 to the Cardio Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital as part of his benevolent activities.
The biggest single project, undertaken by the Foundation to date, is the construction of a $250,000 Astro Turf Pitch for Accra Academy School – Asamoah Gyan’s alma mater.
Pastor Mensa Otabil
Founder and Head Pastor of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) also donated a cheque of ¢200,000 for the procurement of three Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) machines for three major Mental Health hospitals in the country.
Mensa Otabil said figures from the Mental Health Authority (MHA) shows that the country loses approximately ¢18.55 billion to mentally related distress annually.
Prisoners in Ghana became so dear to Kwaw Kese’s heart after he spent five weeks at the Kumasi Central Prison and vowed to change the conditions of the inmates of all prisons in Ghana.
The rapper and MadTime Entertainment CEO, who has already proposed a 20 year Ghana Prison development project to the Ghana Prison service for approval, is still in his own small way making an effort to support prisoners who are really in need.
Kwaw Kese donated several items worth GH¢50,000 to the Ho Prisons on Monday, October 12, 2015. Kwaw told Peacefmonline.com that he had information that the Ho Prisons had been hit by skin decease which had infected most of the inmates so he decided to support them with few items that can help the situation.
Black Stars and Newcastle midfielder, Christian Atsu, came to the rescue of three convicts through the Crime Check Foundation with a donation of GH¢1000 for their release.
A mother and her two daughters who were convicted to serve three months in prison for taking some leftover corn estimated at GH¢10 were saved by the footballer.
Atsu has also paid the admission fee for a university student to be enrolled in September this year.
On February 8, 2016, dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale donated to the Children’s Ward of the Police Hospital in Accra.
The musician in a Facebook post said he donated to the Ward 3 flat-screen television sets, detergents, a wheelchair, children’s toys, and undisclosed amount cash.
Black Stars midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is also one of the most charitable Ghanaians who engage in aid works a lot. The Inter Milan star in 2016 presented three sets of jerseys and footballs to his juvenile club Asokwa Deportivo.
The items were made up of goalkeepers’ jerseys, footballs, and hose all branded in Juventus colours; green, blue and black & white.
The player on July 1, 2017, also donated food and items worth thousands of cedis to inmates of the James Camp Prison in Accra.
Ghanaian actress Fella Makafui also donated bags of cement towards the building of a community center in her hometown, Anfoega Akukome in the Volta Region.
The actress has been seen engaging in a lot of philanthropic works in various parts of Ghana to give back to the needy especially.