Kwame Nsiah Appau, known in showbiz circles as Okyeame Kwame and Peace FM’s Kwami Sefa Kayi last Thursday were honoured by the Ghana Philanthropy Forum for their humanitarian endeavours.
While the musician received the ‘Celebrity Philanthropist Of The Year Award’, the broadcast Journalist was presented with the ‘Philanthropic Media Personality of the Year Award’ 2018.
The Awards is held annually to crown the National Philanthropy Forum, which brings together philanthropists and representatives of non-profit organisations as well as public and private sector actors to engage in discussions aimed at improving Ghana’s philanthropy space. According to Dr Ben Ocra, President of the Ghana Philanthropy Forum which organised the events, the awards scheme was instituted to recognise the efforts of philanthropists and nonprofit groups in celebrating and encouraging them.
“By this awards, we do not seek to pay them back for their benevolence, but instead, to appreciate their efforts, hoping they get encouraged to do more for society”, he said.
The two celebrities aside from their main occupations have each been involved in humanitarian work in the area of health.
Okyeame Kwame for the past nine years has been actively campaigning against Hepatitis B and has since screened thousands of people, providing free medication for those who test positive for the viral infection.
On the other hand, Kwami Sefa Kayi and his team have been resolute in their bid to reduce the alarming rate of infant mortality in the country through his Krokokoo Charities Foundation initiative.
They have so far installed a total of eleven incubators, each costing ten thousand 10,000 US dollars, in hospitals in the Greater Accra, Central, Eastern and Western regions of Ghana.
The foundation’s target is to donate one hundred units of the life-support equipment to medical centres across the country.
Okyeame Kwame, making a brief speech after receiving the award, expressed gratitude to the organisers of the event, urging all and sundry, especially persons with influence, to take up their civic responsibility in helping solve society’s problems
Mr. Dennis Adutwum, the Programs Manager of Kokrokoo Charities Foundation, who received the award on Mr. Sefa Kayi’s behalf, said the foundation would not relent in the pursuit of its goal of reducing deaths among babies born preterm.
Others awarded at the event included the Chief Executive Officer of the Tobinco group of companies, Dr. Samuel Amo Tobbin, who was presented with ‘Philanthropist Of Year’ award 2018.
‘Royal In Philanthropy’ award was bestowed on His Royal Majesty Drolor Bosso Adamtey I, traditional ruler of the Shai Traditional Area and Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) who is also Chairman of the Firstbanc Group.
Professor Asafua and Theodosia Jackson of the Jackson and Deen Foundations in Kumasi were presented with ‘Extraordinary Achievement’ award 2018, while Mr. Francis Bichnord Komla Ansong, the Executive Director of VOICE-Ghana was named ‘Community Hero of Philanthropy of the Year’.
‘Noble Philanthropist Of The Year’ and ‘Outstanding Development Practitioner of the Year’ went to Rev. Monsignor Alex Bobby Benson of Matthew 25 House, Koforidua and Mr. Siapha Kamara of SEND-West-Africa respectively.
For his resourcefulness in bringing to an end a 31-year-long conflict between the Bimobas and Konkombas and other conflict resolution feats in northern Ghana, Naa Golbilla David Kansuk, the Chief of Nakpanduri was given the ‘Royal Emissary Of Peace’ award.
Mr. Dela Ashiabor, the Deputy Director at the Department Of Social Welfare was named the “Third Sector Public Official Of The Year’ while IMANI-Ghana was recognised as the “CSO Think Tank of the Year”
Written by Clifford Frimpong