Naomi Amoah

The much anticipated MTN Heroes of Change Season IV, has ended blissfully at Accra International Conference Center as the Founder and CEO of Royal Seed Foundation at Kasoa, Naomi Esi Aku Amoah, emerged as the ultimate winner with a prize of GHC100, 000.

To be candid, there was a spontaneous standing ovation and wild jubilation among the audience when ace artist Chukwu declared Naomi Esi Aku Amoah, as the overall winner through his artistic works; by painting her on four canvases.

In a grand style, the Second Lady Samira Buwumia and Acting CEO of MTN Ghana, Sam Addo presented the prize to her.

Naomi Esi Aku Amoah, commended MTN Ghana for coming out with such an innovative initiative in the country.

She also expressed her heartfelt gratitude to all and sundry who supported her in diverse ways during the competition.

“Miss Malaika 2017, Pearl Nyarko-Mensah is part of the success story. She nominated me to MTN,” she said. This industrious woman contended with nine others.

At the end, the final ten were short-listed from a group of 30 convincing entries gleaned from more than 1,000 entries this year.

She started the Naomi’s Royal Seed Foundation as a means of supporting the less privileged especially those are homeless.

According to her, she has belief that any little help given to these children would go a long way to help them become meaningful citizens in the country.

I have over 200 children at the home, most of whom were young kids and babies who were picked up from bushes and refuse dumps and brought to her, adding that some of those that bring the kids to her never show up again to check up on them.

Adding that, she started the foundation with an initial support from her mum, her own funds from street evangelism, and gifts from friends.

Today, she has been able to put eight of the kids into university, 24 into senior high school and several others into the basic level.

She has also been able to get several of them through life saving surgeries, even though there are more waiting for surgery due to lack of funds.

In all, three category winners received Gh₵30,000 while the other six finalists received also Gh₵10,000 each.

Emmanuel Annobil, whose Mental Health NGO bathes, clothes and feeds mentally retarded persons off the streets across the country won the health category.

He has impacted more than 2,000 mentally retarded persons with his work and he dreams to build a private shelter for the mentally retarded to augment government effort.

Serwah Quaynor, 67, of the Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre won the education category, while the economic empower prize went to 65-year-old Rev. Sanatu Nantogma of the Tumakavi Development Association.

This, MTN Heroes of Change feature special awards of GHC10,000 each, citations and hampers to five persons who did not make entries but had in the year under review used their influences to make positive impact on society.

The five were journalists Seth Kwame Boateng and Joseph Opoku Gakpo of the Multimedia Group, screen divas Yvonne Nelson and Yvonne Okoro, and ace hip-life musician Okyeame Kwame.

Acting Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Samuel Koranteng, has the passion to brighten lives of in communities.

“We have with us selfless individuals who are improving lives in line with our mission. The least we can do as a Foundation is to acknowledge, celebrate and reward them,” he stated.

This he said, in the space of 10 years, they have been able to positively impact lives through projects implemented in areas of health, education and economic empowerment to help Ghana achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030.

The event saw great artiste including award-winning Afro-pop sensation Kuami Eugene, gospel music minstrel Cee Twum, 75-year-old veteran high-lifer AB Crenstil and upcoming Afro-pop songstress Adoma passing through.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzoko/Newsghana.com.gh

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