The 2018 edition of Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) Heroes of Change, the fourth since it was launched, also dubbed: The grand finale of Season IV, has taken place in Accra, with Ms Naomi Esi Arku Amoah, emerging overall winner of the competition.


For her prize, Ms Amoah, Evangelist and Founder of the Royal Seed Home, an orphanage in Kasoa in the Central Region, took home a cash prize of one hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GH₵100,000) to support her charity works, which caters for abandoned babies and homeless children, some of who have reached the tertiary level of education, in addition to a plaque and citation.


Out of the over 1,000 nominations received from around the country by MTN Ghana Foundation, the corporate social investment arm of MTN Ghana and organizers of the programme, ten personalities distinguished themselves.


The ten MTN Heroes of Change finalists were judged on how their various initiatives in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment are impacting the lives of the intended beneficiaries.

They are Naomi Esi Arku Amoah, who won the ultimate prize, Linat Osman Kundaribuo, Ayisha Fuseini, Dr Quincy Attipoe, Dr Dzifa Dey, Rev. Prince Oduro Williams, Josephine Agbo Nettey, Mr Emmanuel Annobil, Madam Serwah Quaynor, Rev Mrs Sanatu Nangtoma and three others who picked the category awards.


The three are Mr Emmanuel Annobil, Founder of a Mental Health NGO based in Kaneshie, Accra, who won the Health category with his project that takes mental patients off the streets, refreshes them, feeds and clothes them, and re-integrates them into society; Madam Serwah Quaynor, who won the Education category with her project, the Autism Awareness Care and Training at Kokomlemle in Accra; and  Rev Mrs Sanatu Nangtoma, Founder of the Tumakavi Development Association in Tamale, who won the Economic empowerment category with a project on girl child education, women’s empowerment, eradication of poverty and the health of babies.


Three category winners were each presented with a cheque for thirty thousand Ghana cedis (GH₵30,000.00), a citation and a plaque.


The other six finalists – Ayisha Fuseini, Dr. Quincy Attipoe, Josephine Agbo-Nettey, Dr. Dzifa Dey, Prince Oduro Williams, and Linat Osman Kundaribuo – received ten thousand Ghana cedis, (Gh₵10,000.00) each to support their projects in addition to a citation and a hamper.


In an address, Mrs Samira Bawumia, wife of the Vice President and the Guest of Honour, underscored the importance of structures and support systems to facilitate and sustain social interventions and initiatives.


Mrs Samira, therefore, commended the winners for contributing to societal welfare and MTN Ghana for the recognition it had given to the Heroes and Heroines.


In a welcome address, Mr Samuel Koranteng, Acting Corporate Services Executive, MTN Ghana, said the Corporate Social Responsibility interventions on MTN were in line with the company’s mission of improving the quality of life of people in the communities where MTN operated.


Mr Koranteng said if, therefore, selfless individuals were improving lives in line with MTN’s mission, it was appropriate that the company acknowledged, celebrated and rewarded them.


He, therefore, pledged MTN’s preparedness to continue to commit resources into brightening lives through projects such as the MTN Heroes of Change.


In July 2013, MTN embarked on a mission to identify and recognize unsung heroes who are making a difference in their communities.  The search was for men and women, young or old, who have sacrificed their energies, time and other resources to improve their communities and help brighten the lives of people.


Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney, Esq.)




Created: 23 May 2018
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