Kwame Nsiah-Apau, the acclaimed philanthropist and musician has pledged to raise at least GH¢1million for the Endowment Fund of the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation.
The John Agyekum Foundation recently launched a series of activities to raise about GH¢80million for an Endowment Fund which will facilitate the Foundation’s work in the areas of leadership, governance and economic empowerment.
The launch of the Endowment Fund, was in line with the ‘80 for 80’ campaign, which seeks to raise GH¢80million (US$15million) to commemorate the upcoming 80th birthday of former President Kufuor on December 8.
To achieve the goal, the Foundation, unveiled some notable personalities and tasked them as ambassadors to spearhead the fundraising drive on particular fronts. Okyeame Kwame, one of the ambassadors, was tasked to use arts and entertainment to raise funds for the Foundation.
“I am very honoured to be associated with the JAK Foundation. Looking at the activities of the foundation and how these activities will significantly impact the social, cultural and economic fabric of our society, I can only pledge to help raise at least GH¢1million.
I think President Kufuor has served Ghana very well, and even after exiting office as President, he still thinks about how to help with development. His humility and selflessness move me, and I am humbled to be helping such a noble cause,” Okyeame said.
In the past weeks, the rapper has hinted about some activities he would to use to raise money for the Foundation. They include a musical concert that will feature three top Ghanaian musicians, namely Daddy Lumba, Kojo Antwi and Amakye Dede, and a series of art exhibitions to be held in locations across the country.
Speaking ahead of an art festival, known as AU Art Festival, to help raise funds for the JAK Foundation Endowment Fund, Okyeame Kwame said he is really honoured to be employed by His Excellency to be part of such an honourable gesture.
On 1st June, 2018, at the Golden Tulip Accra, OK Communication and Malaika Media will be organising the AU Art Festival. This festival will showcase the talent and creativity of 40 young artist painting amazing portrait and designs that will be auctioned to the highest bidder.
Former President J.A. Kufour will be there from 10am to 12pm to add his autograph to the works that are sold. Professor Mike Aaron Ocqauye, the Speaker of Parliament will serve as the special guest of honour. The AU Art Festival will then run for the next three day and end on 3rd June.
Okyeame Kwame, over the years, has positioned himself to be relevant beyond music. He is a health, climate change, and cultural ambassador. A few days ago, he was given a special honour as an MTN Hero of Change where he said, his life without charity would have been a life without purpose.
With a Masters’ degree in Marketing Strategy from the UG Business School, Okyeame is the brain behind OK Communications Ltd, formerly Firm Bridges Communications, which has been executing major marketing communications strategies for leading companies in the country.
The former president envisions an establishment of a peaceful, well governed and economically sustainable society in Ghana and Africa on the pillars of the foundation -leadership, governance and economic development.
In raising GH¢80million, the foundation plans to allocate amounts for its projects including US$5million to be used to construct an ultra-modern centre for leadership and governance, while the remaining US$10million will be invested into an Endowment fund. The returns on the investment in this fund will be used in the running of various projects of the foundation.
These projects include: The Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP), The Kufuor Young Entrepreneurs Network, Annual lecture Series on Governance and Development, The Kufuor Election Observers Groups, and The Kufuor Prize for Best Community Leadership.
The ultra- modern Kufuor centre for Leadership and Governance, a facility under construction on the campus of University of Ghana, Legon when completed would seat 500 people in its state-of-the-arts auditorium and other facilities such as conference halls, library, 15 offices plus a presidential suit, five seminars and mentoring halls, and recreational and restaurant facilities.
This would be the centre for all activities of the foundation, from the Kufuor scholars programme to the annual lectures among others. Activities lined to help the foundation raising the money includes Fundraising dinner in May, celebrity walk in June, John & Jazz Night in June, a musical concert in September, soccer match in October, gala night in December, and thanksgiving service in December.