The top 10 finalists for the MTN Heroes of Change awards were honored in an event hosted by the MTN Ghana Foundation.
These were the nominees that were thought to have carried out the most significant activities that made a significant contribution to the management of Covid 19.
The season’s episode was especially created to honor, uplift, and aid those who significantly aided Ghana’s fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.
The foundation’s three priority areas—health, education, and economic empowerment—were taken into consideration while choosing the winners, which were chosen based on their original ideas.
The winners each got a certificate, a citation, a gift hamper, and GHS 20,000 in cash to help them expand their initiatives and expand their audiences.
To find and honor unselfish individuals who give up their time and money to better their communities and the lives of others, MTN Heroes of Change was established in July 2013.
The earlier iterations mostly concentrated on programs targeted at the focal areas of the MTN Ghana Foundation, which include Economic Empowerment, Health, and Education.
Many of the awardees, many of whom had been trying to finance the renovations using their own resources and contributions from other donors, had emotional reactions to the occasion, which was highly attended and billed as a unique Covid relief improvement initiative.
Under the Education category, the recipient of this year’s Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) Journalist of the year award, Portia Gabor of TV3 was recognised along with Isaac Ofori of the Ebeyeyie Foundation.
In the Health category, Professor Bobi Barimah, former Director at Center for Plant Medicine Research, Professor William Ampofo, Coordinator for National Covid 19 Testing Network, Gloria Sarkodie Addo, a Psychiatric Nurse and David Hagan of Galaxy Foundation Ghana were honoured for their contribution in the health sector.
Madam Cecilia Gifty Fiaka of Nneka Foundation, Henry Assumeng Ankah of HEAN Foundation, Rhoda Kadoa Wedam of Son-Ba Empowerment Center, and
Patience Munayatu Agana were awarded for their work under the Economic Empowerment category.
Both the Board Chairman of the MTN Ghana Foundation and the CEO of MTN Ghana paid glowing tributes to the heroes for their sacrifices.
The CEO of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, said “Even though the Covid-19 pandemic was not a pleasant experience, it provided an opportunity to see the compassion, generosity, and selflessness of humans. I hope and believe that the work of our Covid Heroes will encourage other Ghanaians to emulate their laudable examples.”
Board Chairman for the MTN Ghana Foundation, Professor Franklyn Manu, said, “We launched the MTN Heroes of Change to recognize the work of Ghanaians who had dedicated their time and resources to improve their communities and brighten the lives of other people within their communities”.
“The far-reaching impact of the initiative we launched nine years ago is what we see today. Today’s heroes are special because of the unique circumstances under which these winners operated. You all deserve a round of applause”, Professor Manu added.
Guests at the awards event were entertained by Kwan Pa Band, El Dunamis choir and Kurl Songx.
In attendance were various dignitaries including Hon. Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah, Deputy Minister of Health, CEO of the Telecoms Chamber, Dr.. Ken Ashigbey, Prof Franklyn Manu, MTN Ghana Foundation Board Chairman, Dr Gloria Asare, MTN Ghana Foundation Board Member, MTN Executives, Heroes of Change Jury-Rev. Albert Ocran, Oheneyere Gifty Anti, amongst others.
On February 23, 2022, MTN Heroes of Change Season 6 (COVID Edition) debuted in order to honor people and organizations that have made noteworthy contributions to the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.
The selection of over 500 entries was narrowed down to 100 at first, then 30.
Each project location was visited by a team to confirm the entries.
The top 10 ideas were chosen by a panel of three judges and broadcast on television during a 13-week period.
MTN Heroes of Change has received several honors for its effect, including the Head of State Awards (HoSA) Scheme’s CSR Program of the Year 2015 and the 2016 IPR Best Community Relations Programme of the Year.