Togolese international football star, Emmanuel Adebayor officially launched his SEA Foundation in a grand event at his plush Trasaco Valley Mansion on Friday night. His passion to help the poor and needy by bringing collective reliefs to societies across the African continent became apparent while giving his speech at the well attended event.
“I saw a little boy cry outside my house and I thought to myself I know what he needed, money. But after going inside for some time I was told he was still crying outside and so I decided to go see what was wrong with him. It was there he told me his mother has just passed away and that there was no money to put his mother in the coffin and to bury her.”
“It was during this emotional revelation that the boy’s cell phone rang and the message was that his dad has also just passed away and there he was on the floor in my garden in uncontrollable tears.”
Adebayor continued: “At a point in time I didn’t want to believe, because this is Africa and people will do anything for money. So I had him take me to his house where we saw her mother dead with many wailing at the compound. And he also took me to his father’s place where the place was virtually empty and the corpse was just on the floor because people thought there was a problem with both mother and father dying within a space of three hours. I then decided to help with everything and take care of the boy. This story has been with me till today where we are gladly opening this foundation,” he added.
Adebayor’s foundation has been operational for some time now. He brought joy to the people of Sokode in the northern part of Togo by providing thousands of dollars towards the enhancement of infrastructure.
He also opened two water projects in the twin cities of Hamile and Koro in the Upper Wsest Region of Ghana in the same year.
Awards were given on the event night to Ghana FA boss, Kwasi Nyantakyi, ex-Ghana international Nii Odartey Lamptey, Adebayor’s publicist Foussena Djagba, Ghana FA Communications Director Ibrahim Sannie-Daara amongst others for the roles they played in the formation and operationalisation of the foundation as well as their contribution towards the development of football across the African continent.