These African Football Icons Are Doing Wonders Off The Pitch

Money makes the world goes round but a good heart makes the world go ahead in time.

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These football legends from Africa are doing wonders with their big hearts.

On the playing field they have made history and set records that will make their grandchildren proud of them.

However, their charitable exploits outside the pitch will make them outlive the memories of their grandchildren.

People who work, earn some amount of money (no matter how big or small it is) but unlike most of us these legends are using their hard earned money to make their society a much better place for everybody.

We have put together a number for you:


Michael Essien

The Michael Essien Foundation (MEF) is a local Ghanaian charity organization founded to create opportunities, hope & inspiration for the underprivileged in his hometown of Awutu Bereku area mainly and children all over Africa. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees

Every 2 years, Michael hosts World Football Stars in a football match between a select African 11 side led by himself and a world 11 side. It is a CHARITY FOOTBALL GAME to promote and rally support for Peace in Africa.

Health Africa International (HAI) is the health arm of the Michael Essien Foundation that focuses on the prevention and management of persistent but easily preventable diseases in Africa. The areas of focus include Ebola, Malaria, HIV, Infant and Maternal Mortality.


Didier Drogba

The Didier Drogba Foundation supports four groups of women in the municipality of Bouaflé (Ivory Coast) in partnership with the International Labour Organization.

These groups have benefited from capacity building in “simplified accounting and management of income-generating activities (IGA), access to microcredit and savings management”

The Didier Drogba Foundation also constructed its first clinic in Abidjan with the hope of making an Ivorian referral clinic.

Jay-Jay Okocha

Nigerian ex-international footballers, Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha established the JayJay Okocha Founded with his elder brother, Emmanuel Okocha.

The foundation is using football to raise awareness on the importance of Education, Peace and Unity for the economic growth of Nigeria.

It has already organized summer camps that helped under-privileged but talented soccer players to have access to a better life using football as tool to achieve this objective


Emmanuel Adebayor

Sheyi  Emmanuel Adebayor’s foundation called the SEA Foundation aims to fund and support youth projects in Togo which have the potential to be used as a blueprint help the rest of Africa.

This is Adebayor’s way of giving back. SEA Foundation is targeting the next generation of entrepreneurs, scientists, politicians and artists.

SEA has been providing supports to the Togo Entrepreneurs’ Forum. More than 300 entrepreneurs have received mentoring to develop sustainable grass-roots projects within the agricultural and technology sectors.

Recently, Adebayor embarked on a tour of Togo where he pledged to support more than 300 children through school.

Asamoah Gyan and Adebayor help to cleanup a gutter in Kumasi


Asamoah Gyan

The Asamoah Gyan Foundation has been doing a lot of projects for a lot of Ghanaian communities and institutions.

Some the Asamoah Gyan Foundation key projects include the Wenchi Water Projects, the construction of the Accra Academy Astro Turf, support to the Korle-Bu Cadio Centre, support to the victims of June 3 Disaster donation to the Suhum Ghana Blind Union.

He has reportedly spent GHC 2.1m on charitable activities.


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