Dennis Amoabeng: From UPSA To Championing The Wellbeing Of Underprivileged Kids

Dennis Amoabeng

Dennis Amoabeng, 25, is an alumnus of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), where he studied Business Administration.

His passion to see to the well-being of less privileged kids propelled him to set up Let’s Smile Africa, a non-governmental organization (NGO), to provide life’s basic needs such as food, clothing, education, and health support for kids who lack them.

“I am naturally passionate about kids and I want to make an impact in the lives of less privileged kids,” he said. “Impacting lives has always been a big deal for me,” he added.

Dennis founded Let’s Smile Africa in 2017, during his third year at UPSA. According to him, it was not easy when he started. He recounts that he had to solicit funds from friends and family and sold every gadget he had to raise funds for his projects. “At some point, I even had to convince a friend to see his stuff to fund me,” he added.

Let’s Smile Africa

However, Dennis did not give up and kept on working to ensure that the needs of underprivileged kids in Ghana are met. So far, he and his team, have been able to organize several projects, as well as, carrying out donations, delivering empowerment talks, and organizing edutainment events for kids.

Some of these projects were sponsored by Promasidor Ghana. He has also had musicians like Keche, Freda Rhymes, Eddie Khay, and actors like Prince David Osei, Cyril, and George from YOLO fame, help promote his charity events.

Waakye Festival and Likky

Dennis’s passion for the well-being of underprivileged kids inspired him to create an event that will serve as an avenue to raise funds.

He started the Waakye Festival in 2019 with the aim of bringing people, especially young adults, together to have fun and most importantly, purchase and eat the popular Ghanaian dish, waakye.

2019 Waakye Festival

The event also seeks to celebrate Ghanaian culture through fashion, and according to Dennis, proceeds of the event are used to support street kids.

Aside from Let’s Smile Africa and Waakye Festival, Dennis also set up Likky ice cream in 2020. According to him, he started Likky ice cream to serve African ice cream consumers the best and tasty ice creams. “I started Likky Ice cream because I wanted to create a superior ice cream brand in Ghana and beyond,” he said.

Likky ice cream

Future goals

Dennis also shared what he wants to achieve with his organizations.

“I hope to build a lovely home for street kids, help them pursue their dreams, and help in some way to eradicate child hunger in Africa.”

“I also hope that Waakye Festival will become a stand-out event that can bring our families and friends in the diaspora home to celebrate our culture and provide for kids while eating waakye.”

“And for Likky, I want to continue providing the best, nutritious, and tasty products. I also want to establish higher heights in the ice cream business in almost every African country.”

He also wants to help reduce the rate of unemployment in Ghana, establish more organizations, do well financially and become and top philanthropist.


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