After a disappointing end to Ghana’s campaign at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, there was no rest for Jonathan. On his return to Ghana, he embarked on a tour of Obuasi in the Ashanti Region. Obuasi is close to Jonathan’s heart as this is where it all began for him.
It was a trip he had planned to make two years ago but could not due to club and national team commitments.
“I wanted to make this trip two years ago but to allocate the time needed was always difficult because of my schedule,” said Jonathan. “I was able to allocate time this summer after the World Cup and it was great to be able to visit so many places in Obuasi with my family and friends.”
Jonathan along with his family and friends visited schools, orphanages, community centre’s and also took time out to mingle with some of his old friends.
“It was a way to give back to the community. A community that gave me so much growing up and where i took my first steps into professional football.” He added: “It was also a great opportunity for me to assess for myself, how i can help this community in the future. I will be sitting down with my family, community and advisors to plan what my social responsibility and construct something for the community soon.”
Several institutions and people from the community benefited from Jonathan’s tour of Obuasi such as, The Islamic Educational Complex, The Adullam Orphanage, Obuasi Secondary High School and many more.
“I’m lucky to be in a position to be able to support the less privileged.” said Jonathan. “Sometimes it isn’t all about the money but literally your presence can lift their morale and inspire them.” He continued: “Feeding the homeless on the streets and the many happy faces I encountered were the highlights for me.”
Jonathan rounded off his summer activities by celebrating his birthday with the Children at the Royal Seed Home Orphanage in Kasoa.