Exclusive: Newcastle United star Christian Atsu Empowering African Children as Arms Around the Child Ambassador

Christian Atsu: I’ve been involved in other charities in Ghana, I’ve been helping. Charity is something that I love doing (in my country). A lot of injustice is in Ghana and most African countries. I’ve seen this a lot and I want to help the kids go back to their families.

Wala Amara: Why is it important for people to know about this?

Christian Atsu: People need to see what’s going on in Africa and the other side of life in Africa, how injustice and a lot of it is happening in Africa. So for me, we need to make sure that the law works for everybody (throughout Ghana and the rest of Africa) and not only the poor.

Wala Amara: Right now, what would you say to these kids in Ghana and the rest of Africa?

Christian Atsu: Work hard and one day when you can, give back to the community like I did.

Wala Amara: What would you say to your other fellow footballers that may also be interested in getting involved in philanthropy?

Christian Atsu: I’d encourage them to get involved (with registered charities and positive causes) and get the right people (to help and work with) and do this out of love (to make a big difference in the community and beyond).

Wala Amara: The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations starts in June in Egypt where Ghana will be facing Benin on June 25 in their opening match of the tournament. You will no doubt be playing with the Black Stars, but what are your predictions for Ghana this year?

Christian Atsu: No game is going to be easy (for us at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations). The games are getting harder in this tournament. I know and believe that Ghana will be able to qualify (to the knockout stages of the tournament) and be able to win the (Africa Cup of Nations) trophy (for the first time since 1982).

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