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19 February 2016

Ghana’s Kofi Amigosten Amoah is SDLG’s ‘Most Reliable Person in Africa’

First published16/02/2016
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Kofi Amigosten Amoah with Denis Pylyser
Kofi Amigosten Amoah (left) with his new motorcycle presented by managing director of the SMT dealership in Ghana, Denis Pylyser
The hands-on head of the ‘On the Road’ charity in Accra, Ghana has been voted SDLG’s ‘Most Reliable Person in Africa’.

Kofi Amigosten Amoah won this year’s annual competition run by the Chinese construction and quarrying equipment manufacturer – driven by voting on the SDLG website and Facebook page.

The Ghanaian social campaigner swept other finalists aside by taking 53% of the votes, boosted by the relentless energy he exerts towards his good causes. In recognition of his victory, SDLG and SMT, its Ghanaian dealer, will now work alongside Kofi to support a project of his choosing, supplying SDLG construction equipment, building expertise and funding.

Additional to his ‘Most Reliable Person in Africa’ award and in recognition of his ‘On the Road’ organisation, Kofi was presented with a new motorcycle by managing director of the SMT dealership in Ghana, Denis Pylyser. SMT is the sole distributor of SDLG Equipment in Ghana and provides full service and spares support to customers throughout the country.

The ‘On the Road’ charity in Ghana is a force for good that stems from Kofi’s passion for his beloved motorcycle. He can often be found loading his bike with everything from food for the hungry to chalk for schools – which he then delivers all over Ghana helping those in need.

With a background in social work, Kofi uses his journeys to educate those he meets about social inclusion. “Disability, for example, carries a dreadful stigma here, whereby families may even neglect their own,” says Kofi. “I use my travels to encourage people to support the handicapped.”

While on these travels Kofi has also seen how dangerous the roads can be. “I have witnessed many accidents and as a result I feel compelled to be a voice for road safety,” he says. He now often discusses this issue with the authorities and other road users. “It is all about being informed. I am a great believer that with knowledge we can make a difference; we can make our roads safer.”

Speaking at a presentation held at the SMT dealership in Ghana’s capital, Accra, Kofi said that winning is incredible and gives recognition to the work he's doing. “The work that’s dearest to me is fronting social development here in Ghana, supporting children who face disability or suffer extreme poverty and helping inform people about road safety,” he said. “This SDLG Most Reliable Person in Africa competition has already given my work and that of my fellow finalists hugely important exposure, both here on the African continent and well beyond our shores.”

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