GHRBS: Adidas Ambassador & Student Athlete ‘Glenn Owusu’
Champion, Athlete, Ghanaian, 20years old, personal best, Adidas, Pride of Haringey and determination are some of the words entailing a story describing young student athlete Glenn Owusu. MeFiri Ghana is excited to bring you an exclusive interview featuring Mr Glenn himself, who chatted away inspiring moments, blossoming with empowerment and passion.
MFG: Tell The Team Your real Name?
GO: Glenn Kofi Owusu-Aborah
MFG: How Young Are You?
GO: I am 20 years young
MFG: Where were you raised?
GO: I grew up in North London, in Broad Water Farm Estate, a place I have lived ever since birth.
MFG: Tell ‘MeFiRi GHANA’ – are both your Parents of GHANAIAN DESCENT?
GO: I can confirm that both my parents are of a Ghanaian descent, both from the Ashanti Region from what I can recollect.
MFG: What exactly do you do?
GO: I’m an Aspiring Athlete studying Sport Exercise and Health Sciences at Coventry University, also proud founder of ‘Universal Smiles’, my Charity.
MFG: Who do you represent?
GO: Within the last year GOD has blessed me with the opportunity to work with popular sports brand Adidas. They helped to sharpen up my status via providing me with the opportunity to become the ‘PRIDE OF HARINGEY’. Adidas also guided me towards the launching of my charity. ‘Universal Smiles’ was launched by myself and some friends, includingTottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe and highly known rapper Wretch 32.
MFG: How did Your Charity ’Universal Smiles’ kick off?
GO: I believe God had planned what is now unravelling. I became more determined to follow my passion when sadly I lost a close friend Godwin Lawson in 2010. His death brought in a sheer drive to pursue something positive and inspire my peers and others. I have always been blessed with being good with words and ‘Universal Smiles’ seemed to be a perfect choice to describe the work we are doing.
MFG: How did seeing yourself around Haringey billboards & buses feel?
GO: They were and will be moments in my life I will savour forever. Honestly I was humbled and very grateful to everyone who helped me get to that stage.
MFG: What response did you receive?
GO: It was a great feeling to receive all the nice messages and congratulatory remarks from everyone and I am blessed that God had this planned for my life. I’m grateful.
MFG: Can you imagine yourself doing anything else apart from your desired Passion?
GO: One day by GOD’s Grace I aim to open an orphanage in my motherland, welcoming all those who are in less fortunate position than me and you. I also see myself running for GHANA at the upcoming Olympic Games if granted the opportunity. Pray For Me
MFG: Share your Best Motivation Line?
GO: “One thing that I have desired from the Lord, that one thing will I seek for”
MFG: Are you proud to STATE; “MeFiri GHANA”?
GO: This goes without saying I may have been born in the UK but my heart is 100% Ghanaian. I can proudly say “MeFiri Ghana”Now, Tomorrow and Beyond. Mi Y3 Ghana Ni!!!!
MFG: Do you think your Culture Has Influenced your chosen pathway?
GO: I think it has moulded me into the person I am today as I was brought up by a family who lived by culture and abided by it in their everyday lives. We persevere till we get to our destined goals and do not settle for anything other than the best.
MFG: What do you Love about GHANA & Why Do you love being GHANAIAN?
GO: Nothing is better than the food we make! Ghanaian food is one of the main attractions to me, and every Ghanaian is well fed! That is a well-known fact! Lol. I love being a Ghanaian simply because I enjoy and support the values we have, the relationships we have with each other makes each separate family come together to be one big family. I love the unity that we show as a nation.
MFG: What do you want to Achieve from what you do, & what will You Do with it?
GO: My future aspirations come in abundance – I want to graduate from my university with a good degree, I also want to ensure that our charity can excel from one step to another and at the same time I want to be able to represent Ghana at an Olympic Games.
I have a national Gold Medal to my name and an abundance of other Gold medals and records to be proud of but nothing would make me more fulfilled than representing the motherland in the Olympics. With this I hope to have an effect on a diverse amount of different groups in Ghana and work towards getting recognition for all the work we do as a team.
MFG: What have you to offer Ghana?
GO: I have my determination, passion and desire to offer Ghana, I have an ambition to make people’s lives better and inspire them to become someone in life and let them know that whoever you are and whatever your circumstance, there is always an opportunity out there for you. I believe I owe Ghana a lot for providing the traditions and culture that I have based my life on for the last 20 years.
MFG: Did you attend ‘The Ghana Youth Day’ 2012?
I was unable to attend Ghana Youth Day unfortunately, I am aware it provided a positive correlation with the aims of my Charity which is why I am so determined to work with Me Firi Ghana.
I am fully aware of it purpose which entails responding to the recent sad death of all these young men with potential to be someone in life,so reading the purpose of what the Ghana Youth Day aims to do is a very inspirational and motivational thing. It makes people glad to be a part of such a great organisation.
MFG: When next will you touch down in Ghana & who would you like to work with?
GO: I am due to be in Ghana next year and I am currently searching for a number of different orphanages in Ghana to bring the whole Universal Smiles aspect, which will be a success.
I would like to work with a varied range of people who are already Ambassadors of Ghana. Currently I’m exploring the different avenues in which to do so. GOD is so wonderful, I happen to be very close to the both 2011 and 2012 winners of Miss Ghana, who both entail ideas of making their mark in Ghana. I am also in awe of the work upcoming musicians are engraving, artists in the form of Vibe Squad, SKOB and all the other upcoming talented people. I would be very happy to work with them and make them the face of the charity.
I would also like to work with the sports ministers and get more information as to how I can run for GHANA.
MFG: Where Can We Catch Up With your latest Movements?
GO: I am never too far away.
Follow me on twitter: @gowusu24
Facebook: Glenn Kofi Owusu.
*Glenn Owusu MeFiri Ghana salute you, continue to deliver your VIM drive and exceptional excellence in results. You are and will continue to act as a ‘Youth Ambassador’ to our youthful Ghanaian generation. Your life so far entails a track of success and beauty, we pray for more success in your favour. With Glenn’s tale, many other youths will be inspired by his pure devotion. *
An honour to GHANA.
May Your Soul Rest In Perfect Peace
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