Madam Paulina Opai, Founder of "Save Our Lives" Orphanage was full of tears of joy as she was declared winner of the 2016 MTN Heroes of Change Top Prize in the midst of some of her children.
She carried home a cash prize of 100,000ghc, a plaque and citation which was presented by the CEO of MTN Mr. Eben Asante.
The event took place at the Accra International Conference Centre, and it was spiced with entertainment from Steve Bedi, Becca, Kwabena Kwabena, the El Dunamis Choir and Abena, first runner-up at last year’s MTN Hit-Maker talent contest.
The MTN Heroes of Change finalists was judged on how their various initiatives in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment are impacting the lives of the intended beneficiaries.
After 13 weeks of telling television viewers about the various projects they have initiated to benefit folks in their various communities through the MTN Heroes of Change II series, the 10 finalists and the rest of the world would tonight, February 19 know who walks away with the ultimate prize.
An independent panel of judges selected three category winners and an ultimate MTN Hero of Change. The ultimate winner got project support of GH¢100, 000.00 while each of the category winners will receive GH¢20,000. The other seven finalists will receive GH¢5,000.
The 10 personalities in contention for the prizes were Dr. Emmanuel Bidzaikii, Nakpanduri (Northern Region); Isaac Adjaottor, Ada Foah (Greater Accra); Emmanuel Quartey, James Town (Greater Accra); Nayina Karim, Karaga (Northern Region) and Nicholas Kuma, Bolgatanga (Upper East).
Pastor Joseph Jehu-Appiah, Apam (Central Region); Paul Semeh, James Town (Greater Accra), Salome Francois, Cantonments (Greater Accra) and Paulina Opei, Anwia Nkwanta (Ashanti Region) made up the other set.
They made it to the final event out of over 1000 nominations received from around the country by the MTN Ghana Foundation which is the force behind the programme.
The night was very classic as the CEO of MTN Eben Asante commended all heroes in their own rights and ways and expressed joy in doing good alongside business.
Pastor Joseph Jehu-Appiah, Apam (Central Region) received the prize for Education, Dr. Emmanuel Bidzaikii, Nakpanduri (Northern Region) got the special award for Health, whilst Nayina Karim, Karaga (Northern Region) collected the award for Education in the three categories that MTN Foundation is focused on.
The highest texter Mohammed Yusif Omar who texted 3,147 times was also honoured, with MC of the event Kwame Sefa Kayi congratulating his "Yam" phone which won the most texts. Immediately MTN announced a new phone foe the winner.