UK- based partly-Ghanaian songstress, Sarah Teibo, who is on a week-long tour to Ghana, has appealed to corporate organisations, civil society organisations and philanthropists to prioritise addressing the needs of underprivileged communities in the country, one person at a time.
According to the MOBO nominee, many communities in Ghana lack a number of social amenities that government alone cannot tend to, hence the need for not just other organisations, but also individuals, to augment government’s effort.
The ‘Steal My Joy’ hit maker was speaking on ‘making a difference through philanthropy,’ an event organised by the Rotary Club of SekondiTakoradi in the Western Region
As part of her tour, she was at the launch of the Takoradi Chapter of ‘This Girl Can’, a mentoring platform spearheaded by the Charles Buckman Foundation for young boys and girls, that encourages the youth to abstain from sex, develop their career for a successful life and build self-confidence.
Here, she not only gave a crowd stirring musical performance, but also shared her own personal story of coming out of poverty, and her drive and determination to excel which have led to her being a top professional in the field of finance as well as an award winning gospel singer.
While in SekondiTakoradi, where the mother partly hails from, the UK-based gospel singer and philanthropist paid a courtesy call on the Omanhene of Essikado, Nana Kobina Nketsia IV, then visited Captain Schools which aim at alleviating poverty through high quality free tuition for the less privileged in society.
She presented books that she had collected from the UK as part of a ‘Book Drive’ she is initiating for the school and also met with opinion leaders in the community.
Mrs.Teibo is gradually becoming an international Icon, following the release of her debut album, ‘Walk With Me,’ on all digital music platforms in May, last year.
The event was unveiled with a live gig at London’s 606 Jazz Club and subsequently bagged her a MOBO nomination for ‘Best Gospel’ in the same year and ‘Best Album 2017’ at the prestigious Premier Gospel Awards, UK.
This was a follow-up from her debut single ‘Steal My Joy’ which was a huge success late 2015, charting at number two in the UK Step-FWD Christian charts in December 2015.
In her 11-track debut album, which ranges from soulful, infectious numbers such as ‘New Day’ and special’ to bouncing up-tempo tunes like ‘I will sing’ and deeply inspiring tracks ‘Keep The Faith,’ Sarah fuses her uniquely soulful, yet contemporary style and powerful lyrics to produce a new and exciting sound.
Undoubtedly, some music critics have described her debut album as fresh, urban and yet classic.
She independently organized and co-headlined a concert with Stellar Award nominated Lisa McClendon in August 2016 in London UK and was the first Gospel Artiste to sell out a headline gig at the Hard Rock Café, London in January, 2017.
The UK-based gospel singer and philanthropist is scheduled for live performances in various venues in the capital, Accra this weekend before her departure back to the UK on Monday.
Her music is now available for streaming in Ghana via MTN Music, and can also be downloaded on ITunes, Amazon Music, the Google Play Store and her website www.sarahteibo.co.uk
By BismarkAdika/William Ankra