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Nana Eyeson Akiwowo
Place of Residence: New York, N.Y.
Why she is a Community Hero: Akiwowo helps to provide adequate health care in her parents’ homeland of Ghana via her African Health Now NGO.
Although Nana Eyeson Akiwowo enjoys the freedoms and access to proper healthcare in the United States, many people in her parents’ homeland, Ghana, are not as fortunate.
After her father suffered a heart attack in the African nation, Akiwowo was moved by the community’s willingness to rally around one another and bring her father back to health.
It was then Akiwowo was inspired to create African Health Now as a way to end the healthcare disparity in Ghana and bring light to a growing situation across the continent.
In a phone interview with NewsOne, Akiwowo was gracious in lending her time and further explaining the African Health Now initiative going forward, delving into how African tradition is a prominent part of her aims, and much more. In our brief chat, Akiwowo’s humility was refreshing and her infectious desire to do more should inspire many.
“I don’t think I’m a community hero. I just think I am a product of an environment and a culture that as Africans, we’ve always been accustomed to helping someone in need,” shared Akiwowo. Learning this benevolence from her father, who arrived in the states years ago and brought friends and family along, the current New York native simply finds herself following that grand example.
“Truthfully, that sense of looking out for one another is a strong thing in not just African culture, but immigrant African and Caribbean-American culture as well,” she added. “It made sense for us to take care of one another, and to provide an organic base of support.”