mENAYEBrains, beauty, talent and limitless potential are just a few of the immeasurable gifts that Africa exports to the world. Since we do not have the time nor the space to go through them all at once, we can begin enumerating Africa?s gems one at a time. This time, we will focus on?Menaye Donkor.

Menaye is a Ghanaian ? Canadian model who was raised in Accra, Ghana. She was born the youngest sibling in her family and is married to Sulley Muntari. Her husband Muntari is also a Ghanaian icon in his own right, and a star on the football field for both the Ghanaian team and A.C. Milan. Menaye got her start in modeling after winning the title of Miss Universe Ghana in 2004, a milestone which sent her into the spotlight. She has since gotten herself involved in entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Menaye studied Marketing at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Due to her fame, Menaye has appeared on the covers of numerous Ghanaian magazines. She was recently listed as one of the 15 most influential?Ghanaians?in Canada.

Although Menaye has achieved enough fame to proceed in a nonchalant manner, she has instead chosen to spend her time giving back to her continent. Not only does Menaye win awards and recognition for herself, she is also aggressively involved in the advancement of the African continent. She founded the Menaye Charity which raises funds to help underprivileged children receive an education, a privilege they would have otherwise not have been able to receive. What better way is there to improve the future of Africa than to educate its youth and children? As the saying goes, ?education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.? Menaye not only founded a charity, but she is also heavily involved with the Menaye School of Hope, which educates underprivileged children at no cost to them. With that being said, the best gift to give to the children of Africa is an education. As a result, hundreds of African children have been equipped with the tools to battle poverty, hunger, and other third world ills.

Menaye has contributed invaluably to the future of the African continent. She has positively leveraged the influential position she was given to contribute to the betterment of humankind, and more specifically, the African people. For this, she deserves a commendation, and we hope that other Africans take a few leaves from her book.

Keep up the good work Menaye!