Marie-Claire Rupio, the wife of the late Christian Atsu, has conveyed that the former Ghanaian international possessed not only exceptional talent but also a genuinely compassionate nature.
Atsu’s remarkable philanthropic endeavors and numerous acts of kindness left an indelible mark on countless lives, bringing about positive transformations as he traversed from West Africa to Western Europe and ultimately to the Middle East.
Among his charitable initiatives was his support for an orphanage named Becky’s Foundation. He played a pivotal role in transforming a children’s home in the coastal Ghanaian town of Senya Beraku into a functional school. His engagement went beyond financial assistance, as he frequently visited the facility, earning the affectionate title of “father” from some of the children.
Upon his remains being repatriated to Ghana, the nation observed a traditional week-long period of mourning. Atsu was further honored with a state funeral in the capital city of Accra, attended by hundreds of people, including Ghana’s president, who came to bid their final farewells.
“He helped a lot of charities, even in the UK,” said his widow. “He’s helped a lot of people in Ghana. You can’t really talk just about [his] talent, he’s been a good person as well.
“The people who are close do know that, even from the outside as well, they have seen it.
“He’s built a school for children in Ghana and that’s something that not everybody would do if they have money.”
Atsu’s philanthropic actions extended beyond borders, reflecting his commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.