Ex-President of the United States of America (USA), Barack Obama has chosen ex-Ghana midfielder King Osei Gyan to be part of his Leaders Africa programme to shape the talent of emerging leaders on the continent.
This follows a released by the former President’s foundation which had Gyan as part of the individuals who will help in the nurturing of the talent process.
King, 29, is a former Black Star midfielder, among 200 young Africans, the Obama Foundation has cherry-picked as the people, President Obama believes can inspire and empower Africa to a better future.
King, at his early who lived in a poor neighbourhood of Nima a suburb of Accra, Ghana, has been graciously moved from ‘grass to grace’ as he has been recognised by President Obama as one of the few, emerging leaders in Africa.
The midfielder has out of this expressed great excitement as he thinks the breakthrough was the least he expected.
He said, "When I think back to my childhood, it was not exactly written in the stars, that I would be in this situation”, adding that, “I grew up in a place where people must depend on miracles, and this makes me determined to change this paradigm in my community.”
He then advised that, there should be a strengthening and building system that will allow people to realise their dreams and not be held back by realities.
He emphasised that people need opportunities if they have a talent and irrespective of where they are born, they still need opportunities.
King applauded the Right to Dream Academy where he was given the opportunity to nurture his talent and said he credits the Academy for his breakthrough.