Gospel artiste, Celestine Donkor has recounted how legendary Ghanaian boxer Azumah Nelson offered her a lifeline when all hopes seemed to have evaporated into thin air years ago.
According to Celestine, she was brilliant at school but her humble background nearly stalled her progress to senior high school until God intervened through the great sportsman.
She said she met Azumah Nelson in church after her school mother invited her to sing at their church. Azumah Nelson approached her after her performance and he willingly decided to support her in school.
She made her submission when she was engaged by Stacy Amotaeng on her show, Restoration.
In her words: “I was one of the few students who passed with distinction in our district. Because of money, everyone was furthering their education but for me. I wept. My mother also wept. I prayed and asked God why?”
“I prayed to God to take my life. I was young. I was overwhelmed by the challenges I faced. I was the best student in my class from primary school through to JSS”, she recalled. “I was one of the few students who passed with distinction in our district. Because of money, everyone was furthering their education but for me. I wept. My mother also wept. I prayed and asked God why?”
“My first choice was Labone Secondary School. My name was on the list. We were told how much to pay. My parents tried to raise the money but they couldn’t. After a month, they were able to raise funds but the school said admission was over.”
“I saw an advert on TV about a new school, Insaaniyya Senior High School, so I told my parents to take me there for inquiries. It was a new school with a nice environment and we were the first batch”,
“We were just about going on vacation. I usually sang during morning devotion. My school mother called me and asked me to sing. She said she wanted to take me to her church to go and sing. We went, I sang, people showered money on me. When I was done, a man walked up to me and asked where my parents were. I said they were home. He said he wanted to give me a scholarship. I didn’t know who he was. It was later that they told me he’s Azumah Nelson, the renowned Ghanaian boxer,” she recalled.