Living in world where selfless acts of devotion are underappreciated, We must shed light on those who inspire the our generation to make the world a better place. CEO/Founder of RozaayMGMT Randy Osei has created a platform that has served various communities globally. The Brampton native started the “ RozaayMGMT Book & Sneaker Drive in Fall of 2017, where he began collecting shoes and books to donate to schools and orphanages back in Ghana. Randy saw a problem in Ghana due to the lack of educational resources and access to greater opportunities. That was the harsh reality for a kid in Ghana, whereas in first world country, children have the necessary tools in pursuit of a better life. The first step was spreading awareness across The Greater Toronto Area. RozaayMGMT hosted various events to collect shoes and books, also with the help of NBA athletes and personnel helped raised funds for their initiative. I had the opportunity to support Randy with his humanitarian initiative and conduct an interview with him too. It was quite refreshing hearing some insight being the RozaayMGMT Book and Sneaker Drive.
R: The Idea for RMBSD launched back in 2016. After a successful NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, I decided that I wanted to go back to Ghana to visit for the first time ever. So I booked a flight for my Dad and I, and when i got there, i was so overwhelmed with emotions to finally be home that I was brought to tears. My tip only lasted 10 days, but while there I saw a lot of kids not in school, working in the markets and not many had shoes that would sustain the tough African terrain.
But that’s not the main reason as to why I started the RMBSD; I looked at all those kids and saw myself in them. I said to myself “if my parents didn’t find ways to Canada, I could have been one of these children”. I got back to Toronto and began to put together a project in which I can give back to Ghana and also Toronto.
H: What are some Challenges that occurred during this project?
R: Challenges for me this year was being able to juggle so many things at once. Running a company full time by myself and running the passion project was extremely tough because their is only so many hours in a day. With that being said, I had to turn to my dad and best friend for support. With their help and a lot of people within my network, we were able to get over our biggest hurdle, raising money. We had a goal of raising $20,000 through the year 2 campaign but fell short and only raised $12,000.
We figured out some things out and brought forth partners and sponsors that helped alleviate some costs. We would like to thanks the Townsend Team for sponsoring this year’s RMBSD and also Summer Hill Estates and Ghanalink for taking care of our accommodations while we were in Ghana.
H: Where do you see the RMBSD in the next 5 years?
R: In 5 years, I definitely see the project becoming way more. We want to create sustainable solutions to grow the game of basketball in Ghana. Next year, we would like to bring down some high level coaches to host a coaches clinic. We also want to buy basketball nets for all orphanages and schools that we’ve visited. We also plan to refurbished basketball courts as well. I see this project going across multiple countries and touching more and more lives.
Figure: Randy Osei
Interviewer: Hussein Abdullahi
Thanks: @RozaayMGMT, @randyrozaay, @tgg.inc, @StevenVan