Stanbic Bank adopts Hakeem, the street boy who won a national essay competition

Stanbic Bank adopts Hakeem, the street boy who won a national essay competition

Stanbic Bank has offered to support Abdul Hakeem Alhassan Aremeyaw, the boy who, as reported by, ended up on the streets of Accra despite representing Ghana after winning an essay competition.

Stanbic Bank's support forms part of the company's social responsibility. Stanbic will see the brilliant Hakeem further his education in an environment which would horpefully enable him to realise his dream of becoming a pilot.

The bank has also expressed intentions to set aside GHC 50,000 as the seminal contribution to a fund to help deal with issues relating to streetism in the country.

At the ceremony for Hakeem over the weekend on March 8, 2019, the CEO of Stanbic Bank , Alhassan Andani said: “There are many Hakeems that this country must make good therefore we at Stanbic would like to initiate a study to get to the bottom of the problem of streetism.

We are by this setting aside GHC 50,000 as seed capital for the study”.

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Stanbic Bank adopts Hakeem, the street boy who won a national essay competition

Hakeem Aremeyaw (in the blue shirt) with some officials at his adoption ceremony by the bank. Photo credit:
Source: UGC earlier reported the emotional story of 13-year-old Abdul-Hakeem Alhassan Aremeyaw, who, after winning an essay competition and representing Ghana in an event in China, came back on the streets because of a lack of support.

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Aremeyaw apparently distinguished himself as the best pupil when an essay competition saw him emerging the best.

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According to the young man, selected schools were asked to task their pupils to write on what they wanted to be in the future and how to achieve the aim. Aremeyaw's winning essay stated that he wanted to be a pilot.

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The young man knew that his dream meant he had to know about aeronautical engineering, an odd realisation for a Ghanaian child that young.

As a winner of the competition, he got the opportunity to represent Ghana in China, where he attended mentorship programmes to help get him on the path to being a pilot.

But the young boy would return to Ghana and to the streets because he had no one to support him.

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