“Some people have a heart of gold; others have a heart of stone; some people have a broken heart; others have a hole-in-heart; some need restoration; others need salvation; for some it’s appreciation; others need your donation”.
These are the introductory lyrics in Nii Okai’s song – Saving Hearts, which won VGMA Music for Development Award. The award-winning song features Dr Ijeoma Mekomam and doubles as the theme song for his Saving Hearts Project.
The Saving Hearts Project was launched in December 2013 in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Nii Okai’s debut hit album – Moko be. The project seeks to raise funding for 10 heart surgeries to benefit 10 needy Ghanaians under the age of 10, in collaboration with the Ghana Heart Foundation.
The project song was recorded live and released last year as part of the awareness campaign for the Saving Hearts Tour which hit several parts of the country and beyond, notably Takoradi, Kumasi, Koforidua, Accra and the United Kingdom where well-meaning Ghanaians, corporate organisations and church groups donated graciously towards the project.
“We started off the year with 2 successful surgeries in favour of Frimpong Kuma and Godsway Egli, and 2 others are currently undergoing tests and final approvals for us to make the necessary payments. This endorsement by the World Bank via the VGMA award is testament to the fact that God is with us and the boundary lines have indeed fallen for us in pleasant places. I want to dedicate this award to all teammates, partners and beneficiaries of the Saving Hearts Project and softly urge corporate Ghana to come on board”. Comments Nii Okai made upon winning the award.
House of Virtue, Nii Okai’s management, is currently planning an unprecedented launch of his Saving Hearts album on Friday ‘May Day’ and promises a trend-setting product which will raise more funding for the Saving Hearts Project. Trinity, one of the tracks on the album is said to be already topping some music charts and putting smiles on the faces of ‘Mokobe’ lovers.