Rita Marley Doing Some Good in Ghana
RITA MARLEY: A philanthropist and a patriot
The renowned reggae queen and wife of Bob Marley, Rita
Marley is indeed a true philanthropist and patriot to
She has initiated several projects in her local
community in Ghana and other parts of the country.
Owing to her enormous contribution to the development
of Konkonnuru village in the Akwapem Mountains, Rita
Marley has been made a queenmother with the stool name
Nana Afua Adobea.
Apparently, Nana Rita Marley repatriated to Ghana over
a decade ago and lives at Konkonduru a village near
Aburi. One of the most remarkable projects she has
undertaken has been adopting the local school of the
community, Methodist Local Primary and J.S.S. Apart
from rehabilitating old school blocks and building new
ones, she also supports the children through
schorlarship shemes and feeding the primary school
children to supplement their nutrition.
Rita Marley is the founder of Rita Marley Foundation,
a non governmental organisation which works with funds
from donations and the Bob Marley Foundation. The Rita
Marley Foundation undertake poverty alleviation
projects in developing countries.
Under her foundation, Mrs. Marley has supported the
funding and distribution of the five-in-one vaccine
for children of the eastern region. Some of the
numerous projects that she has initiated include
building the main road for the Konkonnuru community,
and bringing water to the village by drilling a 40
meters deep borehole for the community.
As part of remodeling the Konkonnuru Basic School
which has an enrollment of 90 pre-school children,
more than 80 senior students, 135 primary pupils and
15 teachers, she furnished the school with windows,
doors, desks and chairs and in colloboration with the
government of Ghana, provided electricity to the
Rita Marley also distributes donations of clothes,
plastic utensils, food, toothbrushes and soaps to the
rural folks in her community.
In 2004, Rita Marley and the women in her community
began a plantation of cassava and other vegetables.
Mrs. Marley has also opened a library stocked with the
musical works of Bob Marley and herself at her Tuff
Gong Studio at Aburi on the Akwapem ridge.
It is undoubtedly true therefore that Rita Marley
integrated into the Ghanaian society as a practical
means of returning to her roots. Nana Rita Marley is a
living example of what African descendants in the west
should be doing as part of their philosophy. It is
expected that this birthday celebration will not only
be a celebration of Bob Marley, but also an
encouragement for African descendants in the Diaspora
to return to their heritage and support the building
of our ancient civilization.
Author: By Kwadwo Gyan-Apenteng