Joshua Buatsi, the 2016 Rio Olympic Bronze light-heavyweight medallist has so far made a favourable and prominent influence within boxing and has become a force to be reckoned with in his division. As his professional career steadily pivots, as does his ultimate ambition to empower the youth of his born nation of Ghana.
Buatsi was born in Tema, a city on the bight of Benin and Atlantic coast of Ghana to Christian parents from the Volta region of the Anlo Ewe ethnic group. He lived his juvenile years in the country before moving to Croydon, South London with his family at the age of nine. He is now a professional boxer with 16 professional fights under his belt, (16-0-13 TKO’s).
The connection Buatsi has with his place of birth never waned. His love for the people of Ghana has always been a key part of his make-up and fuel to his ambitions. These key fundamentals, together with a deep Christian faith has been the inspiration to set up a foundation in Ghana to give back to the community he was raised in.
The mission of the foundation is to focus on the amelioration of the youth from underserved communities in Ghana. The ultimate goals are to strengthen their innate physical and mental ability, to develop a high level of academic prowess, discipline, self-esteem, and confidence through the disciplines boxing provides.
The foundation is split into supporting two divisions. An orphanage, New Life Nungua Children’s Home International. A registered non-governmental and non-profit organization founded from a burning desire to aid the development of the homeless orphans in Ghana. In addition, Wisdom Boxing Gym, which is an educational fitness institution focused on youth development, education and life skills through physical fitness and boxing.
Joshua stands behind Franklin D. Roosevelt’s great quote, “We cannot always build the future for our youth but we can build our youth for the future.”