Newcastle winger Christian Atsu is well known for his charity work back in Ghana.

The player believing it is his duty to help out those less fortunate than him, especially in his home country.

Recent times have seen him expand his good deeds, including helping some of those who are in prison in Ghana.

These have included paying money to secure the release of a mother and daughter who had been sentenced to three months in prison, for the offence of ‘taking some leftover corn’ which was worth around £2.

Christian Atsu donating around £200 to set the trio free.

A more serious case saw a 62 year old prisoner in desperate need of an operation.

Atsu once again stepped in, paying for the woman to have the surgery as the prison authorities didn’t have the funds – the woman serving a 10 year sentence for possession of marijuana.

Sadly, the All Africa media organisation report that the female prisoner didn’t survive the operation and has died.

With things sounding pretty desperate in his homeland, encouraging that somebody such as Christian Atsu is doing is best to help, rather than solely enjoying the lifestyle of what people assume to be your typical Premier League player.

All Africa:

A 62-year-old prisoner, Mama Theresa, whose surgery bills were paid by Black Star midfielder, Christian Atsu, has passed on days after the operation.

Atsu has been embarking on some major philanthropic works in recent weeks, with the winger’s latest kind gesture being extended to the ailing woman.

Mama Theresa was serving a 10-year jail term for possessing marijuana but was in serious condition following the deterioration of her health.

The old woman, therefore, needed immediate access to healthcare but the prison system was unable to raise funds for an emergency surgery.

However, Atsu stepped in and offered to pay for the full cost of her surgery and recuperation after hearing of her predicaments.

Unfortunately, the old lady passed on while she was being operated upon by doctors.

This comes after the Black Stars winger also saved a mother and her two daughters from going to jail for taking some leftover corn estimated at GH¢10 (around £2) belonging to another.

The three were set to serve a three-month sentence for “stealing” the corn until Atsu donated GH¢1,000 (£200) for their release.’



  • Tweed Mag

    Well done, hard to believe someone would go to prison for taking some ‘left over corn’. He is setting a good example.

    • Leazes.

      Yes it happened here too in the mid nineteenth century. seems like each society must go through the processes of liberation from feudalism independently, and cant have it given.

  • Gallowgate Dave

    3 months inside for taking leftover corn and 10 years for weed possession? I’ve never been in any bother with the polis here but in my younger years I’d probably have been sentenced to back to back life sentences in Ghana!

    Good on you Atsu.

  • panther

    well done fella, now see if you can concentrate on not being terrible on the pitch

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Nice thing to do but it is time Crapsu started to do some nice things on the pitch !

  • Albert Stubbins

    He’s been very charitable to the opposition in recent months as well!!

  • Carverlier football

    Good on you Christian. Didn’t Cisse used to send 75% of his wages back to Senegal?

    • Peaky

      Probably….to his 10 wives….

      • Ram Kishore

        No offense to Tiote but I remember Chieck had more than 2wives

  • Rich Lawson

    Good on him,what a shame so many prem’ ”stars” only feature in the media when they are being hauled off by the police for some car/alcahol/non consencal sex item. So much money for playing football now be nice if they did something more constructive with all that wealth (just a bit of it ?)

  • Dan Robson

    Nice bloke, shocking footballer

  • Paul Patterson

    Mama Teresa? 😮

    • Leazes.

      You can edit your post you know!

      • Paul Patterson

        Yeah, technical hitch with the internet connection . .

  • Paul Patterson

    Mama Theresa? 😮

  • Foggy

    I’d rather have a goal scoring scrooge than a philanthropist who can’t hit a barn door.

    • wheyayeman

      Who would you rather have if you were in great need, facing imprisonment for stealing a couple of pounds worth of corn to feed yourself or your family?

    • GToon

      How about players you can be proud of? The bloke has gone up in my estimation as a decent human, not just a footballer. Sachin Tendulca’s dad told him he didn’t care if he was the best cricketer in the world as long as he was a good person.

  • wheyayeman

    Footballing ability aside for a moment, he’s a top lad, could teach Ashley a thing or two about responsibility, grace and compassion.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Firstly, 62 isn’t old, so she must have had some really nasty condition. Secondly, I wish more footballers would behave in this way. Thirdly, ten years for possession when it has just been legalised in Canada just shows unfair some countries’ laws are.

    • Ram Kishore

      Progress takes some time maybe generations.
      It took Canada and few states in usa to legalise them many decades after they were banned in 1930s or 40s to support the alcohol business.

  • toonterrier

    Well done young’un now can you get the toon supporters out of jail.

  • Илья Иванов

    “… until Atsu donated GH¢1,000 (£200) for their release.”

    Better than nothing but that sounds rediculous to me. 200 pounds ffs. Deseve the mention.