Honesty Pays!: Ghanaian Dancehall Icon Shatta Wale Gifts $250 to Unemployed Man Who Returned Missing $8,500

BY Edwin Lamptey October 16, 2023 2:53 PM EDT

Ghanaian Dancehall icon, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, known by the stage name Shatta Wale, has commended the honesty of an unemployed man who returned a huge amount of cash that was missing.

The unemployed man, Dela Anim, on October 11, walked into the premises of Ghanaian media house, Adom FM with a cash bundle of GH₵100,000 (approximately $8,500) and other items he found in a taxi requesting a search be made for the rightful owner. 

Mr Anim explained how he found the money at the back of a taxi that he had boarded from Nima to Abossey Okai, both suburbs of Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

Along with the cash, he found a key, a list, and an ID card, which he was hopeful would help locate the rightful owner. 

Asked why he had not chosen to be silent and rather kept the cash despite being unemployed, Dela Anim boldly expressed how taking those actions would not have aligned with his principles of life. 

The On God hitmaker, who was moved by the honest and selfless gesture of the unemployed man decided to reward him.

“I was touched by God to help the man.  This is what I’ve been preaching to the Shatta Movement,” the Chop Kiss crooner noted.

Shatta Wale, during an interview on a morning show hosted by Adom FM, promised to reward the Good Samaritan with an amount of GH₵ 3,000 (approximately $255) together with a job opportunity at his taxi-hailing service, Shaxi.

On his X page (formerly Twitter), the 2023 Ghana Music Awards UK Artiste of the Year winner, expressed his heartfelt respect for Mr. Anim. 

“If Ghanaians will be truthful like this, good people will always approach them… I AM SO TOUCHED, GUYS. Please, guys, tag @Adom1063fm and let them know I am sending 3000ghc to this good Samaritan of a driver and also employ him to work with Shaxi if he is a professional driver or if he has a qualification that can give him a position in our office. What he did just touched me. God bless you, good Ghanaians.”

The Ghanaian Afrobeats star told Adom FM during their morning show that these were the kind of principles he encouraged his Shatta Movement community to emulate. He continued to highlight how it paid to be “real, truthful and righteous. “

In 2021, a nineteen-year-old Liberian, Emmanuel Tuloe, was reported having returned an amount of 50,000 US dollars to its rightful owner, Madam Musu Yancy, while riding his commercial motorcycle near the Gblor Dialla Township in Nimba County.

 The young man has been recognized as an Integrity Ambassador in Liberia where he is rewarded with a monthly salary of 500 dollars. President George Weah also rewarded the honest man with 10,000 dollars.