Ghanaian Music Legend and the founder of Hiplife music Reggie Rockstone has teamed up with his wife Zilla to provide free food to the less privileged in Ghana. In an exclusive interview with Shine Publications, the music icon described the initiative as God sent and a win win situation as donors paid for the food on demand and he got the opportunity to help others by delivering the food. He admitted that the demand for food in such deprived communities, especially in these times of the Coronavirus crisis, were very high and some financial support was needed to ensure continuous production of the food. He revealed this over the weekend from Accra.
In the wake of the global Coronavirus pandemic, despite not being severely hit by the virus, job losses and suspension of certain commercial activities in order to prevent the spread of the virus in Ghana, have impacted the lives of many people especially the underprivileged. It is for this reason that music legend Reggie Rockstone and his wife Zilla Osei, have turned their vibrant hospitality business into a sustainable charitable entity. He explained the operatives and motivation for doing this. “This is God’s work. I mean in times of the Coronavirus pandemic, especially when people didn’t know what was going to happen to their businesses, God just turned it around. Now, we are moving as much as 300 packs of food a day. So, this is how it works, people order in bulk and pay for it, and then we prepare the food, package it accordingly and deliver it to the requested destination at no cost to the beneficiaries”, he said.
Reggie Rockstone added that the food he delivered ‘Waakye’ which is uniquely prepared beans and rice, was unique to Ghana should be supported, hence his choice of the local delicacy for his business. “From a Pan – African stand point, I’m saying why are you going to down your own? It took Nigerians to make noise about Jollof and then people got excited about it. But, Jollof has always been there. But as for ‘Waakye’, nobody can claim that because it is authentic to Ghanaians”, he explained.
Finally, Reggie Rockstone stated that it is his dream to see his ‘Rockz Waakye’ brand grow into an international food franchise like KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). “My dream is to franchise ‘Rockz Waakye’. The same way I treated Hiplife is the same way I am treating this movement. Now, it’s on a national level and I want it to go global soon”, he said.
By Jerry Wonder