"The greatest gift I took from Right to Dream was the unity we all shared. No matter which tribe we were from we all came together, learning from and teaching one another."

Thomas Boakye is a second generation Right to Dream graduate who now plays as a forward for Swedish Superettan side Varberg Bois FC. Hailing from Ashtown in Ghana's second city Kumasi, Thomas was discovered at a trial event before joining the academy.

Thomas won a scholarship at Hartpury College in the UK and represented England Schoolboys before playing for the Ghana Under 20s and signing a professional contract at Ostersunds FK in Sweden.

Now an integral part of Varberg Bois, Thomas spends a lot of his spare time painting with his work proving extremely popular in Sweden. "When I was eight years old growing up in the village, me and my friends used to paint for fun. When I went to Right to Dream and then Hartpury, I started painting for people. That was when it really took off." 

Thomas Boakye Art

At Ostersunds, the club ran a special art project to raise money for charity. Thomas' painting raised more than any other piece. It was then that he decided to use his talent to benefit others. In 2016, Thomas held an exhibition where all proceeds from his sold paintings went to Syrian refugees living in Sweden. His latest exhibition raised funds for his hometown primary school to provide books and teaching materials as well as provision for the central prison in Kumasi.

"I decided to call my exhibition 'giving back to the world.' That's the goal. I want to use my talents to help others. The importance of giving back is something that has stuck with me ever since I joined Right to Dream."