Athletes enter the industry for many reasons. Some do it for money, some for fame. But Yahu’Kwame Ga’Vil Akachukwu Blackwell, better known as Yahu Blackwell, pursues his athletic career for one reason— “Servitude to humanity.” Over the years, Yahoo has positively impacted his community in Baltimore and his homeland in Africa.
Yahu Blackwell is formerly known as the WBU cruiserweight champion. Today, he is hailed as the #1 contender for the WBC regional title at heavyweight. As successful as his athletic career may seem, Yahu uses his status to build a legacy as an athlete who has continually taken genuine steps to create a better world. Besides being an athlete, Yahu is an entrepreneur and a humanitarian at heart.
The professional pugilist believes that being a champion is not about how many fights one wins within the ring, but how many fights an athlete wins outside the ring. As tenacious as he is when fighting opponents in sports, Yahu Blackwell is also relentless in shaping a better future for Africa. Being of Ghanaian and Nigerian blood, serving the children and people of West Africa comes as naturally as breathing. For him, it is a purpose that he must not deny to be fulfilled.
Additionally, Yahu Blackwell stands as the next man to be crowned as “King over Ehve in 2021.” With his humanitarian efforts, Yahu has become the face of My Sister Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization in Cameroon, Africa, dedicated to providing food, shelter, and clothing to orphans across the continent.
Yahu Blackwell has played a crucial role in advancing My Sister Cares Foundation’s efforts in offering orphans a second chance by creating a safer environment they can call home. The athlete has helped countless orphans in need of safety and security by donating over $65,000 of his personal earnings to help the organization. His commitment and charitable work have paved the way for the non-profit to buy food, oil, school supplies, and computers for the children of the orphanage, built in the southwest region of Cameroon, in a small city called Muea.
Furthermore, Yahu Blackwell was incredibly hands-on in building My Sister Care’s Foundation’s first orphanage in 2016. During the same travel to Africa, Yahu also assisted in rebuilding other orphanages in Cameroon. Besides funding and support, the athlete is also known for being genuine and sympathetic towards the children of the orphanages. He interacts by teaching them about various subjects, including boxing, health and nutrition, and more.
Besides his African roots, Yahu Blackwell is also profoundly connected in his heritage from Yehuda, Israel. He understands the suffering that his people have suffered for centuries, and now, having the resources and influence, he aims to spark the change. Helping others in need is an undeniable part of his identity and something that Yahu will never turn his back from. “I always knew I was special, I knew I was one of the chosen ones. I just chose to let my light shine,” shared the athlete.
Without a doubt, with his continuous excellence inside and outside the ring, Yahu Blackwell will truly set the bar higher for other athletes in the game. Learn more about the leading contender for the WBC regional title on Instagram.