Majeed is a Ghanaian international and professional football player who currently plays for a French club, RC Strasbourg. He has had stints with a number of European teams, including Swedish side BK Häcken, Trabzonspor in Turkey, French sides Lorient and Nantes, Portuguese Champions League club FC Porto and Russian giants Spartak Moscow.
Growing up in Tamale, Northern Ghana, he remembers the lack of opportunities surrounding him and his family. However, aged 12, Majeed started his career at Right to Dream – a Ghanaian football academy. Majeed’s access to coaching, mentoring and programmes at the Academy and Hartpury shows the significant impact educational resources can have. It has inspired Majeed to provide life-changing pathways for his local community in Ghana and he continues to give back and act as a national role model. In 2014, The Majeed Waris Foundation was launched to provide material and financial assistance to aid health and education in Tamale Metropolis, Ghana. Since its inception, the foundation continues to develop its partnership with schools, hospitals and community groups.
He was named the Swedish Premier League Player of the Year in 2012 and top goal scorer, going on to win the Premier League in Portugal in 2018. He has played over 30 times for the Ghanaian national team. He has achieved significant milestones for Hartpury and Right to Dream, by becoming the first graduate to score for Ghana and Hartpury’s first World Cup player in 2014 in Brazil.
As well as excelling as a professional footballer and representing Ghana on the pitch, Majeed’s work in education and his local community continues to inspire. A worthy recipient.