Menaye Donkor was born in 1981. She was brought up by her parents in Accra, Ghana, and is the youngest of seven siblings with four brothers and two sisters. At the age of seven Menaye inherited the job title of “Royal Stool Bearer” for her paternal grandmother, who is the Queen mother of Agona Asafo. She graduated with honors in marketing from York University in Toronto, Canada.
In her early twenties she started modelling after winning the “Miss Universe Ghana 2004” pageant and graced the covers of many magazines in Ghana. She also did editorial work for magazines in South Africa, Milan and Canada.
In 2004, soon after the pageant, she established the Menaye Charity Foundation, and took over the running of the Menaye School Of Hope which her parents set up in 2000. Menaye is now solely responsible for raising funds to support the school, which provides quality education to rural under privileged children. So far, over 500 children have been through the school and the facilities are continually expanding.
Through her Charity Foundation, Menaye also supported an orphanage in the eastern region of Ghana, providing medical care for over 600 orphans infected with HIV or AIDS.
In 2006 Menaye met Inter Milan footballer, Sulley Muntari, at the World Cup finals in Germany. They became a couple the following year and she began managing his brand under her management company MENMUN Ltd. In 2010 the pair got married in Accra on Christmas Day.
Her business interests are primarily in property and she runs her own property development company, Zafra ltd, which focuses on renting out and developing properties in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
In September 2012, Menaye was chosen by the Chief and elders of Agona Asafo in the Central Region of Ghana as the ‘Nkosuohemaa’ or ‘Development Queen’ of Agona Asafo with the official stool name Nanahemaa Menaye Afumade Afrakoma I.’
The Menaye School Of Hope was founded on 7 September 2000 on three acres of land in the central region of Ghana but lacked basic necessities. Menaye Donkor adopted the school after winning Miss Universe Ghana to help build a better environment for the children. She supported the school through fundraisers and her own personal money until two years ago where she raised sufficient amount of money at the “Together for Hope” Gala in Milano which has made a tremendous difference in the school.
The school is located in Agona Asafo, which is considered to be in one of the most deprived regions in the country with very high poverty and illiteracy rates.
The Menaye School Of Hope opened with 78 pupils learning in one school block, and now has 400 children in three blocks. It has so far provided education for many children and gained excellent results in all of its BECE examination (which has prepared them to enter high school). The Menaye Charity Organisation provides everything for the school from the physical buildings and equipment through to the teachers’ salaries, uniforms for the students, books and stationery.