He's been helping many other people for years. Now those people want to help him during a time of need.
Longtime local musician and African-American community leader Ketu Oladuwa suffered a serious leg injury in June when he was struck by another vehicle while riding his motorcycle on Rudisill Boulevard, friend Mary Ann Cain said.
When she last spoke with Oladuwa about two weeks ago, he had not yet been able to walk without use of a walker and still faces months of rehabilitation, Cain said.
That's why she and others have organized the Friends of Ketu Injury Recovery Fund to help Oladuwa and his family with medical and other expenses.
Donations can be made by going to the website of the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Arts and Culture (TRIAAC), www.triaac.org. Checks also can be made out to Ketu Oladuwa and mailed to: TRIAAC, 501 E. Brackenridge St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802-3522. The donations do not qualify as a tax-deductible contribution.
Oladuwa helped found TRIAAC and volunteers as its artistic director, Cain said. He also has been the longtime director of the Three Rivers Jenbe Ensemble, a local African drumming group for young people.
After friends heard about Oladuwa's accident, one planned to hold a benefit concert to help with medical and other expenses, Cain said. That man ended up taking a job out of state before he could organize the event.
Cain and other friends here still wanted to find some way to help, and she suggested starting a donation fund.
“He's always given more than he has received,” she said.