Ousman Umar is an author, social entrepreneur, and founder of the NGO NASCO Feeding Minds. He left Ghana as a child, crossed the Sahara on foot, and journeyed through eight countries and 21,333 km to reach Barcelona, which took a treacherous five years to complete. In 2012, with his first savings, he founded NASCO Feeding Minds with the goal of improving education in his home country and ensuring that more young people would not have to endure what he had. In 2019 he wrote the book North to Paradise, which has sold more than 12,000 copies. In 2021, he released his second book, which chronicles his experiences rebuilding a new life in Europe. Umar is the recipient of the 2021 Princess of Girona Social Award.