American rapper Jonathan Smith alias Lil Jon recently opened a second elementary school in the West African country of Ghana.
The new school, named Mafi Atitekpo DA Primary School, got things started in December 2017 and was formally introduced in July 2018, as indicated by Pencils of Promise (PoP), the non-profit association working with the “Turn Down for What” rapper.
The main school the record producer and DJ created, Abomayaw D.A. Kindergarten, was built in honor of his late mother, Carrie M. Smith in 2017. Late last month the 47-year-old posted a #TBT of himself at the opening of the first school in Ghana.
Lil Jon is not the only celebrity who is giving back in terms of education, others include:
Rapper French Montana, 34, who hails from Morocco, is working with the Sabae School of Fida-Mers Sultan district in Morocco and he recently provided supplies and help with the up-keep of classrooms for the next few years.
“Chun Li” crooner Nicki Minaj, caused a stir online when she spontaneously pledge to pay off a selection of her Twitter followers’ student loans (and other school-related expenses) in 2017. Moreover, it has been reported that she has been sending money to villages in India for years via her pastor, Lydia Woodson-Sloley.
Grammy award-winning singer and beauty mogul Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, which supports students from Caribbean countries seeking higher education in the United States. For her work in improving the youth’s access to education, Riri received the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award. Rihanna also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which seeks to provide millions of young students around the world with education access.
Chance the rapper
Chance The Rapper launched the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund and in the same year, he’s raised over $3.2 million for Chicago Public Schools in 2017. The Chicagoan musician was named one of the most influential people in the world, earned the top spot on social change organization Do Something’s annual “Celebs Gone Good” list in 2017.